When tragic incidents occur to Chambersburg residents, it is only natural that individuals want to find out who is responsible for the incident. This is not only important to gain an understanding of what happened, but also to hold those who are responsible accountable for their actions.
However, it can be easier said than done to determine who is at fault for a particular incident, such as a
car accident. Multiple factors can contribute to a crash, and therefore it is not always easy to determine what caused the accident.
For instance, the Pennsylvania Highway Patrol is currently investigating a crash that killed a Chambersburg man. The accident occurred when a 21-year-old man's vehicle swerved onto the oncoming lane of traffic in order to avoid hitting another vehicle. While the man apparently avoided the vehicle, he and another car traveling in the opposite direction were involved in a head-on collision. As a result of the accident, the young man was killed, while a passenger in his vehicle and the other driver were sent to the hospital for their injuries.
While it can be unclear what caused a crash immediately after it occurs, these details need to be sorted out in order for liability to be found against a particular driver in a personal injury lawsuit. For example, if one driver violated the rules of the road, it may be determined that the driver caused the crash by not driving with the level of care required.
In other cases, both drivers may be determined to be partly at blame for the crash. This does not necessarily prohibit a person from succeeding in the lawsuit and recovering compensation from the other driver, however, if the other driver's conduct was held to be a more substantial cause of the crash. Accordingly, even when multiple factors are at play, individuals can still recover damages for their injuries in a personal injury lawsuit.
Source: Herald-Mail Media, "Chambersburg man killed in head-on collision on Pa. 997," Nov. 21, 2014