Jun 7, 2013 |


Jun 7, 2013 - Car Accidents

Once people attain a certain age — 16-years-old in most states — they are able to take on the responsibility to drive a vehicle upon passing the needed tests. Pennsylvania residents witness new drivers hitting the road, and with all the new technological advances, these drivers encounter more distractions than previous drivers ever did. Distracted driving is often the cause of a car accident, especially those that result in the death of a driver or passenger. Fatal car crashes often occur when a driver is not paying attention to the road. Whether it is to change the radio station, answer a phone call or return a text, drivers should understand the dangers associated with these distracting actions.

A recent accident on Smithbridge Road in Concord claimed the life of a 17-year-old lacrosse player. Preliminary investigation revealed that the young driver was in the westbound lane of the roadway and collided with another car when his vehicle swerved into the eastbound lane. His vehicle struck the passenger side of the other vehicle, which was driven by a 17-year-old girl. She suffered minor injuries in the accident.

The accident is still under investigation and it was pointed out that seven accidents have occurred in the same stretch of road during the time between 2008 and 2012. The cause of the accident is still being determined and negligence and liability has not been designated at this time. In the case of this accident, the young lacrosse player could be found liable and the injured girl could go after the estate of the boy in order to make a personal injury claim. Another possibility could result in fault being found in the design of the roadway and the loved ones of the deceased teen could file a wrongful death claim against the state.

When liability can be attributed to a party, financial burdens that result from an accident can be covered through compensation. Drivers should always use caution when driving, no matter what their age. Paying attention the road, watching speeds and maintaining a lane can help reduce accidents.

Source: NBC 10 Philadelphia, “Teen Lacrosse Player Killed in Crash,” Lauren DiSanto and David Chang, June 02, 2013

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