Pennsylvania – March 12, 2021

The operator of a speeding vehicle, who was driving under the influence of alcohol on wet roadway conditions, caused multiple fatal injuries in February.  He was arraigned on those criminal counts including homicide by vehicle and DUI after a finding of a blood alcohol of  .093% above the .08% legal limit.  The vehicle he was driving in the accident had inspection failures including brake problems, and a defective quarter panel and rocker panel on the driver’s side of the vehicle.

Out of the four people who died, included all three people in the Honda and a passenger in the drunk driver’s vehicle., two were pronounced dead at the scene caused by blunt force trauma, and the others were transported to AHN Forbes Hospital in Monroeville where they later succumbed to injuries.  After being released from the hospital, the drunk driver was charged with four counts of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence of alcohol, five counts of reckless endangering and single counts of DUI, careless driving causing unintentional death, driving at an unsafe speed, disregarding traffic lanes, operating a vehicle without a valid inspection and reckless driving.  He was ordered held in the county prison after failing to post $250,000 bond.  After fatal injury occurs, loved ones of victims should speak to an  experienced accident attorney who can guide their actions toward damage recovery.

Wrongful death.

In Pennsylvania, family members, or legal representatives must file a wrongful death legal action to secure compensation when a loved one dies because of the negligent, reckless, or deliberate act of another.  A Pennsylvania wrongful death attorney can assist with damages in these lawsuits that may include:

  • Medical bills and treatment,
  • Funeral and burial expenses,
  • Lost wages compensation,
  • Compensation for pain and suffering,
  • Punitive damages base on individual case.

A personal injury attorney can be instrumental in claims processing with the insurer to cover immediate expenses to address funeral and burial costs.  Further efforts toward damage compensation may be initiated in court, or through further insurance settlements.

Insurance.

An accident attorney can explain Pennsylvania’s  “modified comparative negligence” rule, where an individual can still recover damages in a personal injury lawsuit, but the amount of compensation will be reduced by an amount that is equal to their percentage of fault. The state also has a “no-fault” component where victims can access payment from their own insurance companies to cover certain expenses related to the accident.  An experienced accident attorney  can answer most victim’s questions on the necessity of legal action toward financial recovery.

Hire legal counsel.

Victims who have suffered catastrophic loss at the hands of another should contact an accident attorney in the Pittsburgh area to assist with the determination of  “fault” and move forward with a wrongful death action after the loss of a loved one.  An experienced accident lawyer at Scanlon & Wojton will fight for accident victim’s rights by building a case utilizing state and federal accident laws.

Scanlon & Wojton, Attorneys at Law

The Mitchell Building
304 Ross Street, Suite 510
Pittsburgh, Pa 15219

Phone:  (412) 918-1241

Fax: (412) 235-7275

Sources.

Driver in fatal Route 30 crash that killed 4 in North Huntingdon arraigned on homicide by vehicle, DUI charges | TribLIVE.com

https://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/LEGIS/LI/consCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&ttl=42&div=00.&chpt=083.&sctn=001.&subSctn=000.

https://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/LI/CT/HTM/42/00.085.053.000..HTM

https://www.dot.state.pa.us/Public/DVSPubsForms/BMV/BMV%20Forms/AA-600.pdf

https://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/LI/CT/HTM/42/00.071.002.000..HTM

https://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/LI/CT/HTM/42/00.055.024.000..HTM

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