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1 dead, 2 injured in Pennsylvania car crash

On Aug. 23, a head-on collision in Bucks County left a 25-year-old man dead, according to authorities. Furthermore, two people suffered serious injuries in the 5:30 p.m. incident, which reportedly took place on Richlandtown Pike in Springfield Township.

That is where a 72-year-old woman was purportedly driving a Ford F-150 south when she crossed the centerline and entered into a northbound lane. Her truck subsequently collided with a Honda Civic driven by a 25-year-old man, according to authorities. As a result of the collision, the Ford F-150 flipped onto its side and sustained severe damage. Its 72-year-old driver suffered moderate injuries in the crash and was transported to a hospital for treatment, authorities said.

The 25-year-old driver of the Honda died at the scene of the accident. Two passengers in the vehicle, a 22-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman, received emergency transport to a hospital for treatment of injuries that officials described as serious. It was not clear in the immediate aftermath of the incident whether police planned to issue any citations or file any charges in connection with the accident.

While this particular case remains under investigation, head-on collisions in general often prove to be fatal and sometimes give rise to wrongful death lawsuits. That is because family members who lose a loved one in a car crash caused by reckless or negligent driving may be eligible to pursue that type of civil action against the at-fault party.

In this way, certain family members of the deceased accident victim may recover pecuniary losses associated with the fatal event. For instance, claimants in a wrongful death suit may seek restitution for funeral expenses, estate administration costs and even lost earnings if the decedent had contributed income to dependents in the family household.

Source: Lehigh Valley Live, "Allentown man killed in head-on crash in Bucks County", Edward Sieger, August 24, 2014

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