Driving in the dark can be challenging, especially for those who have trouble seeing at night. No matter what time of day it happens to be, however, every motorist must adhere to all Pennsylvania traffic laws and safety regulations. It is not common for nighttime collisions to occur, and for investigators to later discover that driver negligence was a key factor. Sadly, a crash that occurred on a recent Wednesday night resulted in a fatal personal injury.
It was not quite midnight when the collision occurred. Police say a pickup truck and another vehicle collided head-on. Investigators did not provide details regarding preliminary investigations and who or what may have caused one of the vehicles to wind up in the direct, oncoming path of the other.
The person who died was a 24-year-old man who was a passenger in one of the vehicles. The roadway remained closed to traffic for hours in the aftermath of the collision while crews cleared the road of debris. Investigations following fatal motor vehicle collisions often take days or weeks to conclude.
It is not uncommon for such incidents to lead to litigation in the Pennsylvania civil justice system. This is because an immediate family member of a fatally injured accident victim may seek compensation for damages if another person’s negligence is believed to have been the cause of the loved one’s death. Most people considering filing a wrongful death claim consult with a personal injury law attorney before heading to court. This type of litigation is stressful, especially for loved ones of a decedent because details of the collision are addressed at length in the courtroom. Having an experienced attorney by one’s side typically increases the chances of securing a monetary judgment covering all documented damages.