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SUV DRIVER CHARGED FOLLOWING FATAL ACCIDENT

Nov 6, 2013 - Wrongful Death

Drivers who frequently travel on the major roads in Pennsylvania have most likely witnessed a multi-vehicle collision or serious crash on the roads. When a driver is negligent, they could put the lives of others at risk. Whether a driver is speeding, not following traffic signs or signals, failing to signal a turn or lane change or is under the influence of a substance, these dangerous actions could cause a serious or even fatal accident.

A woman from northwestern Pennsylvania was recently arrested for a crash she allegedly caused on Labor Day weekend. According to reports, the woman was traveling on Route 219 in her SUV when it crossed the centerline, causing the SUV to collide with an oncoming car.

Emergency crews responded to the crash. Six lives were claimed in the two-vehicle collision. The woman’s 12-year-old daughter and 6-year-old nephew were in the SUV and did not survive the crash. Four adults in the other vehicle were killed in the crash as well.

Following an investigation and the woman’s recovery from her own injuries, the woman was charged with six counts of homicide by vehicle. Preliminary reports indicate that blood tests indicated that the woman had levels of clonazepam several times greater than the dosage she was prescribed.

In addition to facing criminal charges, a negligent driver who causes a fatal crash could face civil liabilities. The loved ones of those killed in the crash could file a wrongful death claim. This could result in compensation being awarded to help cover expenses such as medical bills, funeral costs, lost wages and damages.

Following a serious accident, it is important that proper investigation is conducted and completed. During this process, the loved ones of those injured or killed in the crash could be dealing with emotional and financial hardships. They should understand their rights and options, especially if they seek to file for compensation.

Source: ABC News, “Pa. Woman Jailed in Crash That Killed 6 People,” Oct. 31, 2013

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