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College student killed after car hit by a truck in Pennsylvania

There are many different types of vehicles on Pennsylvania roadways. Of these vehicles, semi trucks are highly regulated by the government. This is because these vehicles are so large and truck accidents can cause serious injuries. By regulating how much truckers can drive, how often maintenance needs to be done and other important aspects of the trucking industry, the government is trying to keep people safer on the roads.

Despite these regulations, semi truck accidents still happen. A recent fatal accident in Pennsylvania involved a large truck. In this accident, a driver and a passenger were traveling northbound on Interstate 79. In the snowy conditions, the driver of the car lost control over the vehicle. The vehicle apparently spun around before crashing into a guardrail. At that time, the car was hit by a large truck that had also been traveling north.

As a result of the accident, the car's passenger -- a 20-year-old college student -- was killed by the trauma at the scene. The driver of the vehicle was also injured and was taken to a local hospital.

While the exact cause of this accident is still under investigation, the family of the woman will likely want answers into why this accident killed her and how it happened. As part of this investigation, this family should question whether the truck had something to do with the woman's death. For example, maybe the truck was traveling to close to the car, too fast or otherwise had violated a safety regulation.

If this woman's death was caused by negligence on behalf of the truck driver, or the truck's owner, the woman's family may have a wrongful death claim. In a wrongful death suit the family may be able to recover for their financial losses and for their emotional pain.

Source: WAFR, "WVU student dies in I-79 accident," Feb. 14, 2013

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