May 22, 2013 |


May 22, 2013 - Wrongful Death

Residents of Pennsylvania understand that when they are traveling on a roadway, their lives are often at risk. Whether they are drivers or passengers, they could become a victim in an automobile collision and suffer injuries or even death. A wrongful death could be the result of a motor vehicle accident. These types of crashes can be especially traumatic and emotional, and they can alter the lives of the loved ones of the deceased. They do not only suffer the loss of their loved one, but they also endure financial burdens relative to the accident.

A passenger of a vehicle involved in a two-car crash died recently. The driver of the vehicle she was in was at a traffic light and was trying to make a left turn. The driver was following a tractor-trailer through the intersection. The light had changed without the driver realizing it, and during the attempt to make the turn, the passenger side of the vehicle was struck by another car traveling through the intersection.

The driver of the first vehicle, the front passenger in the vehicle and a back passenger all suffered injuries. Three helicopters were requested to fly the injured victims, but this request was reduced to two when emergency crews determined the injuries suffered by the front passenger of the vehicle were fatal. The driver of the other vehicle was transported by ambulance to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The collision is still being investigated and no citations have been issued because authorities have not determined the cause of the accident. A person killed in an accident like this may have a wrongful death claim filed by the loved ones of the deceased against any driver found to have acted negligently in causing the accident. Likewise, an injured person could file a personal injury claim for the injuries that she suffered in the accident. The ability to file either claim is dependent on the circumstances surrounding the accident and who is determined to be the liable party. Financial burdens such as medical bills, damages and pain and suffering all may be covered by the claim.

Being involved in a car accident can be traumatic. Losing a loved one in a automobile crash can be life-altering. Receiving compensation can sometimes help with the coping process, especially if there are financial burdens from the accident.

Source: Pottsville Republican, “Woman dies in North Manheim crash,” Frank Andruscavage, May 16, 2013

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