Heading out on the road at any time in Pittsburgh can be a risky endeavor. Accidents happen frequently for a variety of reasons from drivers operating under the influence, driving while distracted, operating the vehicle recklessly, disobeying traffic laws and more. One of the fundamental parts of an accident is that the drivers are expected to remain at the scene and lend assistance or call for emergency responders if there are injuries. Unfortunately, not everyone does that. This is particularly egregious if there is a fatal accident. Those who were affected by a fatal car crash and lost a loved one must be aware of their right to seek compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit.
A two-vehicle crash left a 59-year-old woman dead as the driver of the other vehicle involved fled the scene. The crash occurred at around 5:30 a.m. when the woman's SUV had a crash with a pickup truck. The pickup, a white Chevrolet Silverado, was being driven by a male. Law enforcement also thinks there was a female passenger in the pickup and she also fled. The woman who died was ejected from her SUV and was pronounced dead at the site of the crash.
With a fatal car crash, the family will need to deal with the loss of a loved one and the funeral. But when it is a hit and run, there are numerous other issues that must be navigated. Lost companionship, lost contributions from the person who died, and other factors must be accounted for. This is made more difficult if it is a hit and run. Insurance companies will frequently seek to settle a case before a legal filing is initiated, but the amount they offer is rarely sufficient to cover all that was lost.
In this case, the family left behind will not only need to deal with their loved one's death in a fatal car crash, but also the investigation into the other driver since he fled the scene. While law enforcement is seeking the vehicle and in cases like this, they work hard to find the person, it is imperative that the family of the woman who died protect themselves by hiring a legal professional and have help with a lawsuit.
Source: wtae.com, "Driver, woman flee from scene of fatal, head-on crash in Homewood, police say," Nov. 24, 2017