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Fatal Washington, D.C. car accident kills 1, injures 2

While accidents may be an unfortunate part of life, it can be difficult to be understanding when another's egregious fault or negligence results in serious injury or, worse, the death of a loved one. Not only is it reasonable to want justice, but sometimes the resultant expenses -- either medical, or, tragically, funeral -- are costly, and it stands to reason that the accountable party should be held responsible. Car accident injuries or fatalities are one example of such instances, when another driver's error -- whether a simple case of momentary distraction or something infinitely more selfish, like drunk driving -- comes at a high cost indeed.

A recent head-on collision in Washington, D.C. may be just such a case. The crash left both drivers seriously injured, but also claimed the life of a female passenger in the vehicle that was struck. The 43-year-old fatal victim was traveling in the sedan when an oncoming pickup truck smashed into it.

The accident occurred on a recent Sunday just after midnight when the driver of a pickup truck crossed the double yellow lines and collided with a car traveling the opposite direction. The force of the collision pushed the car several feet and destroyed the hood of the smaller vehicle. When emergency personnel arrived at the scene of the accident, they declared the passenger dead. The drivers of both vehicles were taken to hospitals for treatment of their serious injuries.

The Major Crash Investigation Unit of the Washington, D.C. Police Department is still investigating the fatal accident. Depending on the findings, the driver of the pickup may be facing a wrongful death lawsuit should the family of the deceased victim choose to pursue one through the civil justice system. The support and guidance of a personal injury attorney can prove highly beneficial in cases of car accident injuries or fatalities.

Source: NBC Washington, "Woman Killed in Head-On Crash in Southeast DC", Abby Vesoulis, Sept. 18, 2017

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