Pennsylvania State Police report that a 23-year-old woman has died following an accident along state route 2014. A 90-year-old man was also fatally injured in the crash and died at Williamsport Hospital some time afterward. While the precise cause of the accident has not yet been verified, officials state that the man apparently crossed the center line and impacted the woman head-on.
The incident occurred at about 2:20 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22. Sources indicate that the 23-year-old was traveling eastbound on SR 2014 when the other’s vehicle, traveling westbound, veered across the roadway and crashed into her. The man’s vehicle came to a stop along the southern edge of the roadway in the eastbound travel lane while the woman’s car crashed into the guard rail on the roadway’s southern berm facing toward the east. Police report that she was found dead at the scene of the crash.
Although some may question the viability of investigating the liability of an accident in which all of those involved were deceased, the families and dependents left behind by the victims may deserve answers about their loved one and often require compensation for their damages. In some cases, the decedent was the primary source of financial support for his or her dependents; without the victim’s presence, the survivors be unable to support a household on their own. Children are particularly vulnerable to these circumstances as prolonged financial hardship brought on by a catastrophic accident could permanently diminish their quality of life and educational prospects. As a result, establishing liability for such immense damage could be a worthwhile pursuit.
In ordinary cases where someone else’s negligence causes injury to another, he or she may be obligated to repay their medical expenses, lost wages and other associated costs. In cases such as this in which the presumed negligent party is deceased, plaintiffs may demand restitution from the person’s estate.
Source: NorthcentralPA.com, Fatal accident kills 2, Nov. 25, 2013