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Four Dead in Head On Wreck

A driver that wandered over the centerline of Route 308 in Pennsylvania kills four. Four others survive with injuries.

Unfortunately, life is sometimes full of unintended ironies. Such is the case here, when Louis Sweetapple, on his way to a funeral, veered over the centerline of Route 308, slamming head-on into a pickup. Sweetapple and the driver of the truck, Charles Roxberry, didn’t survive the crash.

Two other passengers in the Sweetapple vehicle were also killed; Eli Coblentz and Fanny Detweiler. Four other passengers were badly hurt, but survived. The survivors were Benedict Hostettler, Irvine Detweiler, David Coblentz and Cynda Detweiler. The injured victims were airlifted to the nearest hospital.

No one knows why Sweetapple crossed over the centerline. The police report indicates there are questions about what he was doing just prior to the accident. Sweetapple was 76 at the time of the crash, and there may be questions about whether he fell asleep while driving, was distracted or there was a mechanical defect with his van that caused it to veer across the road.

Whatever the results of the investigation, the passengers who suffered major injuries are likely going to want compensation for their medical expenses. This is something that they can discuss with their personal injury lawyers when they find out what their rights are in a case like this. Basically, if there is negligence in play, the person responsible for it is also responsible for damages.

The Hostettler, Detweiler and Coblentz families may be interested to know that they could access litigation funding in order to pay for all of their expenses while they wait for their case to go to settlement or court. Any one of those families could apply for legal funding from a litigation finance company by going online to fill out a form or by calling them directly.

Lawsuit funding is a good alternative for financially strapped plaintiffs who need help paying their medical bills and keeping up with the regular monthly expenses, like the rent, mortgage, tuition or credit card debt. Once their case is approved by the litigation funding company, they will get their fast cash lawsuit loan within 48 hours or less. Yes, it is that fast, because the company understands that the plaintiff needs help right away.

Pre-settlement funding is often a good back-up for plaintiffs, who can then wait for a just verdict, rather than take any lowball offers from an insurance company trying to keep their expenses down.

Daren Monroe writes for Litigation Funding Corp. To learn more about lawsuit funding and litigation funding, visit Litigationfundingcorp.com.

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