• June 06, 2017

Walter Goff III Killed in Pittsburgh, PA, 18-wheeler Accident

Pittsburgh, PA -- June 5, 2017, Walter Goff III was fatally injured following an accident in which his vehicle and an 18-wheeler crashed.

Investigators from the Pennsylvania State Police say that the fatal crash took place in the eastbound lanes of Penn Lincoln Parkway, just south of Squirrel Hill.

At approximately 11:15 p.m., 28-year-old Goff was traveling along the interstate in a passenger vehicle behind an 18-wheeler. For reasons which have yet to be determined, the vehicle was unable to avoid crashing into the rear end of the 18-wheeler.

The vehicle went beneath the trailer, inflicting critical injuries to Goff. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries occurred.

At this time, the factors surrounding the accident are unclear. Investigations are ongoing.

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Commentary

I know that reading about this accident, there are going to be a lot of people who automatically assume that Mr. Goff was at fault for this accident. I will admit that most rear-end accidents are indeed the fault of the rear driver, but to say that all such accidents are the same is simply not true. There are other factors that can leave a vehicle unable to stop in time, and it takes a thorough investigation by a professional to determine exactly what happened.

Imagine an accident where the rear-end driver's brakes failed. After only a cursory investigation, police would most likely report that the victim's vehicle failed to reduce speed and crashed into the back of the other vehicle. Brake failure is not an obvious factor, and it very rarely comes to light during police investigations. Only once the accident is examined by an experienced professional is the issue uncovered.

Now I'm not saying that this something that occurred here. My point is that it's possible, and meanwhile there are people automatically trying to place blame on this person or that person. Such baseless claims don't do anything to help those affected by this accident. The best approach after any accident where someone is hurt or killed is to ensure that an experienced professional investigates the accident. Only by considering any and all factors can those affected be sure they're seeing the full story. Maybe that investigation reveals new details, or maybe it simply confirms what initial police reports only said. Only with all of the facts can those affected get the resolution they deserve.

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