Family prepared to celebrate a wedding, will instead plan funeral

A 26-year-old Missouri bride-to-be and her best friend recently smiled widely for a photo as they were enroute to her bachelorette party. Only minutes later, the two young women were involved in a serious car accident which tragically claimed the life of the bride-to-be. Today, the woman's family, fiancé and especially her five-year-old son; are overcome with grief as they struggle to understand those factors that led to their loved one's death.

The bride-to-be's 26-year-old friend was driving the vehicle when the fatal car accident occurred. According to the 26-year-old, the two were traveling along a two-lane highway when their car came up behind a semi truck. After following the truck for a short time, the driver said her friend, who was asthmatic, began coughing due to the truck's exhaust fumes. As the 26-year-old attempted to pass the large truck, her vehicle collided with an oncoming car.

The 26-year-old driver contends she failed to see the oncoming car, which was driven by a 25-year-old man, until it was too late. While both drivers attempted to take evasive action to avoid crashing into each other, the area of impact occurred on the passenger side of the 26-year-old's car where her friend was seated. The young mother suffered fatal injuries. Neither driver was seriously injured.

While police contend no criminal charges will be filed in the accident, the young woman's family may choose to take legal action and file a wrongful death lawsuit. Nothing can undo past mistakes and bring a loved one back. However, compensation awarded in a wrongful death lawsuit can aid a family in covering death-related expenses including medical bills, lost wages and funeral expenses.

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