When motor vehicle accidents occur, most people may worry about the cost of automobile repairs, filing insurance claims and facing insurance rate increases. In some collision cases, drivers may face formal charges in a criminal court if traffic laws were allegedly broken. Apart from criminal charges, victims of collisions may have a legal right to file a lawsuit against a driver in civil court to seek compensation for any resulting physical or emotional damages. One Pennsylvania driver recently offered a plea of guilty to his contribution in one this year's deadly motorcycle accidents.
The 19-year-old man was driving southbound when he decided to pass the vehicle in front of him. As he attempted to pass the vehicle while driving his pickup truck, he veered into the northbound lane. Unfortunately, there was a motorcycle in the northbound lane, and a tragic collision occurred.
The motorcycle had two riders. The 48-year-old male driver suffered serious injuries and did not survive. His 42-year-old female passenger did survive despite being thrown from the bike. The pickup driver was criminally charged for his actions that resulted in the collision, and he recently admitted guilt in criminal court. He will be sentenced during another hearing, and he could spend up to 14 years in prison.
Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents such as this one can result in unexpected tragic death and serious injuries to anyone involved. Families may be left to financially manage life without a loved one's contributing income while sorting medical and burial expenses. Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys can advise families of their right to file a lawsuit in civil court in cases that may involve negligence.
Source: stargazette.com, "Bradford County fatal crash guilty plea," Jeff Murray, Nov. 16, 2017