The tire came from a Ford F-450 truck’s trailer. The truck was heading South on Route 28 when the accident occurred. According to police, a 23-year-old male is the owner of the truck and trailer that is registered in Kentucky. He is in Pennsylvania to do contract work.
The driver of the truck drove away from the scene of the accident and was found about an hour later before being taken into custody. He said he did not know anything was wrong until he reached a landfill in McKees Rocks. After realizing the tire was missing he tried retracing his steps before being pulled over by authorities. The driver did not possess a valid driver’s license and neither the truck nor trailer was insured.
According to police, the driver will be charged with violating Title 75. This includes being at fault for an accident that results in death, serious injuries and also not being properly licensed and insured.
This is the second fatal accident in recent months that involved a tire. In September, a tractor trailer’s tire caused a fatal accident on Interstate 79. You can read our previous blog post about that accident here.
As the investigation continues, the family members of the victim may also file a claim against the driver at fault. Filing a wrongful death claim would help alleviate unexpected funeral costs and expenses during this horrific time. In the event there is no insurance coverage on the at fault vehicle, there may be a claim for uninsured motorists as well. At Berger and Green we understand the impact that an accident has on a family. If you need assistance after a loss such as this, contact our firm today.