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Pennsylvania accident leads to the death of a firefighter

Authorities report that a local man attempting to help a motorist on a highway was struck by a driver who remained at the scene. Though authorities did not originally release his name, a report later indicated that the man was a firefighter on his way to work.

According to the official report, the man was an EMT and firefighter who recently accepted a new job. At approximately 5 a.m. on Dec. 7, the man pulled over on the side of the road and attempted to help a stranded motorist. An SUV traveling on Interstate 95 hit the stranded vehicle, which created a chain reaction.

The firefighter was hit by that car and rushed to a nearby Pennsylvania hospital. Police have launched an investigation into the incident. According to reports, the firefighter underwent extensive surgery and remains in the hospital.

Car accidents of this type may result in a personal injury lawsuit. Pennsylvania law states that those responsible for causing an accident that leads to an injury or damage to any personal property are liable for this damage. By using the police report of the incident, the testimony from eyewitnesses on the highway and the report of the victim, an attorney can pull together a liability case that helps someone injured in a car accident seek compensation.

A personal injury attorney uses different types of evidence to show that another person is responsible for the injuries caused to another person. The injured party may face loss of wages and medical bills after that accident. Attorneys gather the evidence and work with eyewitnesses to form a case against the person at fault for the accident to help injured parties receive compensation.

Source: WPVI, "Firefighter identified as good samaritan struck by car on I-95", December 07, 2014

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