Most Pennsylvania drivers would probably agree that taking risks like speeding or driving under the influence of alcohol can end in disaster. When most people think of car accidents, they imagine multiple vehicles crashing into one another. While this is often the case, on other occasions, the negligent actions of a driver can kill, even if only one vehicle is involved.
In June 2018, a 59-year-old man was driving north on Route 345 here in Pennsylvania and had a 25-year-old passenger in the vehicle with him. Police say the man was driving much too fast, which caused him to lose control of the vehicle. As the car came to the top of a hill, it became airborne, and when it landed, it began to skid and swerve across the southbound lane. The driver was not able to regain control, and soon after crashed into several trees, tearing them out of the ground, and the car landed on its roof after hitting yet another tree.
The driver and the passenger suffered fatal injuries. Police say they have evidence that the driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the fatal crash. Through no fault of his own, the young passenger lost his life as a direct result of the careless actions of the driver.
When an innocent person dies because of the careless actions of another driver, family and friends may find themselves dealing with feelings of shock and anger. It may be difficult to know how to proceed in the aftermath of serious car accidents. Medical bills, funeral expenses, insurance matters, serious injuries and property damage are among the issues victims and their families must face. In a time of grief, it can be helpful for mourning families to seek out the counsel of an experienced attorney, who may be able to assist them as they attempt to navigate the road to recovery.