Three teenagers were ejected from a rolling car in Washington County resulting in the death of a 19-year-old man. According to WTAE Pittsburgh, the fatal car accident in Pennsylvania occurred on Main Street in Blaine Township. For unknown reasons, the fatally injured victim was unable to negotiate a curve and the vehicle veered off the roadway. The 19-year-old driver was killed and a 17-year-old girl and an 18-year-old man were both ejected from the vehicle. The 17-year-old girl was hospitalized for her injuries. It is unclear what caused the crash, but bad weather may have played a part. The report does not state if this roadway has a history of similar accidents.
According to the 2009 Pennsylvania Crash Facts, there were about 14 crashes every hour throughout Pennsylvania that year. Those Pennsylvania car accidents resulted in one death about every seven hours. Additionally, about 239 people were injured every day in statewide car crashes. Also, 41.6 percent of all car accidents involving young drivers (16 to 21 years of age) were single-vehicle crashes.
Whenever there is a serious injury accident involving only one vehicle, an investigation is needed to determine the cause of the crash. There are a number of cases in which a dangerous roadway, a hit-and-run motorist or a defective auto part may have contributed to the crash. In such cases, the driver or the driver’s family may be able to pursue compensation from the at-fault party. Injured passengers may also pursue financial compensation for their losses from the individual or entity responsible for the crash.