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Small car, big damage: car accident warrants highway closure

These blogs are posted on behalf of Hof & Reid LLC, and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the firm or its attorneys. The information presented in this blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice.

As the leaves begin to display brilliant colors that signal long dark nights and crisp cool weather, the Keystone State readies itself for the upcoming holiday season. This time of year, driving through Pennsylvania can be both beautiful and dangerous. As the temperatures dip and the weather becomes temperamental, drivers need to be wary of road conditions. Driving, even in ideal conditions, can result in a serious car accident that potentially affects a victim for a long time to come. 

A recent crash in Pennsylvania illustrates how one driver can cause damage so severe that a major highway was shut down for hours. When police responded to reports of an accident on I-81, it quickly became evident that lives were hanging on the balance. After an initial investigation, police determined that the driver of a passenger car had been following a pickup truck when it struck the back of the pickup, setting off a chain reaction of injury and damage. 

At this time, it is believed that the car first struck the pickup, causing the car to swerve across several lanes, entering oncoming traffic. The car struck a big tractor-trailer and another passenger vehicle before a second tractor-trailer struck the car. Rescuers arrived to find that the driver who had caused the crash was in bad shape and had to be rushed to the hospital, along with another victim, for immediate treatment. Both sides of the highway were closed for several hours while police investigated further and the debris from the crash was cleared. 

When a person becomes the victim of  a car accident in Pennsylvania, he or she might want to know what sort of legal action may be taken against the driver who caused the crash. Many victims find it helpful to consult a compassionate attorney who has experience with helping victims seek compensation for accident-related expenses like medical bills, vehicle damage or loss of wages due to inability to work. A victim needs time to heal and recover from the pain and suffering he or she endured, and an attorney may prove quite helpful when it comes to spearheading legal proceedings against a no-fault driver. 

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