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Laws that cannot be broken in truck accidents

When our legislators aren't reworking old laws that no longer function as intended, they are introducing new legislation to govern Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the United States. However, no one can change the laws of physics. When a large, heavy truck hits a much smaller, much lighter vehicle, the laws of physics are on the side of the truck.

We saw that truth illustrated recently in a violent collision involving a concrete truck that can weigh 30 tons or more, and a 1991 Mitsubishi GT 3000 that weighs a ton and a half. The driver of the concrete truck emerged from the wreckage with minor injuries. The 26-year-old driver of the Mitsubishi was killed in the crash.

Pennsylvania State Troopers said they are investigating the causes of the crash in Juniata County, about 180 miles east of Pittsburgh.

According to a news report, the 1998 International concrete mixer truck was on Route 35 when it slammed into the back of a Chevrolet Cavalier that had stopped to make a left turn. State police said that when the big truck hit the Cavalier, it veered into oncoming traffic. That's when it crashed into the Mitsubishi.

We don't know why the truck driver didn't slow and then stop for the turning Cavalier. That will be determined by investigations.

But we do know that in many similar situations, the driver was distracted, looking at text messages, making phone calls, trying to configure GPS, and so on. When drivers take their eyes off of the road, deadly destruction that can ensue.

A western Pennsylvania attorney experienced in wrongful death claim negotiations with a truck driver's insurer, employer and employer's insurer can result in an outcome that makes litigation unnecessary. An experienced lawyer will also take decisive action when litigation is required to get full and fair compensation for a family that has lost a loved one.

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