Victims of car and truck accidents are legally protected. A recent four-vehicle car accident in Pennsylvania claimed the life of a 61-year old woman. The car accident occurred as traffic began to slow for road work in the lane the woman was travelling in. A tractor trailer driven by a 36-year old man failed to slow and struck the woman's vehicle from behind. The driver of the tractor trailer was cited by authorities for speeding. The woman's vehicle was forced into the vehicle in front of her, also slowing in the construction zone, which was then forced into an SUV in front of it.
In addition to the fatality, two other individuals in the vehicle hit by the victim's vehicle were also injured in the truck accident. Unfortunately, car and truck accidents can be deadly. In addition, they can cause serious, and sometimes catastrophic, injuries to victims. Because the legal system recognizes this, it provides important personal injury and wrongful death legal protections for victims and their families.
A wrongful death claim for damages allows surviving family members to recover compensation for damages suffered in the car accident from a negligent driver such as a driver who was speeding. Surviving family members may be able to recover compensation for loss of support and services, loss of companionship, medical and funeral expenses and pain and suffering damages, among other damages depending on the circumstances. Additionally, victims injured in a car accident can bring a personal injury claim for damages to recover compensation for the physical, financial and emotional harm they have suffered.
Personal injury and wrongful death legal protections provide important resources to victims of car and truck accidents and their families. Car and truck accidents can be devastating for those unexpectedly impacted by them which is why they should be familiar with the legal options available to them when harmed.
Source: WFMZ.com, "Police ID woman killed in 4-vehicle crash on Pa. Turnpike," Sept. 28, 2017