Edward Samoleski, 77, was killed in a Pennsylvania car accident after a pickup truck traveling in the opposite direction lost control and hit his minivan almost head-on. According to a news report in The Times-Tribune, the fatal car accident occurred the morning of February 29, 2012 on Business Route 6 near Route 107 in Archbald. The driver of the pickup was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. Samoleski was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. Officials believe weather and slippery roadway conditions may have played a part in this crash. The investigation is ongoing.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Edward Samoleski for their tragic and devastating loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s 2010 Crash Facts and Statistics, there were a total of 2,558 car accidents in Lackawanna County. Of those crashes, 19 were fatal, 1,321 involved injuries and 1,218 resulted in property damage. Also, statewide, 8,221 car accidents were reported as a result of icy roadways. That accounts for 6.8 percent of all traffic accidents. Icy or snowy roadways also resulted in 52 deaths in Pennsylvania during the same year.
Based on this news report, it is not clear why the driver of the pickup truck lost control and crossed over into opposing lanes of traffic. Was the driver of the pickup truck traveling at an unsafe rate of speed given the weather and roadway conditions? According to Pennsylvania Vehicle Code Chapter 33, Section 3361: “No person shall drive a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing, nor at a speed greater than will permit the driver to bring his vehicle to a stop within the assured clear distance ahead.”
I trust officials are looking into whether speed, reckless driving, distracted driving or inattention played a part in this fatal crash. If the driver of the pickup truck is determined to have been at fault, he may be held liable for the victim’s wrongful death. Families of deceased victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.