In Pittsburgh, the summer is a time when there are many children out on the streets. They could be playing ball, riding their bicycles, and doing numerous other activities. Drivers generally keep a close watch on children and make certain they are out of harm’s way when driving. Unfortunately, there are still incidents when a child will be hit by a motor vehicle. This is especially dangerous when it is a large truck. The size of these vehicles when compared with the size and lack of visibility of children can lead to severe injuries and death. If such an accident happens, it is important for families to know how to pursue compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit.

A dump truck crashed into a 6-year-old boy who was riding his bicycle and killed him in the mid-afternoon. The accident happened at around 1:40 p.m. The law enforcement investigation is still underway and the truck driver stopped at the scene and is being cooperative. Neighbors in the area say that the boy was frequently seen riding his bike. A nearby man said he heard a loud noise which he did not believe to be anything serious, but checked outside and saw the damaged bike and the boy in the street. The driver will be tested to determine if he had any intoxicating substances in his body.

Any accident carries with it numerous consequences. If there were injuries, the person might need medical care including a hospitalization, surgical procedures, rehabilitative care, and at-home assistance. He or she might never return to normal. With a fatality, the family left behind will have to come to grips with the loss of a loved one. This is especially damaging when the person who is killed is a child. Seeking compensation will not bring the child back, but it will hold the driver accountable and cover for all the costs that accrued after the fatal accident as well as for pain and suffering.

In this fatal truck accident, a child was hit by a dump truck as he rode his bicycle. Although the exact circumstances of the crash have yet to be deciphered, the family must remember to protect themselves with an investigation from their perspective. Speaking to an attorney is the first step.

Source: post-gazette.com, “Child on bike killed on North Side after colliding with dump truck,” Shelly Bradbury, July 27, 2017