A 75-year-old man was driving his vehicle west on Gospel Hill Road in Cussewago Township when a 39-year-old woman pulled out of a driveway in front of him in a propane truck around 1:38 p.m. on Dec. 17 between Fry and Hill roads. The man's front left fender and headlight struck the truck before his vehicle veered off into a ditch on the north side of the road and rolled onto its roof.
Crews from two local volunteer fire departments extracted the man from his vehicle, and an ambulance transported him to an Erie medical center for treatment. A nursing supervisor at the medical center stated that he was in serious condition that night.
The truck ended up in a ditch on the south side of the road, but the accident did not injure its driver. The state police did not say whether the truck was leaking propane, and they did not state whether either driver was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.
Anybody who has suffered any car accident injuries may be entitled to compensation for damages. This could include medical expenses and pain and suffering, and it could cover any lost income that the accident caused. An attorney may be able to assist the injured party in preparing the claim to include all of the compensation to which they are entitled.
When accident-related injuries result in extended hospital stays, the resulting medical bills can be very expensive. In many cases, the at-fault driver's liability insurance coverage only pays for part of this amount, so the injured party may need to recover the remainder from the driver. An attorney may be able to help during negotiations with the insurance carrier and during court proceedings if they become necessary.