It is always tragic when someone dies in a car accident, especially when that person is a young child who was riding as a passenger. When you are a passenger in someone's car, you have very little control over your safety, which is why the driver of a vehicle is considered responsible for his or her passengers. If a driver does something that puts his or her passengers at risk, he or she can be held liable if that passenger is injured or killed. By working with a personal injury lawyer, an injured passenger or his or her relatives can file a lawsuit against the person responsible.
Earlier this month an 11-year-old boy was killed in a car accident just to the northeast of Pittsburgh in Springdale Township. The boy was riding in a Mitsubishi Eclipse when the driver lost control of the vehicle. The southbound car then crossed into the northbound lane and a Kia Sorrento hit the driver's side.
The lieutenant with the Allegheny County police said that the roads were likely slippery at the time of the crash. Although some may think this nothing more than a tragic accident, further investigation could find evidence that the driver of the Eclipse was somehow negligent or reckless. Perhaps he or she was traveling too fast or too closely to the vehicle ahead. If there is anything that indicates the driver may have been responsible, the boy's parents may wish to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Immediately following the crash, the child was flown to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. He died shortly thereafter.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "11-year-old killed in Springdale Township crash identified," Lexi Belculfine, Jan. 3, 2013