One man was killed on Nov. 21 in Shaler Township after a tire came loose from a trailer being hauled by a pickup truck, which crashed into the 75-year-old's windshield. The incident occurred nearby the Shaler Water Facility on Route 28. No one else was injured in the accident.
According to Shaler Township officers, the Ford F-150 truck had been driving toward Latrobe after leaving roofing materials at a landfill when the tire fell off, crossed over the Jersey barrier and hit the windshield of a southbound car. The man's wife was also in the vehicle at the time of the incident, but she was not injured as she had been sitting in the back seat.
One of the passengers in the truck said they did not know that the wheel had come off the trailer nor see the accident that ensued. Authorities apprehended the truck driver, and he was charged with accidents involving death while not properly licensed as well as accidents involving death or bodily injury. Sources indicate that he is an undocumented immigrant without a valid license and no truck insurance.
The family or loved ones of an individual who has died in an accident could file a wrongful death lawsuit. With the representation of an attorney, litigants may be able to obtain compensation for funeral expenses, lost financial support the deceased would have provided them as well as loss of companionship. If charges or citations were given to the at-fault driver, a lawyer could use them as possible evidence to support the family's suit.
Source: WTAE, "Tire falls off, hits car, killing 1 on Route 28", Matt Belanger and Bofta Yimam, November 21, 2014