A three-vehicle accident that occurred in Franklin County on Aug. 15 has left one man dead and five people with injuries. The accident caused a closure of the highway as authorities investigated the scene.
According to police, the fatal car accident occurred at 7:48 a.m. when a vehicle being driven eastbound by a 63-year-old man drifted into the westbound lanes and into the path of oncoming traffic. The man’s vehicle crashed into the front bumper of another vehicle being driven by a 51-year-old man, causing this second vehicle to spin. The first vehicle then continued going the wrong way and crashed into the front bumper of a vehicle being driven by 33-year-old woman.
The man in the first car that was hit was transported to Chambersburg Hospital after going into cardiac arrest; he was declared dead at the hospital. The other two drivers were transported via air to York Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries. The three passengers in the woman’s vehicle, all minors, suffered minor injuries in the accident and were also taken to the hospital for treatment. The accident was still under investigation at the time of the report.
Though the cause of the accident is unknown, the family of the decedent in a similar fatal accident might choose to file a wrongful death claim once there is evidence to show that another driver was liable due to his or her negligent actions. The damages a family might receive if their claim is successful can include compensation for medical treatment and funeral arrangements as well as for the loss of services and financial support the family could have expected had the person lived. Additionally, there might be other non-economic damages available to the family. A lawyer can walk a victim’s family through the process of filing a claim and ensure that they are aware of their options.
Source: Your4State.com, “One Dead in Serious Three-Vehicle Crash on Rt. 30”, August 15, 2014