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SUV accidents: The deadly truth

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.

The clocks have sprung forward, and Pennsylvania residents are looking forward to nice weather and longer days. After being cooped up for months, the prospect of getting out and about is certainly a tantalizing notion. Unfortunately, getting behind the wheel always carries a risk. Each year, car, truck, and SUV accidents continue to claim lives across the Keystone State. 

A few months ago, a Pennsylvania police officer learned that a fellow policeman needed assistance. In his haste to render aid to the other officer, he turned on his lights and siren and began to speed towards the scene. Unfortunately, a nearby field of corn may have made it difficult for other drivers to see and hear the warning, and as his SUV sped through a red light at an intersection, he struck a vehicle occupied by a Pennsylvania couple. 

The man and woman suffered serious injuries, and both died as a result. An investigation determined that the officer had been careless, failed to obey traffic signals and was speeding when he caused the crash. He was not charged with any crimes, but he was found to be responsible for causing the deadly accident that claimed two innocent lives. 

When SUV accidents kill, surviving family members may want to seek justice on behalf of the deceased. Medical bills, funeral expenses and other costs can quickly leave a victim's estate in debt. In situations like these, many families choose to bring an experienced attorney into the mix. An attorney can help representatives of a victim's estate seek any damages and compensation to which the estate may be entitled in a court of law. 

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