Posted on February 3, 2018
Early this morning, a series of accidents occurring near Somerset, PA, caused 2 deaths and 4 injuries on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. For about 4 hours, the highway was closed and just recently reopened to eastbound traffic at New Stanton. A series of crashes began in the morning, followed by a third crash that lead to the 2 deaths. Some of the accidents involved a tractor-trailer carrying steel coils, one between two pick-up trucks and a passenger vehicle, and a single vehicle striking a guardrail and blocking the left lane.
It is believed that one accident led to the next but it is not clear to investigators which vehicle was involved in the initial accident, so determining cause has been quite difficult. Many victims were transported to hospitals for their injuries. Many commercial vehicles and more were told to stand still in traffic until the accident scene was cleared.
Determining liability can be difficult in any car accident. Imagine a two-car accident where neither party remembers what happened at the moment of impact – how do you tell who made a wrong move and who didn’t? This becomes even more complicated when multiple vehicles are involved. There are many ways in which multi-vehicle accidents occur. They can happen when one car is following another too closely and hits them from behind, causing others to pile up. They can occur when one car hits another head-on and debris causes many to veer off the side of the road. When a car accident is not as ‘simple’ as a rear-ender, everything is up in the air and can be challenged in the eyes of the court.
The truth is, in many of these cases, multiple defendants can be at fault. The jury or judge will look at all the evidence presented in the case and assign fault to each defendant. This means that, by the end of your claim, many different parties could actually be responsible for your accident and each will owe you a certain amount in damages. Your fault may even be reduced if you played a role in the accident in some way.
Chain reaction and multi-vehicle accidents are not unheard of in our times, where the highways are bustling with many people and everyone is driving quickly to get somewhere. At Edelstein Martin & Nelson, we want to help you in your time of need when you have been injured and aren’t sure where to turn. We have experience in a variety of these cases and can help you every step of the way. Call us today at 888-208-1810 for more information.