Whatever the cause, loss of life is always heartbreaking. It is especially so when the death could have been avoided. Car accidents are a major cause of fatalities in Pennsylvania and across the country. One family is mourning the loss of a loved one after she was killed in a recent collision.
The victim was traveling southbound in her SUV on Interstate 79 at the time of the crash. For unknown reasons, a driver in another SUV struck the victim's vehicle from behind. The force of the impact sent the victim's car into the median while the other SUV crossed lanes and finally stopped on a western embankment. Police are still investigating the cause of the crash.
Authorities indicated that both drivers were wearing seat belts, but that was not enough to prevent injury. Though the victim was taken to the hospital, her injuries were substantial and she soon passed away. The other driver also suffered serious injuries and was treated at the same hospital.
The emotional toll the victim's family is facing is likely a difficult one. However, they may be able to find some form of closure by successfully navigating a wrongful death claim in civil court. If they prove the other driver negligent, they could receive monetary damages to help pay for medical bills, funeral costs and any other financial losses related to the collision. Any families who have lost loved ones in car accidents may speak with experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys to obtain more information about filing claims.
Source: wkbn.com, "Slippery Rock woman killed in Mercer County crash", May 4, 2017