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Fatal Pennsylvania crash could lead to wrongful death claim

Because of their size, drivers of tractor trailers have a moral duty to take action to preserve their personal safety as well as the safety of those they may encounter. Unfortunately, the failure of truck drivers to follow basic traffic laws can result in serious accidents. Officials are still investigating a recent accident in Pennsylvania that resulted in a fatality. Family members of the deceased victim could ultimately decided to file a wrongful death lawsuit as a result. 

The accident happened one night in early January. Police claim that a tractor trailer driven by a 41-year-old male pulled into the path of a vehicle driven by a 31-year-old woman. After the vehicle struck the tractor trailer, rescue workers had to cut the female driver from the wreckage.

The woman was rushed to the hospital for treatment but ultimately passed away approximately a week later as a result of the injuries she suffered in the accident. The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured. It is unclear if charges are expected to be filed, but the investigation into the crash continues.

Those in Pennsylvania who have lost loved ones in motor vehicle accidents were likely unaware of the emotional and financial ramifications of such an accident at the time of their loss. While coming to terms with life without their loved one, they often face a precarious financial situation as a result of medical bills, funeral expenses and lost wages. To help cope with these costs, many seek recompense by filing a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court. A successfully presented case could result in a financial award, allowing grieving family members to focus on their recovery rather than how they will pay their bills.

Source:, "Woman hurt in Route 512 crash dies of injuries, coroner says", Kurt Bresswein, Jan. 14, 2016

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