Driving, in general, comes with an inherent amount of risk. People can typically control themselves behind the wheel, but not being able to control other’s actions can make driving an intimidating experience. Sadly, accidents happen, some resulting in fatality, and these accidents may have surviving family members questioning what rights they have in pursuing justice and compensation for the loss of their loved one. A recent fatal accident in Pennsylvania has claimed the life of an elderly woman and could give way to a wrongful death claim on her behalf.
Several area authorities were called to a horrific scene in Fulton County after a fatal two-vehicle crash. The accident occurred on a section of U.S. 522, after the driver of a small sedan, a 28-year-old female, crossed into oncoming traffic, ultimately striking another vehicle. The young woman died in the crash and the driver of the other vehicle, a 72-year-old woman, was transported to a hospital for treatment. Despite medical care, the elderly woman also died as a result of her injuries.
Police are still investigating the overall cause of this collision. They do believe the young woman failed to properly negotiate a curve, causing her to cross lanes. It would appear that the victim attempted to move into the berm to avoid the crash, but her vehicle was hit on the front driver’s side.
Though neither individual involved in this crash survived, the elderly victim’s family may still choose to pursue legal action against the estate of the driver believed to be responsible for her death. A wrongful death claim may be filed in a Pennsylvania civil court. If liability is confirmed, monetary compensation may be awarded, which could provide for the unexpected expenses that come with such a tragic event.