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Pennsylvania accidents can be fatal

A fatal car crash occurred on Interstate 81 near the Maryland Border in Franklin County on April 5. According to officials, three people were killed in the incident. The southbound lanes of I-81 had to be closed down for about three hours following the accident.

Reports have said that a Toyota Camry was traveling south on I-81 just prior to the collision. A northbound Chevrolet Spark traveled on the right-hand lane of I-81. The driver of the Spark, a 49-year-old male, veered left into another lane of traffic before crossing over the median and into the path of the oncoming Camry. Despite the attempts of the 52-year-old driver of the Camry to avoid impact, the Spark struck the Camry's side. The Spark became airborne, and the Camry went off the road onto the shoulder. The driver suffered injuries and was transported to a Maryland trauma center for treatment. The passenger, a 49-year-old female, was fatally injured in the accident. The Spark ignited into flames after hitting an embankment, causing the deaths of both occupants.

A car crash severe enough to cause the death of one or more of the people involved will likely undergo an investigation by authorities. The investigation is designed to determine a cause for the accident, which could ultimately indicate negligence. The family of a victim that died in an accident may be able to take legal action against a negligent party by filing a wrongful death claim if such proof is evident in the victim's medical records or in the investigation report.

The family of a victim may opt to seek the legal advisement of an attorney. The attorney might be able to ascertain whether the family has grounds for a wrongful death claim and prepare the case accordingly.

Source: PennLive, "Police release names of husband, wife killed in fiery crossover crash that claimed 3 lives," Christine Vendel, April 5, 2015

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