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Washington, D.C. civil rights activist killed in car accident

No motor vehicle accidents are as devastating as those that prove fatal. Such is the case in a recent Washington, D.C. car accident that claimed the life of a woman. The victim was a civil rights activist who spent her days fighting for human rights.

The 39-year-old executive of the Human Rights Campaign had worked with the organization for the past 16 years. She was driving her scooter in northeast D.C. on a recent Saturday night when she was struck by a car whose driver was attempting to make a U-turn from a far right lane. While doing so, the car crossed into the left lane of traffic, and the woman's scooter hit the driver's side of the vehicle.

EMS and DC Fire personnel transported the woman for medical treatment after they arrived at the scene of the accident. Sadly, the woman was declared dead at the hospital. The Major Crash Investigations Unit is continuing its investigation into the fatal crash.

In any car accident, there is the potential for criminal charges if fault can be determined due to speeding, alcohol or other illegal contributing factors. Unrelated to criminal proceedings, however, is the possibility of a civil wrongful death lawsuit against the driver if negligence is apparent. A seasoned Washington, D.C. attorney can offer counsel and ongoing support to anyone who has suffered injury or lost a loved one in a car accident due to the fault of another party. A successfully litigated personal injury lawsuit may result in the award of monetary damages that can be used toward the cost of medical treatments; in wrongful death claims, the damages often go toward funeral expenses, loss of income and other damages recognized by applicable laws.

Source: Washington DC Patch, "Civil Rights Executive Dies In Traffic Crash In Northwest Washington", Cameron Luttrell, Aug. 29, 2017

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