According to local police, a driver involved in a wreck on Route 68 in Forward Township on June 18 may have been suicidal at time of the crash. Authorities said the 38-year-old man was speeding and drove into oncoming traffic when his vehicle collided with a Jeep Cherokee driven by a 36-year-old woman around 11:20 p.m. Both drivers were killed in the crash. The driver of the Jeep left behind three children.
Authorities believe that the man was suicidal because he was reportedly fighting with an ex-girlfriend before the wreck. At some point during the argument, he commented that he might hurt himself according to a trooper with Butler police barracks. As of June 19, police were trying to determine whether or not he was under the influence of alcohol while he was behind the wheel.
In a civil case that stemmed from this incident, the estate of the supposedly negligent driver could be held responsible for compensating the deceased woman's family. In addition, the man's insurance policy would still be valid and expected to cover all applicable expenses up to its limits.
Talking with an attorney can help family members of fatal accident victims work through a very difficult time. While financial awards cannot bring loved ones back, they can help provide for their families and cover final expenses. Damages from wrongful death suits also cover any medical bills incurred by decedents before passing on. Depending on the facts of the case, a lawyer may be able to negotiate a settlement and avoid court proceedings altogether so that family members can begin moving on with their lives.
Source: WTRF , "Police: Double-fatal crash may have been suicide", June 19, 2014