Serious car accidents can cause tragedy more quickly than most people expect. A 17-year-old high school student is now dead after a fatal crash on a Pennsylvania roadway. The teen died as a result of being struck by a car as he stood in the painted median of a local road. The fatal accident happened in the early evening of a late fall day.
Pennsylvania authorities continue to investigate the fatal accident. As they do, they are speaking with the driver who crashed into the boy as well as reviewing physical evidence. In addition, any eyewitnesses to the crash will be contacted and interviewed. These activities are standard procedure in an investigation into a fatal accident on our streets.
The fatal accident happened as the boy crossed the roadway. It is unclear if the driver did not see the teen or if the boy came into the pathway of the vehicle. If the results of the official inquiry determine that the fatal accident was caused by the driver of the car that struck the child, the driver may find that she is liable for her actions.
Personal injury laws allow some survivors of those who died in a fatal accident to seek an award for damages. Though not available in every case, in some crashes survivors can seek recovery for lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. Though the family of the child who died in this case has suffered an immense loss, it will be unclear if they will be able to seek recovery under local personal injury rules until after the results of the official investigation are made public.
Source: Upper Moreland-Willow Grove, PA Patch, "UPDATE: Upper Moreland Student Killed in Accident," Rob Chakler, Nov. 14, 2012