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Tow truck driver in head-on crash takes a mother's life

When a fatal motor vehicle crash occurs, other individuals besides the driver at fault could be held liable in a wrongful death lawsuit. The owner of the vehicle may also be liable if they negligently lent the vehicle out to someone that they knew could be a risk on the road.

Recently a tow truck driver slammed head on into another vehicle in the Pittsburgh area, and this resulted in the death of a 45-year old woman and critically injured the woman's son. Upon investigation it was found that the tow truck driver did not have a valid driver's license. Search is underway to locate the owner of the tow truck to discover what he did and did not know concerning the tow truck driver's past.

In any activity that could lead to risk for other individuals, those engaged in such an activity have a duty to take all reasonable precautions to make certain that no one else is harmed. In the case of employers, they must take steps to make sure that their employees also conduct business in a safe and reasonable manner.

If someone is injured and there is a question as to whether one particular party or another is liable, it is also a good decision to consult with a lawyer that understands how personal injury matters are handled. Such lawyers have the resources to make determinations as to who is at fault, and they also understand which parties are in the best position to compensate those that are injured.

A 45-year old woman and her son likely would not have been harmed if due care was taken in the driving of the tow truck. Lawsuits are put in place to make certain that injured parties are compensated for what has occurred, but such suits also send a message that responsible parties will have to pay for reckless or careless acts.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Police try to find owner of truck in fatal crash," May 15, 2012

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