Two individuals were killed after the car in which they were passengers was involved in a serious car accident. The accident occurred in Philadelphia on a recent Friday morning in April. When Pennsylvania residents’ loved ones are killed in similar car accidents, they are typically entitled to file wrongful death claims in relation to the accidents.
The fatal crash occurred around 2:45 a.m., Philadelphia police said. A car with four passengers lost control, hit a curb, then crashed into a building. The two passengers that were in the back seat, a 23-year-old Upper Darby man and an unidentified woman were killed at the scene of the accident, according to police.
The 23-year-old woman, the driver, as well as the passenger in the front seat, a 25-year-old woman, were rushed to local hospitals for treatment. The driver was in stable condition, while the passenger was listed as being in guarded condition. Currently, police are still investigating this accident and they said the circumstances of the crash are yet to be determined — they are not sure whether drugs, speed or alcohol played any role in the accident.
The deceased victims’ families may decide to pursue a civil claim against the driver for the damages they incurred for end-of-life expenses. If criminal charges are formally filed and prosecutors secure a conviction on a charge related to the car accident, it might be offered as evidence in a personal injury claim. A conviction, though not required, could help establish negligence on the part of the driver, which is required to be proved before a civil court will consider an award of damages. Families of individuals who are killed in car accidents typically consult experienced personal injury attorneys to establish the validity of their proposed wrongful death claims and to provide advice and guidance throughout the claims process, including any necessary litigation through the Pennsylvania civil justice system.
Source: philly.com, “2 killed in South Philadelphia crash“, Emily Babay, April 8, 2016