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Passenger killed in Delaware Township car accident

Many people in Reading recognize that when someone causes an accident, the person that is injured can generally file a lawsuit. What about when it is a single-car accident? If the injured party was the passenger, there is little stopping him or her from filing a lawsuit against the driver if he or she was responsible for the crash. Moreover, if something else caused the accident, such as a pedestrian or a cyclist, they might also be held liable.

For the family of a 32-year-old woman from Fredonia, north of Pittsburgh, they may wish to file a wrongful death lawsuit after she died in a single-vehicle accident. She was the passenger in a vehicle traveling through Delaware Township when the driver lost control of the vehicle and smashed into a utility pole.

The 29-year-old man driving was approaching an intersection when he swerved to avoid a bicyclist. It is unclear if the bicyclist was doing something wrong, causing the driver to use evasive maneuvers, or if it was that the driver who was negligent and only saw the cyclist at the last moment. Regardless, however, the woman was fatally injured because of someone else's negligence.

Drivers have certain responsibilities to their passengers, including avoiding accidents. When a driver is involved in an accident, it raises the question of whether he or she was negligent, which could expose him or her to liability if someone was injured. It doesn't matter if that someone was in the car, in another car or a pedestrian on the street -- if the person dies, his or her family members may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Source: WFMJ, "Fredonia woman killed in Mercer County crash," Sept. 29, 2013

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