Experienced drivers typically understand the need for particular caution and alertness at intersections. Pennsylvania crossroads, like most others across the country, are often high-risk areas for collision. While many intersections have traffic lights or stop signs, there is never a guarantee that a motorist is going to adhere to traffic laws or safety regulations when entering a crossroads. On a recent Saturday morning, a collision occurred that resulted in a man’s death.
There were two vehicles involved in the crash. One driver was traveling in an eastbound direction at the time, and the other was headed southbound. Just before 10 a.m., the southbound vehicle crashed into the other car in the intersection.
Sadly, the 71-year-old behind the wheel of the eastbound vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver, a 30-year-old man, sought medical attention at a nearby hospital for injuries not considered life-threatening. Investigators are still working to determine exactly what transpired in the moments leading up to the fatal crash. To aid in the investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police Commercial Reconstruction Unit was dispatched to the scene.
When a Pennsylvania collision results in a fatality, it often leads to litigation. An immediate family member of a decedent is able to seek restitution in a civil court if another person has been deemed responsible for the accident in question. Compensation awarded in successfully litigated cases is often used by grieving families to help offset funeral costs and other monetary damages associated with their loved ones’ deaths.