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Car accident near Pennsylvania border proves fatal

If you have lost a loved one due to someone else's negligence or an accident that was caused by another person, you could be entitled to compensation. A wrongful death lawsuit involves a claim against a party that was responsible for the death of another person when that death was not intentional, but instead caused by recklessness or negligence. Wrongful death can come in many forms, but one of the most common types of wrongful death is a fatal motor vehicle accident.

An accident occurred recently near the border of West Virginia and Pennsylvania, south of Pittsburgh. The scene is still being investigated, but police confirmed one death in the two-car accident, which caused the north bound lane to be shut down for hours. The conditions of any other parties involved have not been released.

Obviously since the accident is still being investigated, it is impossible to determine who was at fault in this accident, but depending on the circumstances, the surviving family members of the deceased victim could file a wrongful death claim. If it is discovered that the other driver was negligent in their driving, perhaps they failed to obey a road law and changed lanes without signaling or they were intoxicated, then that driver could be held responsible for the death of the victim.

The same can be said for any resident of Pennsylvania who is killed in an accident. Obviously no amount of money can replace the loss of a loved one, but monetary compensation can at least ensure that the emotional stress of wrongful death is not exacerbated by the financial stress of medical bills and funeral expenses. If you have lost a loved one in a car accident or due to other negligent behavior, consider meeting with an attorney to discuss the aspects of your case.

Source: WDTV, "UPDATE: I-79 Northbound Reopened Following Afternoon Fatal Accident," Andrew Havranek, May 11, 2015

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