WOMAN KILLS MOTORCYCLIST AND CHARGED WITH TEXTING WHILE DRIVING
May 29, 2013 - Wrongful Death
With the fast pace of life today and advancements in technology, there are additional risks for drivers on the road. Smart phones, and the constant need to be in contact with others, create a very dangerous distraction for drivers. Texting while driving significantly increases the chances of a driving being involves in a car accidents. Distracted driving cannot only cause a serious accident but could also result in the wrongful death of an innocent victim.
A western Pennsylvania woman has an additional charge added to her homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter charges that resulted from the car accident she was involved in on May 7. The woman is now charged with texting while driving after police discovered she had been texting at the time of an accident in which a former volunteer fire chief was killed. It was alleged that she rear-ended his motorcycle and dragged him under her vehicle on Route 956.
A search warrant was obtained by police officers in order to look at her phone records. Authorities discovered that at the time of her rear-ending the motorcycle of the victim she had a text message open. In addition to the criminal charges that she faces, she could also face civil suits brought against her by the loved ones of the deceased. They could file a wrongful death suit in order to obtain compensation to cover medical bills, funeral costs, damages, lost wages and pain and suffering.
A fatal accident is a traumatic event that can change the lives of everyone involved. The loved ones of the deceased will often suffer emotional damages after losing someone close to them. Compensation from a wrongful death suit can help with the coping process, especially if there are any financial burdens that resulted from the accident.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle, “Pa. woman charged with texting before fatal crash,” May 20, 2013