Wrongful death suit can compensate family when charges can’t

A Pennsylvania woman has been criminally charged following a fatal car accident that occurred last year in Allegheny Township. According to police, the 32-year-old woman had been driving a Nissan Pathfinder erratically when she caused an accident that killed a 58-year-old woman.

Following the accident, police conducted an investigation and concluded that the Pathfinder had to have been traveling between 81 and 84 mph at the time of the collision. The speed limit on the road where the fatal car accident occurred is 65 mph. Furthermore, witnesses claim that the woman had been abruptly changing lanes prior to colliding with the back of the victim’s car. The victim died an hour after the accident of blunt force trauma.

The woman has now been charged with various criminal charges including felony homicide by vehicle. These criminal charges will ensure that justice is served for any reckless behavior. However, these charges will not compensate the family of the victim for everything that they have lost.

When drivers fail to follow the rules of the road they are negligent. When a negligent driver causes a fatal car accident, the victim’s family can be left suffering from the devastation. However, legal options are available for the family so that their emotional pain does not have to be worsened by financial difficulties.

Through a wrongful death suit, families of those killed by a negligent driver can be compensated for their financial losses. These can include lost wages, medical expenses, funeral costs and other financial damage. Furthermore, compensation may be available for their pain and suffering. While this compensation cannot make up for the loss of their loved one, it can help to ensure that the family is not placed into debt because of the tragedy.

Source: Altoona Mirror, “Woman charged in fatal crash,” Greg Bock, Feb. 9, 2014



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