Pennsylvania’s freeways and interstates were designed to move traffic at high speeds from one point to another. But as Philadelphia area drivers know only too well, traffic congestion can often turn these high speed roadways into parking lots. Sometimes drivers come upon stopped traffic with little advance warning, and the resulting crash can lead to a chain reaction collision involving multiple vehicles.
Recently a three-car accident on I-78 West sent at least six people to the hospital. A 63-year-old man was unable to stop in time as traffic slowed on the highway, and rear-ended the car in front of him. That car in turn was pushed into another vehicle, driven by a woman with four small children riding as passengers. Police cited the man who caused the chain reaction accident.
All drivers are expected to keep a lookout for other traffic and be ready to slow down or stop if necessary. If a driver fails in their duty to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances, they may be negligent and legally responsible for injuries or damage caused by the accident. A plaintiff seeking damages for a car accident will have to prove that the defendant was negligent and that this negligence was a substantial factor in causing the crash and the resulting injuries.
Drivers in the Philadelphia area need to be aware of their surroundings when driving on the highway, because dangerous situations like stopped traffic can arise quickly and without warning. A Philadelphia car accident attorney can assist those injured when accidents do occur.
Source: Hellerton-Lower Saucon Patch, “Driver Caused Chain Reaction Accident on I-78, Police Say,” Josh Popichak, July 4, 2013