Jun 18, 2013 |


Jun 18, 2013 - Wrongful Death

The warm summer months bring fun and exciting activities. Pennsylvania residents anticipate the weekends or holiday trips that take them to beautiful and exciting destinations. These getaways often mean heavy traffic for residents on the roadway, crowded airports, jammed packed busses and busy train stations. For others it means loading up the vehicle, hitching a camper to the back and hitting the road on the way to a campsite. No matter where or how a person, couple or family decides to travel, dangers and risks are present during peak vacation times.

Pennsylvania State Police were recently called to the scene of an accident at the Tompkins Campground located at Cowanesque Lake. The accident occurred around 12:30 p.m. and involved a 77-year-old woman and a camper trailer. The trailer ran over the elderly woman and resulted in her death. The camper trailer was being hauled by a couple, and while they were working on the breaks at the rear of their truck, the breaks dislodged and subsequently caused the trailer to move forward.

Police stated that the trailer traveled towards the woman and she was not able to get out of the way. She was then struck by the trailer, ran over and killed. The accident still remains under investigation and authorities still need to determine if any negligence or liability should be attributed.

The death of a loved one in an accident like this could lead to a wrongful death claim. The family members of the deceased could file for compensation on behalf of the loved one killed in the accident. The compensation awarded could cover any medical bills, funeral costs, damages and pain and suffering.

Losing a loved one unexpectedly can be very emotional and life changing. This is often heightened when the person was killed in an accident caused by a negligent party. Their death could result in financial burdens and receiving compensation does not only help with the economical damages but the emotional side as well.

Source: Star Gazette, “Woman killed in camper trailer accident at Cowanesque Lake,” June 17, 2013

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