January 15, 2014

When a driver is negligent or distracted, a collision can ensue on any road, regardless of whether that road is in a rural or heavily populated area. A driver who is speeding, texting while driving or failing to use turn signals creates a dangerous environment on the road. Those traveling near the negligent driver could be at risk, and a driver or passenger could be seriously injured or even killed.

Police were recently dispatched to a fatal accident in Lawrence County that occurred near the Pennsylvania-Ohio state line. The accident took place in the evening at the intersection of West Poland Road and State Line Road. The two-car crash resulted in one death, one injured and a damaged house.

According to preliminary reports, a vehicle traveling north toward the intersection failed to stop at the stop sign he was approaching. This resulted in the vehicle colliding with another automobile in the intersection. The impact of the crash caused the second vehicle to collide with a nearby house.

Emergency crews arrived to the scene of the crash and assessed those involved. The passenger in the struck vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle suffered injuries and was flown to the hospital for treatment. No other injuries were reported.

An investigation is ongoing and no citations have been issued at this time. Following the investigation, authorities should be able to determine the cause of the crash.

A negligent driver could face civil consequences for breaching the duty of care that is required when operating an automobile. Those injured or killed as a result of this breach could file a wrongful death suit or personal injury claim. This could help them recover compensation to pay for medical bills, funeral expenses, lost wages and other damages.

Source: WTAE, “1 dead, 1 critically injured in North Beaver Township crash,” Jan. 12, 2014