Could This be a Legal Precedent for Auto and Truck Accident Settlements?
In Canada, an alarming trend has been noted in the justice system. Drivers at fault for hit-and-run deaths are walking away with little more than a slap on the wrist and victims’ families are up-in-arms. With careless driving on the rise in the U.S., often due to technological distractions, the St. Louis personal injury attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman want you to be aware of these trends.
How Much Can the Value of a Life be Cheapened?
Canada news provider Global News spoke with a number of families across the country, rightfully angered at the penalties handed out to careless drivers that caused the deaths of their loved ones, and concerned at the legal and moral precedents such cases set. In one recent case, 27-year-old David Finkelman was struck in a marked crosswalk by a female driver, later dying in an area hospital. The charge and fine? Careless driving with a $2,000 fine and two-month license suspension, levied nearly a year after the death.
Prosecutors Hands are Tied
Charges of ‘failing to yield to a pedestrian’ bring up thoughts of fender benders and near misses – far from the case in many situations. Prosecutors find themselves repeatedly apologizing to agonized families, stating this is really all the law allows for such incidents.
Don’t settle for half-hearted interpretations of the law. Seek justice with the help of the St. Louis personal injury attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman today.