Typically, when a truck accident occurs, negligence is a contributing factor of some sort. On August 31, 2016, a fatal truck crash occurred in Strasburg Township. Both drivers walked away from the scene of the accident, while the passenger of the Ford F150 lost his life. After a reconstruction of the truck accident was completed by a professional reconstructionist, the Quarryville resident and driver of the Ford F150 that was involved in the accident was charged by Pennsylvania State Police for several criminal counts. Could he also be sued for wrongful death?
The Accident Reconstruction
According to the police, at about 6:34 a.m., Kevin Bryan Grove’s Ford F150 pickup truck was traveling north on Route 222 when it crossed the double yellow lines. Why the truck driver crossed the yellow lines was never determined. The driver of a dump truck that was traveling southbound attempted to avoid a collision with the Ford truck, but was unable to. The dump truck collided with the passenger side of the Ford truck, killing the passenger in the Ford, 30-year-old Quarryville resident, Randall Wilps.
Although Grove and the driver of the dump truck walked away from the accident without injury, Randall Wilps was pronounced dead at the scene. Grove was charged with driving with a suspended license, the result of a previous DUI. Records showed that he had previously been charged with driving without a license many times. The conclusion of the accident reconstructionist revealed that Grove was either distracted or inattentive right before the truck accident occurred.
Grove is currently awaiting trial in Bedford County to face the counts that he has been charged with, which include:
- Accidents involving death or personal injury while not properly licensed,
- Driving on roadways laned for traffic,
- Driving with a suspended license, and
- Careless driving.
He is being held on $25,000 bail on other charges, including disorderly conduct and terroristic threats.
What About Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death could be an issue in a situation like this. A death was caused by the accident, and someone’s negligent actions led to that death. Certainly, the family of Randall Wilps could file a wrongful death lawsuit against Kevin Bryan Grove, but there are several questions that her family should ask themselves before proceeding to file a suit, especially because Grove is facing criminal charges and may spend time in jail:
- Is the lawsuit worth your time, the cost, and your effort?
- Can you collect any compensation from him? Does he have any assets?
- How long will he be in prison?
Personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits are expensive to pursue. That is why most people, and even companies, will settle well before going to trial. Before you discount filing a lawsuit against a negligent driver who caused injury or death, though, you should contact an experienced Pennsylvania truck accident attorney or a Pennsylvania wrongful death attorney to help you determine whether a lawsuit is feasible, as well as worth your money and time.
(image courtesy of Seb Creativo)