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Car accidents: Several injured in Pennsylvania wreck

Police say charges can be expected in the case of a collision in Rayburn on Jan. 18. Pennsylvania authorities are still investigating the crash, but they say an 18-year-old male driver could stand to be charged for his material contribution to the crash. As with most car accidents resulting in injuries, state law also allows for the possibility of the victims filing personal injury lawsuits in civil court. 

According to the accident report, around 2:30 p.m. the driver was headed northbound on Route 28/66 when the accident occurred. The man was allegedly traveling at a high rate of speed. When his vehicle encountered gravel, he lost control of the car, which then entered the oncoming lane. This caused an impact with a minivan traveling the other direction. The force of the impact sent both vehicles off the road, with the man's car suffering critical engine damage. 

The crash required the mechanical extrication of the man, a 15-year-old female passenger in his car and the 28-year-old woman driving the minivan. All three parties suffered serious injuries, ranging from broken bones to head injuries, and were taken to local hospitals for treatment. Pennsylvania State Police closed the road to facilitate their investigation directly following the incident. 

It remains to be seen if the driver will face criminal charges. As would be the case with similar car accidents, a civil suit is possible if the evidence suggests that the driver materially contributed to the accident by way of recklessness or negligence. Upon appropriate proof of negligence, the court will then adjudicate claims for specific items of financial damages.

Source: kittanningpaper.com, "Rayburn accident sends motorists to hospital", Jan. 19, 2018

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