Everyone in Pennsylvania should know that driving under the influence of drugs can be dangerous. There is a reason why drunk and drugged driving is illegal -- it puts drivers, their passengers and anyone else on the road at risk of serious injury of death. Driving under the influence, whether of drugs or alcohol, lowers a driver's ability to think clearly and affects many of the other senses necessary for safe driving. Unfortunately, there are many drivers in Allentown and the surrounding areas who will still do drugs and drive.
Take, for example, a man who was recently arrested and charged with driving after imbibing marijuana and homicide by vehicle for his role in causing a fatal motorcycle accident. The man is accused of causing the Norristown accident in November 2013 as he pulled out of a parking spot on Main Street.
According to police, the man had been parked illegally when he went to move his car. He pulled out of the spot and proceeded to make a U-turn. That U-turn, however, put him right in the path of a motorcyclist. Sadly, the impact killed the biker and the driver was subsequently arrested. Police took blood samples from the driver and it was then that they discovered the marijuana in his system.
While a criminal trial will certainly be an attempt at justice for the motorcyclist who was killed, it is not the only way to do so. Many families find it comforting to file a wrongful death lawsuit to hold the person responsible for a loved one's death civilly liable. Whether this family has chosen to file a wrongful death lawsuit, however, remains to be seen.
Source: CBS Philadelphia, "Man Charged For Fatal November 2013 Crash In Norristown," Jan. 9, 2014