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Student dies in Pennsylvania crash

For parents in Pennsylvania, like those around the world, losing a child in a car accident is a nightmare that is difficult to imagine. Unfortunately, one family is now living the nightmare after their child died in a recent local crash. The teenage driver of the car in which the deceased girl was a passenger may face a claim of wrongful death.

The fatal car accident happened in the early morning hours of a holiday weekend day. Philadelphia officials say the teenage driver of a vehicle lost control of his car near an urban intersection. Though they do not yet know why the driver lost control, it is clear that the car hit a tree and flipped over as a result of the incident.

The passenger in the vehicle was ejected during the crash. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by local authorities. The young driver was also injured and taken to a local hospital where he was said to be in critical condition.

The driver of the car may now find that he faces criminal or traffic-related charges after the crash. In addition, the surviving family of the deceased girl may make a claim for wrongful death against him for his actions using Pennsylvania's personal injury laws. Such a claim, if made, could end with the young man being liable for the car accident and the resulting fatal injury to his victim. When, as is the case here, a family suffers a loss as a result of the actions of another person, they are often able to make such a claim in an attempt to recover, at least financially, from their tragic loss.

Source: NBC Philadelphia, "Philly Teen Girl Dies in Bustleton Accident," Sam Chamberlain and David Chang, Feb. 17, 2013

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