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SUV accidents can lead to serious injuries or death

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Sport utility vehicles blend a truck's cargo carrying capacity with the passenger carrying capacity of a smaller enclosed vehicle. Consumers buy SUVs for their size and four-wheel drive capability. However, due to the large size and weight of these vehicles, those who are involved in SUV accidents face an increased risk of serious injury. Recently, one such accident in Pennsylvania claimed the life of one man.

According to reports from the Delaware County and Chester City police, the wreck was caused by an SUV driver who was eastbound on a local roadway. For reasons that are still unknown, the driver veered from his lane of travel and started driving east in the westbound lane. The SUV nearly collided with a small Volkswagon. However, the VW driver was able to take evasive actions in order to avoid a collision.

The vehicle traveling behind the Volkswagon was unable to avoid a crash. The SUV smashed directly into the smaller passenger vehicle, a Nissan Sentra. The driver of that third car was trapped in the wreckage and, though emergency responders tried to help, was pronounced dead at the crash scene.

The two individuals in the SUV were transported for medical treatment, though the nature and extent of their injuries were not reported. Pennsylvania investigators and reconstruction teams are working to determine the reason why the SUV driver crossed over into opposing traffic, and it is unclear whether the driver will face criminal charges in connection with this wreck. The family of the deceased victim are likely struggling to accept this sudden and unexpected loss. Families who have lost loved ones to SUV accidents may have grounds to file wrongful death claims for monetary damages in civil court against the party or parties deemed responsible.

Source:, "One person killed in crash on Route 291 in Chester", Nov. 1, 2017

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