On Nov. 10, a 35-year-old man who allegedly suffered a seizure and caused a fatal dump truck accident in Lackawanna County in 2011 was sentenced to two years in a treatment program and 13 years' probation. He is also forbidden to drive throughout his probationary period. The man attended court proceedings via video camera from inside the prison at Camp Hill. According to reports, he has already begun a drug treatment program within the facility.
The accident reportedly occurred in October 2011 on Interstate 84 in Dunmore when the truck driver had a seizure and crossed the median, striking another vehicle. A 40-year-old twin brother and sister from upstate New York died in the crash.
The dump truck driver was said to have withheld his medical history from employment and commercial vehicle license applications. He pled guilty to driving under the influence of synthetic marijuana and involuntary manslaughter before sentencing. It was reported that the man would likely spend a few more months in prison before he is moved to a halfway house to continue drug treatment.
According to news reports, family members of the deceased were not particularly satisfied with the outcome of the criminal case. They may decide to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver and perhaps the company that employed him.
When a fatal car accident such as this one occurs, family members of the decedents may want to consider their options toward pursuing compensation for their loss of a loved one. They might seek the help of a personal injury attorney to advise or represent their interests in a civil suit. He or she could obtain police reports and other pertinent documents like crash reconstruction findings. An attorney might also help with insurance settlement negotiations. It may not always be necessary to enter into court litigation.