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Was deadly car accident caused by teen running stop sign?

These blogs are posted on behalf of Seidel, Cohen, Hof & Reid, LLC, and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the firm or its attorneys. The information presented in this blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice.

Paying attention to the road is every Pennsylvania drivers’ first priority. When a driver allows his or her attention to wander, even for just a few seconds, disaster can strike. For example, police believe a recent car accident occurred because a teenage driver of the car failed to pay attention to the road.

There were four occupants in the car driven by the teen, ranging in age from 17 to 19. As the vehicle approached a stop sign, the driver apparently failed to obey a stop sign. The car slammed into a vehicle already in the intersection.

Three people occupied the other vehicle. One of them, a 23-year-old woman, was thrown from the vehicle and then got trapped under another vehicle. She did not survive. A 30-year-old man in the vehicle was still in the hospital at last report. Fortunately, the 2-year-old son of the couple did not suffer any injuries in the crash.

It was not reported if any of the teens were injured. The accident is still under investigation, as police attempt to discern the direction of the vehicle that was hit and what caused the teen to miss the stop sign. The identity of the driver believed responsible was not disclosed, though he may face criminal charges.

Meanwhile, the family of the deceased woman and the injured man have the right to file civil actions in connection with this deadly car accident. If the negligence of the party or parties deemed responsible is proved, a Pennsylvania court may consider an award of monetary damages. Financial restitution could help with the costs associated with this tragedy and provide for the son left behind by his mother's death.

This blog entry was posted on behalf of Seidel, Cohen, Hof & Reid, LLC, and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the firm or its attorneys. The information presented in this blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice.

Source: lancasteronline.com, "One dead, several injured in Fulton Twp. crash", Marty Helsey, June 9, 2014

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