The criminal process against a man who was involved in a fatal crane accident last fall has begun. At the heart of the vehicular homicide case are the lives of two people, a couple who was killed when they crashed into the back of the stopped crane on Oct. 26 last year.
Alabama authorities report that the motor vehicle accident is possibly the result of the crane truck driver operating his vehicle while impaired. They await the results of the blood test taken after the collision but reportedly have comments on record from the defendant that support the theory that he was driving under the influence of various drugs at the time in question.
A grand jury is to decide whether to formally indict the 37-year-od driver for DUI and vehicular homicide. Whether it decides there is sufficient evidence to do that, or whether a potential criminal trial doesn't lead to conviction, civil lawsuits are still viable options in scenarios like this one.
Family members can file wrongful death lawsuits when they feel that they've lost a loved one to negligence. Negligence can come in the form of impaired driving or simply careless driving. Officials suggest that the crane driver may have been stopped on an Interstate 65 bridge when he was rear-ended. Why was he stopped? An investigation has ruled out mechanical problems with the crane truck.
Deciding to pursue a civil lawsuit against someone is a very personal decision. Our Alabama wrongful death lawyers can clear up any questions someone might have about their legal options and offer some clarity to an emotional, complicated time.
Source: Al.com, "Alabama wrongful death lawyers," Brendan Kirby, Jan. 31, 2013