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Victim's family may seek wrongful death after fatal crash

A man was recently killed after a car he was riding in was involved in a two-vehicle crash. Police say the accident occurred in Windsor Township on a recent Wednesday morning in December. In Pennsylvania, when individuals are killed in car accidents caused by another individual's negligence, their families or loved ones may be entitled to file a wrongful death suit against the party responsible.

Police say a 19-year-old man driving a van ran a stop sign at an intersection that morning. This triggered a crash and resulted in the van's front-seat passenger, a 32-year-old man, being killed. The two-vehicle accident resulted in the passenger dying around 6:54 a.m.

The van was in the northbound lane of a local road when it crashed into a dump truck in an intersecting road's westbound lane, police say. Police say the van's driver went through the intersection's stop sign or stopped, slowed down, but proceeded to travel on the road when it was not yet clear of vehicles and that there was definitely some form of a stop sign violation. As a result of the collision, the van rolled over and the front-seat passenger was partially ejected from the vehicle. Both the van's and dump truck's drivers were taken to local hospitals.

Wrongful death claims can do little to erase families' grief, but a successfully presented claim can, nonetheless, provide some relief from the financial burdens that a family typically experiences as a result of a tragic, fatal accident such as this one. Compensation derived from a properly-litigated claim may be used to help cover end-of-life expenses as well as other related documented losses. A Pennsylvania family who is grieving the loss of a loved one typically consults an experienced personal injury attorney. The attorney can advocate for their needs in addition to assisting them with the actual process of submitting a claim.

Source:, "Driver went through stop sign in fatal crash", Ted Czech, Dec. 11, 2015

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