Police Reconstruct Fatal Pennsylvania Accident
After a double-fatal car accident in Rome Township, PA, on Friday night, state police closed a portion of the road to reconstruct the deadly accident. According to news reports, police closed State Route 1022 Monday morning in Bradford County in an effort to help determine the circumstances surrounding the accident.
A couple died in the Friday night accident when the driver of their car, their 49-year-old son, apparently veered into the oncoming lane, where the vehicle was then struck by a dump truck. The man’s mother and father died at the scene of the accident. He was taken by helicopter to the nearby hospital.
The driver of the dump truck said he saw the SUV coming towards him and swerved to avoid the SUV, however, the two vehicles still struck nearly head-on. The dump truck driver, who was wearing a seatbelt, was not injured in the accident.
Police reported that based on their preliminary investigation, neither speed nor alcohol was a factor in the accident. None of the occupants in the SUV were wearing their seatbelt.
Although the news reports did not indicate what the police were looking for in the reconstruction, reconstruction experts typically search for any physical evidence that may have been missed during the initial investigation. Evidence such as skid marks, broken vehicle parts, and highway damage can all be used to assess speed, direction of travel and braking distance.
Our Pennsylvania car accident lawyers urge all motorists to wear their seatbelts anytime they get into a vehicle. Statistics show that seat belts can save lives when worn properly. In fact, government data show that the use of seatbelts reduce the risk of death by 45 percent, and of serious injury by 50 percent, when worn in the course of an automobile accident.
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