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Fatal accident: bus driver faces charges due to cell phone use

Death is inevitable; it is the end of all living things on earth. However, when the cause of death is something preventable, families are often left devastated and searching for answers. Family members may experience financial difficulties, loss of parental guidance and pain and suffering. The road to closure is not easy, but a wrongful death lawsuit may help.

In West New York, New Jersey, a tragic bus accident claimed a baby's life. Witnesses say the bus was driving erratically and swerved to avoid hitting a car, but, instead, ran into a light pole, which then fell, striking and killing the 8-month-old infant.

The driver's use of a cellular phone has been cited as the reason behind this fatal accident. The 48-year-old bus driver was charged for using a cell phone while driving and death by auto. According to local residents, bus drivers commonly use their mobile devices while driving.

In this case, the public's outrage against the bus driver is not surprising given the fact that an innocent child's life was lost due to his irresponsible behavior on the road. The bus driver will likely be prosecuted in criminal court. This will bring justice for the parents and family members of the victim.

Family members may also look into filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible driver. Pain and suffering as well as loss of a loved one are compensable through this legal action.

In filing wrongful death lawsuits, proving the negligence of the responsible party is the utmost priority. Enlisting the assistance of wrongful death legal professionals can help a family reach a settlement that is fair and just.

Source: News 12 New Jersey, "Fatal Bus Accident in West New York sparks outrage about cellphone use," July 31, 2013.

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