Aug 2, 2013 |


Aug 2, 2013 - Car Accidents

A recent tragic accident on Pennsylvania’s Golden Mile Highway left a mother and her 7-year-old boy dead and the father of the family in serious condition at a nearby hospital. Only the family’s toddler was uninjured.

The family was driving when a pickup slammed in to the right side of the family’s car. The woman died at the scene of the auto accident, and the boy also died shortly after the crash.

The cause of the car collision is still under investigation, but initial reports are that the driver of the pickup suffered some sort of sudden medical condition. As a result of that condition, he swerved out of his own lane of traffic and then brushed a third car before hitting the family’s vehicle. There is no report of any charges being filed in connection with this crash.

However, while the driver of the pickup may have done nothing criminal or even “illegal” strictly speaking, this may not relieve him of his obligations to compensate for this tragic loss of life. All that these people or their relatives must show to establish the pickup driver’s liability for negligence is that the driver had an obligation to take reasonable care to avoid the accident and did not meet that obligation.

In a case like this, it can be argued that drivers should make sure that they are physically able to operate their vehicles safely, especially when they know about their medical conditions. Any time drivers cannot control their cars, a tragic fatal accident could result.

Families who lose loved ones in a fatal accident need a lot of financial and emotional support during the months and years ahead. While a personal injury suit will not bring the victim back, it can help to bring some closure and can also provide the survivors with necessary financial support.

Source: WPXI, “Mother, child killed in 3-car crash in Monroeville; Father in serious condition,” July 19, 2013

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