Losing a loved one to a crash is bad enough, but knowing that crash was preventable matters even more painful. It’s tough to imagine what some people go through after learning a loved one was killed by someone who was shooting up heroin and then driving their car in public. CBS Philly is reporting that’s allegedly what happened after the recent hit and run crash near Jo-Jo’s Ice Cream.
If you hadn’t heard, a 70yr old man was hit while crossing the street in a crosswalk after making a regular trip to get ice cream. The driver has now been charged with felony counts of third degree murder, vehicular homicide, reckless driving. Leaving the scene of an accident was also a charge, and leaving the scene of a fatal crash in Philadelphia means mandatory prison time.
If you use heroin
If you use heroin, please do not get behind the wheel of a car. Stay off of the road. You are not ok to drive, even if you use heroin on a regular basis. There is help. Contact SAMHSA’s National Helpline anytime. The call is free and confidential, and they will connect you with local resources. Drugged driving can cause devastating damage to completely innocent people in the blink of an eye.
Wrongful Death Claims
Other than locking up people who break the law, the criminal courts can not compensate families who have lost loved ones. While these claims can only help so much, wrongful death claims exist to help loved ones seek compensation and closure for family members left behind. Compensation could include funeral and burial expenses, medical expenses, loss of income and future income, benefit and future benefits losses, loss of companionship for the spouse and/or children, pain and suffering, loss of love, affection, care, and more. Unfortunately, insurers hope loved ones never hear of these claims and never contact them and in the event they do, they often attempt to blame the pedestrian. Hopefully you never lose a loved one to a reckless driver, but if you do, contact us for a free, confidential consultation as soon as possible.