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Mississippi wrongful death: Crash in Hattiesburg leaves 2 dead

Hattiesburg Police along with the Mississippi Highway Patrol are in the process of investigating a car crash that left two people dead and an officer injured. This event reportedly occurred Saturday, Jan. 26. While the cause of the crash is still unknown, if negligence on behalf of the officer contributed to the wreck, the victims' families may pursue compensation for their losses by filing wrongful death claims in civil court.

This event occurred near Edwards Street and U.S. Highway 49 around 6 p.m., according to a news report. A picture of the crash scene shows a police car with heavy front end damage and a sedan with one of its sides crushed in. The driver and passenger of the sedan -- a 66-year-old male and an 80-year-old female -- are said to have died at the scene. A Forrest County Sheriff's deputy was behind the wheel of the police car. He is said to have suffered minor injuries.

It could take some time before authorities piece this event together in order to determine exactly what happened. Obviously, everyone wants answers -- particularly the families of the deceased individuals. Authorities have offered no information regarding who may have been at fault in this case.

When a loved one dies in a car crash, the emotional and financial losses can devastate a family. Thankfully, under specified circumstances, the state of Mississippi allows family members to seek compensation for their losses. The surviving loved ones of these victims may seek legal counsel in order to determine if pursuing wrongful death claims in civil court would be appropriate under the circumstances. If it is and taking such action proves successful, maximum relief may be achieved.

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