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Feb 25, 2013 |

ELDERLY DRIVER DIES AFTER TWO-CAR COLLISION

Feb 25, 2013 - Wrongful Death

Certain safety features can play a major role in the severity of an injury resulting from an accident. Whether is it a malfunction or the lack of usage, the failed use of a safety mechanism could be the very reason for wrongful death in a fatal car accident. Even though it is well known to drivers that they should always wear their seatbelts, even when worn, the safety restraints could be hazardous if they are not functioning properly. Although not all vehicles are equipped with air bags, when they are an included safety feature in an automobile and they fail to deploy, that could cause a motor-vehicle accident to turn fatal.

Pennsylvania State Police recently responded to an automobile collision that occurred on Route 147. At around 11:30 am, a collision between a full-sized pick-up truck and an SUV happened near Elmer Avenue. Emergency crews were dispatched to the scene of the accident. The drivers of both vehicles, a 70-year-old female and a 30-year-old male, were transported to the hospital for the injuries they suffered. The elderly woman suffered blunt force trauma and did not survive her critical injuries.

The accident remains under investigation. Police determined that the elderly woman was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, but they found that the airbag in her SUV did not deploy. No conclusions have been made, but the failed airbag might have been a factor in her fatal injuries. In addition, the details surrounding the accident and the cause of the accident have not been reported. The loved ones of a person killed in an accident like this might have a wrongful death claim. Expenses such as medical bills, funeral costs, damages and pain and suffering could potentially be covered by the compensation awarded.

It is well known that not all accident can be prevented, but the injuries suffered in an accident could be significantly reduced or avoided with proper safety features. Although mechanisms like seatbelts and airbags could save lives, drivers who watch their speeds and stay off their cellphones could just as equally reduce the chances of becoming involved in an accident.

Source: CBS 21, “UPDATE: Woman killed in Halifax crash identified,” Feb 20, 2013

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