Dialing a Mobile Phone at an Intersection Cost a Pedestrian Her Life
Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2011 - The road is less safe thanks to mobile phones and people’s insistence to use them in an inappropriate manner.
“Incidents like this are becoming commonplace,” reported Daren Monroe, who writes for Litigation Funding Corporation, Southfield, Michigan. “If you recall that woman who fell into a fountain because she was texting and not paying attention to where she was walking, you will understand what happened in this case. A woman was talking on her cell phone while crossing a street and was killed by a vehicle.”
According to police reports, the 39-year-old woman had started to dial her mobile phone when she walked right into one of the southbound lanes of a busy avenue. A pickup truck driver, unable to stop in time, slid wildly and braked to try and avoid her. The woman ran into another lane to avoid the pickup and tripped and fell right into the path of a Ford Mustang. The woman Mustang driver could do nothing to avoid the collision. The mobile phone user was killed – was the phone call worth her life?
This is a really tough case in which people may think the dead woman’s family has no recourse under the law as she caused the accident and her own death. Nonetheless, the family should speak to a skilled personal injury lawyer about a wrongful death lawsuit. While the case may seem to be one thing on the surface, often there are other details revealed later that change opinions, and change how a case is handled.
Would the truck driver and the car driver that hit the woman have legal recourse? Possibly, if they sustained injuries as a result of trying to avoid hitting the woman, or if they were subsequently involved in an accident as a result of trying to avoid the woman. “Depending on injuries suffered and a determination of fault, any innocent party could file a lawsuit and, potentially, collect damages,” explained Monroe. “Those litigants who were determined to be innocent victims would qualify for compensation and, as such, would be eligible for lawsuit funding. Litigation funding is an emergency lawsuit cash advance given against your potential recovery in a lawsuit in advance of any verdict or settlement you may win.”
Litigation financing allows cash-strapped plaintiffs to pay important bills and expenses, and allows them to wait for justice. Plaintiffs are not obligated to take inadequate offers from insurance companies who may approach them with the idea that a low offer now is better than waiting years while they deliberately delay justice. And, here is the best part – if the litigation is not successful and the plaintiff loses the case, repayment of the lawsuit cash advance is excused. The plaintiff keeps the money, no strings attached.
“Litigation Funding Corporation reminds all mobile phone users that texting and driving, dialing and driving, talking on the phone and driving, or using a mobile phone while a pedestrian at an intersection is a dangerous activity,” said Monroe. “Think before you pull out your mobile phone; otherwise, as this unfortunate woman discovered, it may be the last thing you do.”
Litigation Funding Corporation
29777 Telegraph Road, Suite 1310
Southfield, MI 48034
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