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Truck accident leads to Pennsylvania man's death

An unexpected accident can happen at any time. Truck accidents can be particularly devastating to all those involved. Sadly, this was the case for one Perkasie man recently who was involved in a semi truck accident.

On July 18, the 24-year-old man was driving a 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse south on Route 14. For unknown reasons, his car veered off the road and spun into the northbound traffic lanes. The car continued on until it hit the guardrail on the east side of Route 14.

At this point, the man and his car were hit by a 2004 Freightliner semi truck. The truck had been traveling north before the collision.

During the accident, the airbags of the Eclipse deployed. Although he was wearing a seatbelt, the driver was left with serious injuries. He was transported to a local hospital via ambulance. Despite this medical attention, the man died of his injures a short time later.

As is often the case in accidents between large trucks and cars, the driver of the semi truck was unharmed in the crash.

In this case, the man's family may be left asking how and why this accident occurred. For them, and other who have lost family members in truck accidents, it will be important to determine if negligence on the part of the truck driver or truck company played a role in causing the accident. If, for example, an inattentive truck driver causes an accident, then that driver may be liable for damages to any victims and their families. These damages can include medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.

A thorough investigation of trucking logs and maintenance records can be one step in the process of determining liability in truck accidents.

Source: Williamsport Sun-Gazette, "Fatal collision kills Perkasie man on Route 14 in Bradford County," July 20, 2012

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