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Williamsport police officer faces charges following car accident

When drivers fail to follow the rules of the road, people can get hurt. When other people are hurt by a driver, the police will often investigate to determine if the driver's behavior broke any criminal laws. In some cases, police can even press charges against a reckless driver.

In a recent Pennsylvania case, a police officer has been charged following a car accident. In this case, a Williamsport officer is being criminally charged following a fatal car crash that occurred early in January. According to reports, the officer was traveling 88 miles-per-hour in a 35 mph zone when the officer crashed into the back of another vehicle. That car's driver lost control and hit a utility pole, a fire hydrant and a vacant house before a fire started. The driver of that vehicle was killed in the crash.

Despite the fact that the officer's lights and sirens were on at the time of the accident, the officer is still facing charges for involuntary manslaughter and homicide by vehicle.

Criminal charges are not the only consequence that may await reckless or negligent drivers. In some cases, those hurt -- or the families of those killed -- in car accidents can file a civil suit against the negligent driver. Unlike a criminal case, a civil suit aims to hold a driver financially responsible for the damage caused in a car accident. These damages can include medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.

By filing a personal injury or wrongful death suit, Pennsylvania families can get some closure following a car accident. Criminal charges may help to bring some justice but they will not compensate families or victims directly for what they have lost.

Source: The Sentinel, "Pa. officer to be charged in fatal crash," Jan. 27, 2014

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