As some Philadelphia residents know, the Turnpike can often be a dangerous place for drivers and anyone who happens to be working on it. Unfortunately for one man, the work he was doing on the Turnpike cost him his life. The man responsible for that action, however, has just pled guilty, and will now be held accountable for those actions.
The accident occurred on the Turnpike near Plymouth Meeting last October. The 35-year-old driver was driving a storage van when it veered on to the shoulder and struck a maintenance vehicle. The 66-year-old worker was pinned against a guardrail, and, eventually, died from multiple injuries. Though it appeared that it was an accident, that drugs and alcohol were not factors and that the man was not on a cell phone, the man responsible for the worker’s death is still likely to receive prison time, particularly since he had a suspended license. If convicted, the driver could face a maximum of seven years in jail for the death of the Turnpike worker.
The loss of loved ones is always tragic, whether it stems from workplace accidents, motor vehicles accidents or for any other cause. When that loss is caused because of someone else’s negligence, it makes it that much worse knowing that someone else was responsible for the loss.
When the loss occurs from a workplace accident, after the initial grief, the family will often want to speak with a Philadelphia Job Site Injury Attorney to find out how to hold the offending party accountable. The best way to find the responsible party is to try and ascertain as many details about the accident as possible. While it is often difficult to rehash the details, it is necessary to be sure that the person responsible can be found.
Recovering from the loss of a loved one is always a difficult process. Often, dealing with the responsible party will help with the recovery process.
Source: CBS 3 Philly, “Guilty Plea In 2012 Pennsylvania Turnpike Crash That Killed Maintenance Worker,” Brad Segall, June 24, 2013.