OFF-ROAD VEHICLE IN HEAD-ON CRASH KILLS TWO AND INJURES ONE
Nov 20, 2013 - Car Accidents
An automobile is a very important and necessary object for most residents in Pennsylvania. Whether they are used for individual use, car-pooling or mass transportation, vehicles cover the roadways every day. Although getting from one destination to another can usually be done very timely and safely, this does not always occur. Even when a driver is driving safely, he or she could encounter a negligent driver and suffer injuries and damages.
Authorities in northwest Pennsylvania responded to a fatal car collision recently. The accident involved an off-road vehicle and a car. The off-road vehicle was traveling down Route 8 just outside of Hydetown when it attempted to pass another vehicle. During this maneuver, the vehicle collided head-on with the car. This resulted in the death of two men riding the off-road vehicle. The 70-year-old man in the car was transported to the hospital for the injuries he suffered.
According to preliminary reports, it is illegal to drive the type of off-road vehicle involved in this accident on public highways. In addition, neither man in the off-road vehicle was wearing a seatbelt. An investigation is ongoing for this crash. Following the investigation, fault and liability could be determined.
When the negligence of a driver causes a car accident, the negligent driver could be liable for the resulting injuries and damages. Even if the driver at fault does not survive the crash, the injured party could file a personal injury claim against that driver’s estate. The claim could result in compensation that could be used to offset the costs associated with the accident.
Following an accident, those affected should understand their options and rights. This is especially important if a negligent driver left the injured with medical bills, damages and lost wages. Filing a claim could alleviate these financial burdens.
Source: NBC 10 Philadelphia, “2 men killed in off-road vehicle crash,” Nov. 16, 2013