Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol is dangerous and against the law in Pennsylvania and across the country. Even a prescribed medication, if misused or abused, can result in criminal charges for a driver that is caught behind the wheel while under the influence. Law enforcement takes incidents of drunk or drugged driving seriously, and for good reason.
Recently, charges were filed against a man who made some very bad decisions that resulted in serious injuries and a death. According to reports, the man was under the influence of marijuana and a prescription pain medication. Even though he had a prescription for the pain medication, it was determined that he had been abusing the medication by taking more than the prescribed dosage, resulting in a high.
According to witnesses and passengers, the man was driving aggressively with seemingly no regard for speed limits and traffic laws. He swerved off the roadway and struck a tow truck worker who was loading a generator onto a truck on the side of the road. This victim died as a result, and passengers in the vehicle also suffered serious injuries.
Though the driver now faces criminal charges, the family of the deceased victim is likely also entitled to pursue a civil claim. Motor vehicle accidents caused by the negligence of another party can leave mourning loved ones in a financial bind. Outstanding medical bills and funeral costs can be overwhelming, and in many cases, an attorney can help a client seek justice and monetary relief through the civil justice system.