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Fatal truck accident occurs in Pennsylvania

An accident between a passenger vehicle and a commercial truck has the potential to be tragic. In order to minimize risk, truck drivers are supposed to obey a variety of trucking regulations that dictate how long they can be on the road and how often the truck must undergo require maintenance -- among other rules. These rules are meant to prevent fatal truck accidents and other disasters that can easily injure Pennsylvania residents.

Unfortunately, not every truck driver follows these rules, or pays close enough attention to the road. In these cases, tractor trailer accidents can happen and have the potential to be deadly. Recently, a fatal accident occurred between a passenger car and a tractor trailer on a Pennsylvania roadway.

In this case, the care was at a toll booth on Interstate 78 West when a large truck hauling groceries slammed into the car. The truck hit the car with such force that following the accident only the front tires and the car's front bumper were visible. Police are even having a hard time figuring out how many victims there are since they cannot see into the car.

Following the impact, the car and truck travelled 200 feet before coming to a stop. A fire also started. Debris was flown all over the toll booths and surrounding road. Like with many truck accidents, the truck driver was not seriously hurt in the accident. However, everyone in the car is presumed dead.

Now, the police will have to conduct an investigation to determine why this fatal accident occurred. Questions about the truck's maintenance record, speed and the driver will be asked during this investigation. If negligence on the part of the truck driver or the truck company -- such as a poorly maintained truck -- played a role in causing the accident, then the victim's family may have the right to file a wrongful death suit to obtain compensation for their loss.

Source: The Express-Times, "Truck slams into car at I-78 toll booth, killing at least one, before bursting into flames, officials say," Sarah M. Wojcik, Jan. 13, 2014

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