It is always difficult to hear about the loss of a loved one due to an auto-pedestrian accident. Determining fault can sometimes be a complicated process. A wrongful death lawsuit can take years, time many plaintiffs don’t have if faced with financial issues. While the family of the deceased may eventually receive a financial settlement to compensate them for their loss, they may experience a shortfall in their finances that could lead to a significant financial hardship. If this happens, they may benefit from litigation funding – a lawsuit cash advance against a future settlement.
A 60-year-old woman was in the crosswalk when she was hit by a pick-up truck in 2011. The force of impact sent the pedestrian flying to the pavement, where she struck her head, suffering serious injuries. She died two days at the hospital. The family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the truck driver, as well as the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the borough of Honesdale, the architectural firm Borton-Lawson, Leeward Construction Inc., and Parsons Brinckerhoff, the engineering firm which designed the roadway. The suit claimed the driver was operating his vehicle “in such a careless, reckless and negligent manner” when he ran directly into the woman as she attempted to cross the street. The suit also alleged that the borough of Honesdale failed to paint and maintain clearly marked crosswalks and failed to properly design its roads and sidewalks, forcing pedestrians to cross the street in front of traffic turning onto the one-way street and not behind.
A $2.05 million settlement was reached a month before the case was set to go to trial, three years after the fatal accident. All parties contributed in the settlement. Since the death, Honesdale moved many of its crosswalks on intersections with one-way streets to safer positions. While no amount of financial compensation could ever replace the loss of their loved one, this Pennsylvania family takes comfort in knowing that their pursuit of justice led to improvements in pedestrian safety at dangerous intersections.
If you have lost a loved one and are in the process of recovering damages from a fatal pedestrian-auto accident, we recommend contacting a wrongful death attorney who can help preserve your legal rights and provide the representation needed to obtain full compensation for damages. If you have a pending or already settled lawsuit for a pedestrian-auto accident and wish to apply for a lawsuit cash advance or learn more about litigation funding, complete our online application or contact Lawsuit Financial today. There are no application fees, credit checks, employment history verification, or monthly payments. Once we receive an application and case documentation, funding can be available within 24 – 48 hours, if approved.