An Armstrong County accident on June 12 left a man dead, according to authorities. The incident reportedly took place on State Route 422 near the West Hills exit in Kittanning at approximately 2:50 p.m.
Authorities said a 37-year-old man was driving a 1993 Toyota Corolla east on the highway when he veered into the lane of a GMC Terrain. In response, the driver of the GMC immediately decelerated, causing a tri-axle truck, in turn, to swerve in an attempt to avoid a collision. However, the tri-axle truck hit both the GMC and the Toyota. Reportedly, the tri-axle truck then flipped onto its side and landed on top of the Toyota.
Authorities pronounced the driver of the Toyota dead at the scene of the accident. The drivers of the tri-axle truck and the GMC did not suffer serious injuries, authorities reported. According to the Pennsylvania State Police, the accident is still under investigation.
This particular case exemplifies the catastrophic damages that truck accidents can wreak upon the people and property involved in them. Victims in these accidents may seek financial compensation via civil action such as personal injury claims and wrongful death lawsuits.
A truck accident can be a complex event with multiple contributing factors, and so identifying which parties should be held responsible for the accident might not always be a straightforward task. For this reason, many truck accident victims retain the counsel and resources of a truck accident attorney. In some cases, poorly designed and negligently maintained roadways are partly to blame for the accident. When that proves to be true, the attorney may list the state of Pennsylvania as a defendant in the victims' civil claim.