It is a sad truth that accidents are simply a part of life. People all across the country are involved in car accidents every day, some experience minor fender benders while others are, sadly, involved in accidents that have more tragic outcomes. Recently, a New York man was charged and sentenced for his involvement in a multi-vehicle car crash that proved fatal for two individuals.
The driver, a 61-year-old male, reportedly responsible for this incident was driving his pickup at a high rate of speed when he rear-ended a car driven by a 58-year-old woman. He then continued forward on the road and collided with yet another vehicle, driven by a 69-year-old male. Both victims were killed in the accident.
The individual responsible apparently has Parkinson's disease and had previously had his license suspended, but was recently cleared by his doctor to drive again. Criminal charges were filed against him, and he was recently sentenced to five years of probation. He was ordered to pay fines of over $5,000 and his license was suspended once again.
A medical diagnosis does not necessarily remove fault from a driver who is responsible for an accident. Those who have lost a loved one in a car crash due to the negligence of another could pursue a wrongful death claim to seek restitution for the losses they have suffered as a result. If litigation is successful and liability is affirmed, a civil court in New York could award monetary compensation to the surviving family members for their pain and suffering and to assist in recouping any expenses they have incurred.
Source: buffalonews.com, Man with Parkinson's gets probation for crash that killed 2 other drivers, Thomas Prohaska, Feb. 5, 2014