There are various factors that make the roads dangerous for pedestrians and drivers in Pennsylvania. Inclement weather could create hazards; the negligence of a driver and even the defects of an automobile could lead to a serious accident. With regards to an accident involving a pedestrian, a negligent driver could strike a person and fatally injure them, significantly impacting the loved ones of the deceased.
Police in Bensalem were recently dispatched to the scene of a fatal pedestrian accident. According to preliminary reports, an 18-year-old female driver struck and killed a 16-year-old female student at a school bus stop. The driver is a fellow student in the school district. Police believe that the girl at the bus stop was crossing the street to board the school bus when she was struck. In addition, the school bus had its stop sign extended and its lights flashing.
According to one police official, the driver was described as a hot mess. It was also discovered that the defrosters were not working in her SUV and officers believe that the windshield might have been iced over that morning. A mechanical inspection of the SUV is ongoing, and investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the crash.
Once investigation is complete, cause and liability will be established. If the driver is at fault, they could face criminal and civil penalties. The loved ones of the deceased might be able to file a wrongful death claim. This could provide them with compensation that could cover medical bills, funeral costs, pain and suffering and other related damages.
The loss of a loved one is a difficult event to cope with and can often cause family member to deal with emotional and financial hardships. Seeking legal guidance and understanding whether a civil action is an appropriate action to take could help them alleviate these burdens.
Source: Penn Live, "Teen SUV driver who fatally struck Pa. student at bus stop is under criminal investigation," John Luciew, Dec. 19, 2014