Recently, a Pittsburgh public works vehicle was involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident. While on the way to pickup materials to fill potholes, the driver stopped the truck to aid the driver of a car who was involved in a single vehicle accident on a Route 28 overpass. While that driver was acting as a Good Samaritan, another vehicle struck the back of the large truck. The force of that impact killed the 38-year-old woman who was in the second car.
What caused the second vehicle to slam into the public works truck has yet to be determined. One reason being explored is icy roads. Though the overpass is equipped with a deicing system that automatically thaws the road when it detects a temperature that could lead to freezing, it is unclear whether that system was working at the time of the incident. Slippery roads may have also accounted for the initial crash that prompted the public works truck to stop in the first place.
When a fatal car accident is due to the negligence of another person it is possible that a wrongful death lawsuit could be filed by family members of the person who died. Until the cause of this crash is determined, it is too soon to say whether a civil lawsuit is a possibility.
Source: KDKA, “Public Works Truck, Cars Involved In Fatal Crash,” Bob Allen, Jan. 13, 2014