Failure to pay attention while driving can lead to catastrophe, and when distracted driving is determined to be the cause of an injurious or fatal accident, the victim or the victim's family has a right to hold the driver responsible through civil legal action. Even when a driver is charged with a crime in connection with a crash, sometimes the only way to achieve the full measure of legal justice is through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
Pennsylvania's Dram Shop Act makes it possible to hold sellers of alcohol responsible if they over-serve a visibly intoxicated driver who later injures or kills a person. However, the standard of proof is high in these cases, which often hinge on whether the plaintiff's attorney can prove that the drunk driver was visibly intoxicated prior to being sold or served alcohol.
Commercial truck drivers are supposed to receive extensive training before they are legally eligible to operate tractor-trailers. This training includes education on how to watch for smaller vehicles and follow the rules of the road as accidents involving large trucks can easily lead to fatalities and necessary legal action.
It is impossible to accurately describe the grief a parent can experience after the death of a child, and when the death was caused by a third party’s negligence, the emotional aftermath can become exceedingly complicated. One Pennsylvania family has opted to take legal action against various entities the family claims were responsible for their daughter's death at the Center Street railroad crossing in Milton, Pennsylvania.