Dec 18, 2013 |


Dec 18, 2013 - Wrongful Death

Drivers in Pennsylvania ought to understand that winter weather can create dangerous road conditions. Yet even when it is risky to travel on the roads, residents and visitors often do so when it is crucial that they get to their destinations. If a driving on snow covered roads cannot be avoided, drivers need to take appropriate precautions, as driving too fast or otherwise acting negligently could result in a serious or fatal collision.

Police in Altoona recently responded to a fatal accident that involved two vehicles. According to reports, a SUV was traveling on a snow-covered road and the 53-year-old driver was going unreasonably fast given the weather conditions. This caused the driver of the vehicle to lose control and slide into the opposite lane of traffic. An oncoming pickup truck collided with the SUV that slid into its path.

Emergency crews responded to the crash and assessed those involved. Authorities reported that the driver of the SUV and their passenger were pronounced dead. The 47-year-old driver of the pickup truck suffered serious injuries and was transported to the hospital for treatment. An investigation is still ongoing, but cause and liability could be determined once this investigation is completed.

Any time a driver travels too fat for conditions or is otherwise negligent behind the wheel and causes an accident, that driver could be held liable for any resulting injuries and damages. Even if the driver at fault does not survive the crash he or she caused, victims may file a wrongful death suit against that driver’s estate. This could result in compensation to cover any expenses incurred by the accident’s victims.

The winter months often mean dangerous road conditions. A driver who fails to drive safely during inclement weather conditions could be held negligent, and those affected might have civil actions they can take.

Source: Altoona Mirror, “Two killed in accident during snowstorm,” Dec. 15, 2013

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