Verona, MO (December 02, 2020) – An accident took the lives of both a passenger and a driver on South 2nd Street in the city of Verona on Wednesday, December 2nd.
Reports by the Missouri State Highway Patrol state that, at about 8:00 p.m., a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee was heading southbound along South 2nd Street, also known as Business Highway 60. For reasons that have yet to be determined, the Jeep left the paved portion of the highway and struck a tree.
Both the vehicle’s driver, 54-year-old James V. Costanza, and passenger, 38-year-old Kimberly L. Pauls, both residents of Verona, were pronounced dead at the scene by the Lawrence County Coroner.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victims, James V. Costanza and Kimberly L. Pauls, at this time.
Passenger Fatalities in Verona
Wrongful death is a death that is caused by the action, inaction, or negligence of a person or business. In Missouri, wrongful death is defined as “the death of a person result[ing] from any act, conduct, occurrence, transaction or circumstance which, if death had not ensued, would have entitled such person to recover damages in respect thereof.” Wrongful deaths can include circumstances such as a person killed by a driver who ran a red light, a passenger who dies due to negligence on the part of the driver, or a doctor making a mistake that causes the death of their patient.
Bringing a claim of wrongful death could possibly ensure that you receive much-needed financial compensation that will help you pay for hospital bills, funeral expenses, and help grieving members of your family get the counseling they need. This financial compensation could also go towards your child’s education and many other responsibilities your deceased family member would have contributed to.
When victims are killed in collisions, they often leave behind friends and family that are devastated. In some cases, families can reach out to a wrongful death attorney in Missouri to get the justice they deserve for their loved ones. Working with a skilled and knowledgeable legal team can help to ensure you are in the best position possible to move forward after experiencing the loss of a loved one.
Our team at Peterson & Associates P.C. will help you to understand the legal options available to you in the aftermath of a car accident. Our car accident attorneys in Kansas City strive to help our clients maximize their recoveries so they can get the medical treatment they need without the worry. Not only is it crucial that families are able to get full and fair compensation after losing loved ones in accidents caused by negligent drivers, but we are committed to helping them gain peace of mind in knowing they can move forward and overcome the challenges they face.
If you have lost a loved one due to a car accident, and you would like to explore legal options available to you, contact our Kansas City personal injury attorneys at 1 (816) 683-3278 as soon as possible to schedule a free case of evaluation to see how we can help you.
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