Nov 1, 2013 |


Nov 1, 2013 - Wrongful Death

Pennsylvania drivers are aware that the roadways can be the stage for tragedy. Although most drivers seek to drive safely and abide by the rules, a simple distraction could lead to a fatal collision. Moreover, a negligent driver could affect more than other vehicles on the road. The driver could collide with pedestrians, cyclists or property. This could result in a severe fatal accident.

A bus crash occurred last month in Pottstown, and the bus driver is now facing charges for striking and killing an elderly woman. According to reports, the 78-year-old woman was struck by a school bus while it was making a right-hand turn.

Following investigation, authorities determined that there was noting obstructing the vision of the driver; therefore, the driver should have seen the pedestrian crossing the street. This resulted in the driver being charged for involuntary manslaughter and careless driving. In addition to facing criminal penalties, the driver could also endure civil liabilities. Likewise, the bus company where the driver worked could also be liable for civil damages.

Following a fatal pedestrian accident, the loved ones of the deceased can file a wrongful death suit. This could result in the loved ones recovering compensation that could cover medical bills, funeral costs, lost wages and damages.

The loss of a love one can mean dealing with intense emotions as well as financial burdens. Even if liability is determined, loved ones need to assess whether filing for compensation is best for them. This is why they should seek to understand their rights and options so that they know what path they should take.

Source: SF Gate, “Pa. school bus driver charged in fatal accident,” Oct. 25, 2013

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