The sudden death of a loved one can be challenging for any Pennsylvania family. This is especially true when the family member is unexpectedly killed in an auto accident that appears to have been preventable. In addition to leading to emotional trauma, such a tragedy can also lead to financial and legal challenges.
During the recent Rural Roads Safety Week in Pennsylvania, a call was made for motorists and farmers to share the roads in a responsible manner. In collaboration with the state's transportation, police and agriculture departments, the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau endeavors to raise awareness of the coming planting season and the associated safety risks on the roads. Increased numbers of slow-moving farm equipment will be using the roads, and the patience of motorists will be tested. An auto accident that involves heavy farm equipment can lead to severe personal injury or worse.
A driver who fails to stop after hitting a pedestrian may face serious charges. If the driver is found to have been negligent or reckless and the pedestrian dies as the result of fatal injuries suffered in such an accident, charges will be escalated. An Allentown man is facing multiple charges after allegedly causing the death of a pedestrian in a hit-and-run accident in Hanover Township. The tragic auto accident happened on a recent Sunday evening.
While it is not uncommon for fatal accidents to happen on Pennsylvania roads during the holidays, they will likely produce life-long trauma for those who loose loved ones at this time of the year. Apart from the tragic loss of life, the surviving family will relive the sadness every year. One family lost a loved one in a fatal auto accident that occurred in Erie two days before Christmas.
A 53-year-old man from another state was recently arrested after allegedly giving a 15-year-old girl permission to drive his vehicle on a Pennsylvania highway. His alleged irresponsibility led to the death of three 15-year-old passengers. The auto accident happened during the Labor Day weekend.
It is never a good idea to travel in a vehicle that is driven by an intoxicated driver. However, Pennsylvania residents may agree that it is never easy to convince a person who is under the influence of alcohol not to get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Unfortunately, this often leads to an auto accident that claims the lives of passengers.
A Pennsylvania family recently told a packed courtroom of the impact the death of their daughter had on the family. She was killed in an auto accident in mid January. This was at the sentencing of the deceased's friend who was the driver of the vehicle in which the woman was riding when she lost her life. The family asked the court to hand down the maximum sentence to remind others of the severe consequences of driving under the influence of illegal substances.