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22-Year-Old Dies at Scene of Rear-End Collision with Logging Truck

December 31, 2013

A young man died on his way to work after an early morning encounter with a logging truck.

Negligence comes in many forms. In this instance, it caused the death of a 22-year-old man one morning in September 2011. Christopher Grouix loved his job as a carpentry apprentice, and every morning, he looked forward to what he would learn that day. But Grouix never made it to work; he rear-ended a John Deere logging truck and was pronounced dead at the scene. His parents chose to sue the truck’s owner and the trucker behind the wheel at the time of the crash. The driver pled guilty to a moving violation and served six months in jail.

At trial, the plaintiff’s wrongful death attorney argued that the young man could not have seen the logging truck because the vehicle did not have the mandatory lights required by law. The defendant’s lawyer argued that the accident was really Grouix’s fault: he was not paying attention to what he was doing, fell asleep at the wheel or was texting or talking on his cell phone.

The defense offered as evidence the fact that the young man had been to a concert the night before and had not arrived home until 1:00 a.m. Moreover, his cell phone was located close to the crash site. The plaintiff’s attorney responded that the young man carried his phone in his pocket and that it had remained there on the drive before the accident.

In the final analysis, the jury awarded Grouix’s parents $1.5 million. The sum included economic damages, including funeral and burial costs, the loss of their son’s income to support the household and $500,000 for pain and suffering.

Families faced with such situations often find themselves scrambling to find the funds for all their necessary expenses and for those incurred as a result of the death of their loved one. It is difficult enough to deal with such a catastrophic loss without trying pay usual living expenses.

Litigation funding may have been a good solution for Grouix’s family. Such funding could have assisted them in paying bills while they mourned and waited for the case to be resolved. A lawsuit cash advance can provide enormous relief for those facing unexpected bills with no way to pay them. These advances allow a family time to heal while they pay the medical expenses and other important bills that must be paid.

Pre-settlement funding is not for everyone, but a lawsuit cash advance can benefit many plaintiffs. It is an option worth exploring. There are no credit checks, no upfront fees or monthly fees and the applicant does not need to be employed. Lawsuit loans often make the difference between a family’s financial struggle and their comfort, offering the funds to handle challenges that appear while their case is making its way through court.

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