According to Delaware County authorities, one person was killed in an accident between a car and a box truck on Aug. 23. The accident took place in the 3200 block of Market Street in Upper Chichester at approximately 11:00 a.m. Authorities are investigating the cause of the accident. Depending on what the police report yields, the family of the person who was killed in the crash may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
A tragedy in Philadelphia made national news recently. The planned demolition of a building turned deadly when a four-story brick wall came crashing down onto a small Salvation Army Thrift Store next door. Six people who were in the one-story shop were killed in this fatal accident and another 13 were injured.
Ultimately it’s up to the courts to decide if a death was a wrongful death, or a death by natural causes or an accident. In most cases there’s little dispute, but in some cases the final determination can be difficult to reach.
Wrongful death lawsuits are often lengthy and difficult to prosecute. The heirs of two individuals killed in Pennsylvania in 2008 unsuccessfully attempted to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against a country club where an alleged drunk driver was drinking prior to the fatal accident taking place. In a 10-2 vote, the jury ruled that the reported drunk driver was 100 percent at fault for the accident taking place.