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.
Authorities in Pennsylvania are investigating the cause of a tragic accident that took the life of a Berks County businesswoman. She was out on her morning jog near her home when she was hit by a pickup truck. After the crash, the truck came to rest in a wooded area with the woman lying next to the vehicle. Sadly, she died at the scene.
The 56-year-old man driving the truck had not been charged with a crime at the time of a local report. As is routine after a fatal accident, the driver was ordered to take a blood test to check for alcohol impairment.
The 52-year-old woman who was killed was the daughter of the founder of East Penn Manufacturing. She served as the vice chairman and chief executive officer of the company. In the wake of her death, members of the business community have praised her work and character.
Regardless of whether the pickup driver faces criminal charges, the grieving family has the option of bringing a wrongful death suit. Such legal action can never bring back a lost loved one, but sometimes families can reach some degree of solace by holding a wrongdoer accountable.
Source: WFMZ.com, "Police: Woman hit, killed by pickup truck," June 20, 2014