Three people were killed in a head-on collision in Montgomery County and their surviving family members are looking for answers.
Police Officer Witnessed Accident On Intersection At Ridge Pike
According to the police, the crash occurred at around 11:50 p.m. at the intersection of Ridge Pike, Chemical Road, North Lane, and Colwell Road. Just prior to the accident, an on-duty officer near the scene heard a vehicle coming up at a high rate of speed. The driver of a Honda Pilot flew by going westbound on Ridge Pike. He failed to turn near Chemical Road, crossed over the center median, entered the eastbound lane, and struck an approaching Dodge Caravan head-on.
Police have estimated that the driver of the Honda was going around 100 mph in a 35 mph zone.
The collision resulted in the death of the 38-year-old driver of the Pilot and one of his passengers, a 30-year-old man who was ejected from the vehicle. The third person in the Honda survived but is in critical condition.
The driver of the Dodge also did not survive the accident.
Police are waiting on toxicology reports to determine if the driver of the Pilot was intoxicated. Friends and family are baffled as to why the driver was speeding and have indicated that he and his friends were visiting others earlier in the day.
Can Family Sue After A Loved One Is Killed In An Accident?
Yes, if an auto accident victim’s death was caused by negligence, then their loved ones have the legal right to take action against those responsible. Those eligible to file an auto accident lawsuit typically include the spouse, children, and parents of the deceased.
The purpose of filing this lawsuit is to recover compensation for the financial losses that have been sustained and also to seek justice.
What Type Of Compensation Can Be Recovered Through An Auto Accident Lawsuit?
Although the total amount that can be recovered will vary from case to case, the intention is the same, to ensure financial stability for those who have been harmed because of an accident. Compensation may pay for:
- Medical Bills – any medical treatments needed for injuries sustained in the accident including those that are anticipated in the future.
- Lost Earnings – auto accident injuries can suspend or end a career. Compensation can be obtained that will replace wage that would have been earned.
- Physical Pain – even though this isn’t a monetary loss, physical pain can be treated with medications and physical therapy, treatments which are not cheap.
- Emotional Trauma – Many accident victims suffer from anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Therapy can help but this is another expense.
- Funeral & Burial Expenses – If the accident victim dies then their family can be compensated for the cost of their burial and funeral.
If you are considering taking legal action after an accident contact an attorney as quickly as possible.
Why Should I Work With An Auto Accident Attorney?
Auto accident law is complex and you can be sure that the insurance companies have a team of legal experts ready to defend the company. An experienced attorney can stand up to the insurance companies, preserve evidence, and handle the legal paperwork and deadlines.
In addition to this, a good auto accident attorney will consult with industry experts who can testify on behalf of a client.
At Schuster Law we want our potential clients to be sure they have the right fit for them when it comes to their legal team. We are happy to share past successes in the form of both verdicts and settlements, provide references, and answer any questions that arise.
Our ultimate goal is client satisfaction. Contact us at our local law offices today to learn more.