Feb 7, 2013 |


Feb 7, 2013 - Wrongful Death

No matter the cause, the loss of a loved one can be a challenging and tragic experience. A wrongful death of a loved one can increase the challenges the family and friends have to endure. Not only is there the unexpected loss of a life, but also, family members can face additional financial burdens. Whether it is due to a car crash or a work accident, family members of the deceased love one may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party.

A trial for the charges of vehicular homicide is being held for the man who killed a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation worker with his vehicle in a work zone in October 2012. Officials allege that the defendant crashed his truck into an active work zone where his vehicle struck and killed a worker. A 66-year-old PennDot worker was on duty in the active work zone when a truck entered into the work zone by sliding onto the shoulder of Interstate 276 going eastbound in Plymouth. The double-axle truck struck the worker, which sent his helmet to fly 16 feet up into the air. The collision resulted in the worker being pinned up against the guardrail by the truck, and he sadly died from the impact of the crash.

The pending charges include homicide by vehicle, aggravated assault by vehicle and other related offenses. Family members in situations such as this may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Compensation from the suit would cover funeral costs, lost wages, damages and pain and suffering.

The loss of a loved one can be emotional and extremely hard to deal with, especially when the death was caused by an accident that was unexpected. The emotional and financial hardships families experience after a loved one is wrongfully killed can go one for years, and compensation could ease the pain and financial burdens.

Source:, “Charges held against Montco man accused of causing crash that killed PennDOT worker,” Jenny DeHuff, Jan. 24, 2013

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