Dec 4, 2013 |


Dec 4, 2013 - Truck Accidents

Various forms of transportation are available in Pennsylvania. Locals and tourists in the state know that vehicles other than automobiles are sometimes on the roads. In some areas, horse-drawn buggies and bicycles are commonly used. In addition, many will also travel by foot. Although motor vehicles are not commonly used in Amish communities, vehicles do travel through these areas. Drivers in these areas should be especially cautious because a collision could occur and a fatal crash could result.

Following a collision with an Amish buggy, authorities in northwestern Pennsylvania responded to a truck accident. According to preliminary reports, a truck crashed into a horse-drawn buggy that was traveling with three passengers; a husband, wife and their young daughter. The crash occurred in the late afternoon in a town about 60 miles away from Pittsburgh.

Emergency crews responded to the truck collision and assessed those involved. A 34-year-old woman and her 11-year-old daughter were pronounced dead at the scene. The woman’s 35-year-old husband was seriously injured in the crash and was transported to the hospital for medical treatment. The status and condition of the 36-year-old truck driver was not reported.

Investigation of the fatal crash is still ongoing. Authorities have yet to determine what caused the crash and who is at fault. When the investigation is complete, the person at fault could face civil liabilities. A wrongful death suit could be filed by loved ones of the deceased. This could result in compensation being awarded that could be used to cover the costs of funeral expenses, pain and suffering and other damages. Furthermore, a personal injury suit may be available. This could cover the expenses associated with the crash such as medical bills and damages.

A fatal accident is often an emotional and difficult time for the families of the victims. In addition to dealing with the pain of losing a loved one, family and friends endure the financial burdens associated with the accident. Filing for compensation could help alleviate this hardship.

Source: abc News, “Police Identify Victims in Fatal Amish Buggy Crash,” Dec. 1, 2013

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