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Oct 11, 2013 |

INVESTIGATORS STILL TRYING TO DETERMINE CAUSE OF MULTI-CAR CRASH

Oct 11, 2013 - Wrongful Death

It is often heard that people wish that people wished they had more hours in the day. Those traveling on the roadways are often in a rush, attempting to use their time effectively. This often causes drivers to multi-task, which could cause some distraction. Furthermore, drivers who are late to work, or in a rush to run an errand will often speed. This could make it more difficult to stop their vehicle in time if a hazard on the road occurred.

Pennsylvania police are still investigating an accident they describe as being a mystery crash. The fatal accident happened in the afternoon and involved three vehicles including a car, a pickup truck and a mack truck. According to preliminary reports, the accident occurred when the car rear-ended the pickup truck ahead of them as they were turning into a driveway. This caused the car to crash into the oncoming mack truck.

Emergency crews responded to the multi-vehicle collision. The driver of the automobile was pronounced dead at the scene. It wasn’t clear whether the other two drivers suffered any injuries at the time of this report. Investigators are still trying to determine the cause and who was at fault. When fault is determined, liabilities could be associated. If the pickup truck driver did not signal their turn, or stopped abruptly, they could be found negligent and liable for the wrongful death of the driver of the car.

The details of the accidents uncovered by investigation could also determine if there was contributory negligence in the collision. If that occurs, that does not mean that the loved ones of the deceased cannot collect compensation. They are still in a position to file a lawsuit in order to receive a partial award for funeral costs, lost wages, loss of companionship and damages.

It can be a very difficult situation for family members to deal with the death of a loved one. Not understanding how or why the fatal accident occurred can make the investigating process difficult to deal with. Even though the investigation is not complete, loved ones should know that they have options and could prepare to file for compensation.

Source: WFMZ.com, “1 killed in 3-vehicle accident in Bucks County,” Oct. 2, 2013

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