Car accidents can be caused by countless reasons; driver error, faulty car parts or road hazards are all frequently to blame. When lowered visibility at night is added to the mix, the statistics escalate. Such is the case in northeast Philadelphia where three young adults were injured in a car accident that happened around midnight on a Saturday morning.
The accident in question appears to have been caused by lane changing, although it is unclear if the shift in lanes was improper. Using turn signals and rearview mirrors is essential to careful driving, and failure to drive with reasonable care can make a driver guilty of negligence.
For someone to be charged with negligent driving, it needs to be shown that the driver owed a duty of care to the person who was injured and that injury resulted from the failure to live up to the standard of care.
When anyone gets behind the wheel of a car, they are putting themselves in the position of driving safely for their own sake and the safety of others as well. So when an accident occurs, it is necessary to establish who was at fault and if negligent driving was to blame for the incident.
Investigation shows that as the first driver in this case tried to switch lanes, the second driver, who was driving over the speed limit, crashed into the back of the first car. Both the driver and a passenger of the second car were ejected from the vehicle. Depending on the results of the police investigation, all three of the injured may have a right to compensation.
If one person is found to be at fault in an accident, then the other victims can work to recover damages. Even if there appears to be shared fault, damages may still be available to the victims. In either scenario, it is best to discover any and all legal options with a licensed attorney.
Source: NBC Philadelphia, “3 Injured in I-95 Crash in Northeast Philadelphia,” Danielle Johnson, Nov. 3, 2012