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Survivor in serious condition after deadly Pennsylvania crash

Pennsylvania State Police reported that the 59-year-old man who lost his wife and son in a head-on car accident on Interstate 81 remains in serious condition at Geisinger Wyoming Valley. He had been traveling in a vehicle with his family when it was hit by a car that shifted into oncoming traffic.

State troopers said a 24-year-old man from Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania, was the driver of the car that hit the family. He had been southbound on I-81 in Luzerne County when the accident happened. He also died in the crash, and troopers said he was not wearing a seat belt. The other victims were a 58-year-old woman and her 24-year-old son.

Authorities closed the southbound lanes of the interstate during the cleanup of the accident that took over three hours. Investigators noted that the man in the backseat of the family's car had not been wearing a seat belt either.

Sudden deaths in car accidents can inflict emotional and financial hardships on survivors. A person who lost a loved one might need to pay medical bills from rescue attempts and burial costs as well as possibly losing household income. If a person in this situation believes a negligent driver caused the fatal accident, then he or she could consider seeking damages through a wrongful death lawsuit. An attorney might be able to advise the person on whether or not the evidence could support an accusation of negligence. Drunk driving or distracted driving could be considered a failure to drive safely and therefore labeled negligence. If present, an attorney might prepare a lawsuit and assist the survivor in obtaining compensation.

Source: WNEP, "Three Dead After Crash on I-81 South in Luzerne County," Ryan Leckey, April 3, 2015

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