PITTSBURGH – October 20, 2020

A driver suffered fatal injury after a wrong-way crash involving a Pepsi truck on Interstate 279 north in Pittsburgh. Police said the car was going the wrong way and collided head on with the truck, which was traveling in the right direction, just before 12 a.m. Tuesday. The front end of the car became wedged under the front of the truck. Scene investigators said the car caught fire and the driver of the truck put out the flames. The truck driver was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.  Accident victims should consult with an attorney who has experience with the trucking industry laws regarding leggal action.

Commercial truck.

 The weight of a Pepsi Commercial truck against the size and weight of a passenger vehicle can cause catastrophic damage in a crash between it and another moving vehicle, or stationary object.   A Pennsylvania truck accident attorney can guide a victim’s actions after someone has been fatally injured and assist with insurance claims, expediting payment to cover funeral expenses, and necessary litigation for damage compensation by the at-fault party to the accident.

Regulations and insurance.

Pennsylvania commercial trucking laws are in place to protect the public and reduce motor vehicle accidents. There are state and federal regulations that require commercial vehicles to be inspected and maintained on a regular basis and the state of Pennsylvania may require higher insurance coverages than a passenger vehicle.  Insurance limitations on individual policies may not be high enough to pay when a fatality occurs.  There are specific legal actions that can be filed by heirs of a decedent and personal representatives of an estate with the assistance of an experienced truck accident attorney.

The State of Pennsylvania uses both a “no-fault” system and a 3rd party liability system. Under Pennsylvania’s no-fault system, after a car accident, a driver may turn to his or her own insurance company for compensation for injuries up to the personal injury protection, or “PIP”  limit regardless of fault. Drivers also have the right to circumvent Pennsylvania’s no-fault law and proceed directly against the at-fault driver under certain circumstances that result in serious injury utilizing the modified comparative negligence rule.

Loss of life.

In Pennsylvania, family members, or legal representatives must file a wrongful death legal actions to secure compensation when a loved one dies because of the negligent, reckless, or deliberate act of another.  A Pennsylvania personal injury attorney can assist with damages in these lawsuits that may include:

  • Medical bills and treatment,
  • Funeral and burial expenses,
  • Lost wages compensation,
  • Compensation for pain and suffering,
  • Punitive damages base on individual case.

Seek legal counsel.

Call an accident attorney in the Pittsburgh area to determine “fault” and actions toward a legal proceeding to address any damages and injuries sustained.  If you have lost a loved one in an accident with a truck, an experienced truck accident lawyer at Scanlon & Wojton will fight for your rights.

Scanlon & Wojton, Attorneys at Law

The Mitchell Building
304 Ross Street, Suite 510
Pittsburgh, Pa 15219

 

Phone:  (412) 918-1241

Fax: (412) 235-7275

 

 

Sources:

https://www.wpxi.com/news/top-stories/deadly-crash-involving-car-pepsi-truck-had-parkway-north-closed-hours/SELX3HVQUJFONOLTLUQUHPKW4E/

https://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/LI/CT/HTM/42/00.071.002.000..HTM

https://www.nhtsa.gov/

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