While there is typically less traffic on Pennsylvania roadways after midnight, the wee hours of the morning can still be dangerous for travelers. If a collision occurs, it does not matter what time of day or night it happens to be, the result can be disastrous. Sadly, an incident that occurred at a convenience store on a recent Sunday at approximately 12:10 a.m. resulted in a fatality, as well as injuries to several others.
In the aftermath of a fatal collision, there are often more questions than answers as to who or what may have exactly caused a particular crash to occur. Investigators are still analyzing the events that led to the Sunday collision in Pittsburgh. What they know so far is that a motor vehicle careened off the roadway, barreling straight through the front of a Co-Go’s convenience store. Police say there was significant damage to the front aisles within the store after the vehicle crashed through the storefront, which was made of brick and glass.
Sadly, a 39-year-old woman passenger in the vehicle suffered fatal injuries in the collision. Another passenger was listed in critical condition upon transport to a hospital for emergency care. The driver was treated for moderate injuries at a Pittsburgh hospital.
There is no way to recover the loss of a human life. It is not uncommon, however, for fatal collisions in Pennsylvania and elsewhere to lead to wrongful death litigation in civil court when a driver is deemed to have been responsible through negligence for another person’s death. Victims who survive their injuries may file personal injury claims to seek compensation for damages as well. Although such compensation cannot undo physical or emotional trauma, it can provide financial relief to those victims who have suffered, financially and otherwise.