Pennsylvania roads witnessed too many deaths in 2012

There are few words to describe a fatal car accident that are as fitting as devastation. The family of an individual killed in a car accident often does not know how to grapple with the unexpected loss. When a loved one goes to the grocery store to get food or leaves in the morning for work, we expect that they are coming back. When they do not ever return, the foundation of a family is often completely unsettled.

Sometimes it was bad weather and a negligent driver was going too fast for the conditions. Other times it is someone texting or surfing the Internet when they should have been focusing on the road. And unfortunately, there will always be cases of drivers too intoxicated to be behind the wheel that kill innocent people.

Whatever the explanation, the fact of the matter is that there were countless individuals in Philadelphia and across the rest of Pennsylvania in 2012 that were devastated when their family member or friend was taken on our state’s roadways because of the negligence of another driver. Nationally, the rate of traffic deaths reflects that there was the largest year-over-year increase since 1975 of traffic fatalities. Safety experts determined this by looking at the statistics of fatal crashes that occurred in the first nine months of 2011 and comparing those numbers to the first nine months of 2012.

For most families that lost a loved one in 2012, there will be no criminal justice for the negligence of the offending drivers. In some instances families will chose to pursue a wrongful death claim as a means of holding the negligent party accountable. Sometimes this is the only justice a family can find.

Source: USA Today, “Group: Strong road-safety laws are lagging in states,” Larry Copeland, Jan. 15, 2013

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