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Young Pennsylvania girl killed in truck accident

Large trucks can be a danger to everyone on Pennsylvania roadways if they are not used correctly. Not only do drivers often need a special license to drive these large vehicles, but they also need to follow federal trucking regulations that help to keep other people safe.

And, for good reason. A truck accident can cause major destruction for any vehicle or person on or near the roadway. Pedestrians, in particular, have very little chance of surviving a truck accident unharmed. Unfortunately, a recent truck accident killed one Pennsylvania eighth grader.

According to reports, a 14-year-old girl was walking in a crosswalk at around 3:00 p.m. She was following some other children and while in the roadway she was hit by a dump truck. Following the accident, the girl was flown to a local children's hospital where she died around 8:30 p.m. that evening. Police believe the girl may not have been able to see the truck because of a school bus.

Following a truck accident, like this one, it is important that the truck accident victims and their families investigate why the accident occurred. They need to determine if the truck drivers' actions contributed to the accident and to any resulting injuries. Factors like truck driver fatigue, whether the truck driver was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and even truck maintenance all need to be taken into consideration.

If the investigation uncovers negligence by the truck driver or the truck company, the victims and their families should understand their legal rights. They may have the right to compensation for medical expenses, rehabilitation or lost wages. If the victim dies in the accident, the family may also be entitled to funeral expenses and pain and suffering.

Source: WHTM, "Teen, 14, struck by dump truck in western Pa. dies," March 7, 2014

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