Residents in Pennsylvania often notice various forms of transportation on the road. Whether it is an automobile, truck, farming equipment or a horse and buggy, the roads across the state are filled with vehicles. In the areas where the Amish reside, automobiles will also drive on the same roads where horse-drawn buggies travel. This could increase the dangers on the road, and, if a driver is not paying attention or is negligent, a serious or fatal car accident could occur.
A fatal crash recently occurred between a truck and a horse-drawn buggy in a town about 60 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. A husband, wife and their 11-year-old daughter were in the buggy at the time of the crash. According to preliminary reports, the 34-year-old wife and young daughter were pronounced dead at the scene. Her 35-year-old husband was seriously injured and was transported to the hospital for medical treatment.
The collision is still under investigation, and the condition of the 36-year-old truck driver was not available at the time of this report. No charges have been filed as of now, and authorities are still trying to determine the cause of the crash.
Following investigation, fault and liabilities could be determined. If a driver was negligent and caused the accident, those affected could file a personal injury lawsuit or a wrongful death claim. Both types of lawsuits could be used to recover compensation to cover the costs associated with the accident, such as medical bills, lost wages and damages.
A fatal crash does not only affect those directly involved, but also their friends, family and community. The collision could result in grief and financial hardships. Following for compensation could alleviate these burdens. A Philadelphia car accident lawyer could provide assistance and guidance to those who have questions and could help protect their interest and rights.
Source: News Max, “Amish Buggy Accident Kills Mother and Daughter in Pennsylvania,” Alexandra Ward, Dec. 2, 2013