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Police rule out intoxication, texting in fatal Pennsylvania crash

A tragic auto accident earlier this month in Sharon, Pennsylvania, took three lives and left four people injured. Two of the victims who died were high school students, and the third fatality was a 50-year-old Ohio man in the other vehicle.

An investigation of the accident led police to rule out the possibility of drugs, alcohol or texting as factors, but the grieving families of the deceased are undoubtedly still looking for answers.

According to police, an SUV occupied by four high school athletes crossed the lined median of a road and collided with a truck head-on. The 18-year-old driver of the SUV, one of his passengers and the driver of the truck all died. Four other occupants, two in each vehicle, suffered injuries.

After fatal auto accidents involving multiple parties, police investigators usually try to determine exactly what happened according to statements from survivors and accident reconstruction. When an investigation doesn't fully clarify the circumstances of a crash, it may be necessary for injured parties or their family members to seek legal assistance beyond the police to determine the precise cause of the accident.

Fatal auto accidents are devastating for everyone involved, and it is understandable that people hesitate to establish their rights in the aftermath of an injury or the loss of a loved one. However, insurance companies start working very soon after a crash to collect evidence with the full intention of denying any possible wrongful death claim brought by the family of a deceased victim.

If you would like to learn more about what to do after a fatal auto accident, then our page may prove helpful. 

Source: The Washington Post, "Police: Alcohol, drugs not suspected in crash that killed 2 Pa. high school football players," Nov. 9, 2013

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