In stark contrast to other multi-vehicle accidents in recent weeks, an accident that occurred in Pennsylvania, near the Maryland state line, involving ten vehicles resulted in no fatalities. That vehicle count included four tractor trailers and a tow truck. Amazingly, not a single person died.
The accident happened approximately eight miles north of the border around 1:30 p.m. on the I-83 North. It began when traffic began to buildup for unknown reasons. One tractor trailer was unable to stop in time, and crashed into the rear of another vehicle, which caused a chain reaction collision. In fact, one vehicle was so badly destroyed, it reportedly had to be removed from the roadway by means of a forklift. A fuel hazmat team was also called to the scene.
Of the individuals involved in the collision, seven people were taken to local hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the collision.
Needless to say, things could have been a lot worse in this collision. It is hard to believe that with four huge tractor trailer trucks and a tow truck in the mix, the sheer force did not do more damage, but thank goodness things turned out the way they did.
Every year thousands of innocent people are injured or killed following collisions with tractor-trailers and other large commercial vehicles. The physics associated with the sheer size and weight of these tractor-trailers, flatbeds, dump trucks, box trucks and car carriers typically translates into causing injuries more severe than those associated with other types of car accidents.
Traffic accidents often occur because at least one driver was at fault. The theory of fault in these types of accident cases is typically negligence. A negligence claim means that the plaintiff (person bringing the lawsuit) is alleging that the driver responsible for causing the collision failed to act reasonably in the operation of his or her vehicle. Drivers are required to drive in accordance with how a reasonably prudent (safe) person would drive. A driver cannot drive in such a way as to needlessly endanger other motorists or pedestrians. Deviations from this standard include things such as the following: speeding excessively, driving aggressively, failing to yield,tailgating, failure to signal a turn/lane change, running a stop sign or stoplight, or any other traffic law violations.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident in Maryland, contact the experienced car accident attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen Personal Injury Lawyers immediately. We have many years of experience in advocating aggressively on behalf of individuals and families who have suffered due to personal injury or wrongful death as a result of a car accident. We will work to secure you the compensation that you deserve so that you can focus on recovering physically and mentally. If you believe that your car accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, please contact us today by calling 1-800-654-1949, or through our website, in order to schedule your free initial consultation.
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Fatal Single Vehicle Accident in Montgomery County, Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog, published September 20, 2013
Maryland Woman Drives into Lake As A Result Of Texting, Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog, published September 13, 2013