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Fatal accident claims the life of man in Pennsylvania

These blogs are posted on behalf of Seidel, Cohen, Hof & Reid, LLC, and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the firm or its attorneys. The information presented in this blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice.

One man is dead following a four-car pileup in Juniata County, according to local news sources. The 26-year-old man lost his life in a fatal accident that involved four other vehicles. At present, Pennsylvania State Police are continuing to investigate the tragic crash, and no arrests have been made. 

According to the arrest report, at approximately 3:50 p.m. the afternoon of July 16, a southbound concrete truck was traveling along Route 35 in Fayette Township, when it apparently rear-ended a passenger vehicle that had stopped to navigate a left-hand turn into a parking lot. The truck then traveled into the northbound lane, causing it to crash into another vehicle head-on. The truck then struck a tree and slid into an unoccupied vehicle. 

The driver of the concrete truck and the driver of the vehicle he rear-ended both suffered minor injuries in the crash, but the driver of the northbound vehicle was killed upon impact. So far, no charges have been filed against the driver of the concrete truck, but the investigation is ongoing at this time. The driver has not been taken into custody. 

If the outcome of the Pennsylvania police investigation suggests the concrete truck driver was handling his vehicle in an unsafe or negligent manner, he could face criminal charges in connection with the fatal accident. In addition, the family of the deceased driver may wish to file a wrongful death suit against the driver and, possibly, the company for which he works. Such suits are civil in nature and, while they do not require a criminal conviction to proceed, evidence of driver negligence is often necessary in securing a claim. 

This blog entry was posted on behalf of Seidel, Cohen, Hof & Reid, LLC, and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the firm or its attorneys. The information presented in this blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice.

Source: fox43.com, "Man, 26, dies in 4-vehicle crash in Juniata County", Valerie Waltz, July 17, 2015

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