Anytime we are passengers in another person's car, we are entrusting our lives to them. We trust that they will drive responsibly and within the parameters of the law. Although "backseat drivers" are often criticized, there are times when it is appropriate for passengers to speak up about someone's driving, especially if his or her careless driving is endangering the lives of everyone.
Last Wednesday, there was a fatal car accident in Philadelphia. It's impossible to know whether the two passengers objected to the driver's antics before the accident, but it certainly seems like it would have been warranted. According to police reports, the man was driving the car at excessive speeds before losing control of it.
The driver and two passengers were all pronounced dead on the scene.
At about 8 p.m., the car was driving near the Franklin Mills Mall. However, the car hit three concrete barriers before it flipped over and came to rest on its hood. The impact of the crash was so severe that three of the four tires were ripped from the car, and the car's battery was torn out of its compartment.
The two men were both ejected from the car during the accident, and they were pronounced dead almost as soon as emergency professionals arrived on the scene. The woman was trapped in the car and needed to be extricated. Sadly, once she was free from the car, she was also pronounced dead.
If it is determined that the driver was speeding and driving recklessly, he could be held liable for the accident. The families of the other two victims may be able to collect money from his car or life insurance.
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, "3 killed in 1-car accident near Franklin Mills Mall," Phillip Lucas, Jan. 4, 2012