A Pennsylvania man died in a Nov. 8 accident involving a wrong-way driver, according to authorities. Reportedly, the incident occurred on Route 66. Officials suspect that the wrong-way driver was trying to avoid hitting a deer at the time of the accident.
The crash happened at about 10 p.m. That is when a northbound GMC SUV veered into the highway's southbound lanes near the Quail Road intersection and hit an oncoming Nissan pickup truck.
The pickup truck's two occupants, a 53-year-old man and a 58-year-old woman, suffered serious injuries on account of the wreck. Both received emergency transport via helicopter to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The man died at the hospital due to his accident-related injuries. Officials described the 58-year-old woman's condition as stable.
The driver of the GMC and a passenger in the SUV also suffered minor injuries. They were reportedly transported to a hospital in Clarion.
When motorists die in a traffic accident brought about by the negligence of another driver, the families of the decedents may want to explore the possibility of pursuing civil action. Oftentimes, dependents of the deceased accident victim suffer from the loss of income contributed to the household following the victim's death. Moreover, certain family members of the decedent may bear the cost of end-of-life expenses connected with their loved one's passing.
Bereaved families may seek to recover their losses by filing a wrongful death suit against the at-fault driver. An attorney may assist these families file the requisite paperwork and rally together the evidence and materials necessary to convince a civil court that the negligent driver should be held responsible.
Source: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 'New Kensington man killed in Clarion County crash," Nov. 9, 2014
Source: WHTM, "Pennsylvania man killed in deer-avoiding crash", November 10, 2014