Feb 11, 2013 |


Feb 11, 2013 - Wrongful Death

Average Americans are always on the move and in a rush, which often causes them to be careless and unaware of their surroundings. This can create a perfect environment for a range of accidents ranging from small collisions to fatal accidents. A driver may have not seen a pedestrian walking near his or her vehicle, the posted traffic sign or the oncoming vehicle. Not only should drivers watch their speeds and slow down, but they should also take the time to look at their surroundings and avoid distracting activities such as talking or texting on their phones.

A northeastern Pennsylvania woman recently pled guilty to hit-and-run charges stemming from an incident that transpired last summer. The auto accident occurred when she struck a 20-year-old man in a wheelchair. The man was in the wheelchair recovering from a previous auto accident, when he was struck by the woman’s vehicle. The woman alleged that she thought that she had struck a shopping cart, which is why she did not stop at the scene of the accident. The next day, however, she turned herself in for the presumed hit-and-run accident, which resulted in the death of the young man.

The Pennsylvania woman has accepted the responsibility of the accident and is very remorseful. She entered a plea to the charges related to the careless driving accident that caused another’s death. In addition to these criminal charges, the family and loved ones of the deceased may be able to file a wrongful death suit. The compensation awarded from the claim would go towards funeral costs, lost wages, damages and pain and suffering.

Although it is common for drivers to be in a rush, it is important for drivers to not exceed the posted speed limit and other traffic laws. While this might mean that the driver is late to his or her destination, it is better to be late than in a collision leading to injuries or even fatalities.

Source: The Sentinel, “Plea in NE Pa. crash that killed man in wheelchair,” Feb. 5, 2013

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