Recently this Pittsburgh personal injury blog posted an article about who may file a wrongful death lawsuit when a victim perishes in a negligence or recklessness-based accident. While no family ever wants to have to consider taking this action, wrongful death cases are an important part of the personal injury field of law, and may be necessary for those who wish to seek compensation from those parties that caused their loved ones to die.
Two area families are living through tragedy now in the wake of a recent fatal accident. An evening head-on collision on Route 286 in Plum occurred when the 25-year-old driver of a southbound vehicle crossed the center line of the road and collided with a northbound sport utility vehicle. The SUV contained three individuals: a 43-year-old female driver, her 19-year-old daughter who was located in the passenger seat, and a 17-year-old male friend who was in the back seat.
The driver of the SUV and the male youth in the backseat were killed by the impact. The 19-year-old passenger suffered injuries and was taken to an area hospital along with the driver of the vehicle that crashed into her mother’s automobile. The surviving victim’s health status is unknown at this time.
Although law enforcement officials do not believe that the driver of the center line-crossing car was under the influence of alcohol, they have not ruled out criminal charges against him. A person does not have to act criminally in order to be civilly liable for victims’ losses. In this tragic story, the families of the two deceased individuals, as well as the survivor herself, may have rights to seek compensation for their losses from the person who caused their fatal accident.
Source: Pittsburgh.cbslocal.com, “Two Dead, Two Injured In Plum Crash,” Aug. 6, 2017