A sad article by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently highlighted a large and fatal multi-car accident in Interstate 80 near Clarion County. Earlier this month, a huge snowstorm hit most of Pennsylvania and caused massive traffic accidents, delays, and pile-ups. The one accident on Interstate 80 mentioned above involved eighteen vehicles, half of which were tractor-trailers. At least two people died while leaving their vehicles to assist others involved in the wreck. One of the men who died was looking for his children, who had been thrown out of their vehicle on impact. The children were found safe later on.
In addition to the two fatalities, at least 30 other people were taken to area hospitals to address their injuries. One hospital alone treated about 20 people involved in the accident. Many of the injured victims suffered bone fractures, head injuries, and neck injuries. A large number of emergency vehicles were present from neighboring counties to assist at the accident scene, and local authorities even called in a bus to take people away from the wreckage.
A state trooper who was interviewed as a part of the Post-Gazette’s article urged caution when driving in winter weather conditions. This is especially true when drivers encounter a mix of heavy wind and narrow bands of snow. The trooper made sure to state that people should stay in their vehicle if involved in a crash under these conditions.
Attorney Stoehr has taken cases for victims who have been hit on the highway during similar accidents as described above. Car accidents are a very real danger when driving, no matter on the highway or on a secluded country road. The physical and psychological damage caused by car accidents can be extensive and result in years of medical and professional care. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash that was the fault of another, Attorney Doug Stoehr would be willing to set up a free consultation to discuss a possible legal claim involving your accident. Attorney Stoehr has experience litigating personal injury claims relating to car crashes, and if you would like to meet with him, please contact our law office.