All drivers in Pennsylvania and beyond are obligated to adhere to all traffic laws and safety regulations each time they get behind the wheel. If a particular driver fails to do so, he or she may wind up being pulled over by police. Driver negligence or reckless behavior can also lead to tragedy, such as when a speeding motorist causes a collision with another vehicle, resulting in injuries or fatality.
A recent collision in Lancaster County took the lives of three people. The crash also resulted in injury to an 8-year-old child passenger in one of the vehicles. Preliminary investigations showed that one of the vehicles veered out of its lane, through a median and crashed head-on into another car.
The drivers of both vehicles were pronounced dead at the scene. A 60-year-old passenger in one of the cars initially survived her injuries. She was being transported to a nearby hospital via ambulance. Sadly, she succumbed to her injuries during transport. Southbound traffic lanes were closed for several hours after the accident.
When a Pennsylvania collision results in serious injuries or fatality, investigators try to learn as much as they can about the events that occurred in the moments leading up to the crash. Especially if a car has entered an oncoming lane of traffic, questions regarding the condition of the driver must be answered, such as whether he or she suffered a medical emergency or was acting under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If a family has lost a loved one in a collision caused by driver negligence, legal steps may be taken to seek restitution in a civil court.