Mayhem erupted on roads in Pennsylvania after severe weather caused as many as 100 cars to wreck on icy streets and highways. Authorities say that the numerous auto accidents caused the Pennsylvania Turnpike to be shut down for most of the day on Feb. 14. One particularly large crash involved 75 cars and multiple semi-trucks; that pile-up occurred in the eastbound lanes of the turnpike.
A driver has been charged with vehicular homicide and several other serious allegations after he reportedly ran his semi-truck into a driver who was stopped in a toll lane on Interstate 78 on Jan. 13. A 65-year-old man was trapped in the accident debris, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The 55-year-old driver was able to escape the wreckage after the truck accident, and he was transported to a nearby hospital. Also injured in the wreck was a toll worker who ran toward the crash in an attempt to put out flames that had sprung up after the wreck.
A person died in a car accident near Easton on Jan. 13. The collision occurred when a commercial truck caused a motor vehicle crash. That fiery, fatal crash came just hours after a wreck on Route 309 in which another man died. Emergency crews responded quickly to both wrecks, but motorists experienced some delays.
Four Pennsylvania people were injured after a violent car crash caused by a police chase in Philadelphia. Official reports show that the incident occurred on Dec. 21 when officers stopped and attempted to assist a driver who was blocking an intersection. That driver fled the scene, and police gave chase.
Although massive vehicle pile-ups are not common in the state of Pennsylvania, when they do occur, they can have devastating consequences. One recent major car accident left a 35-year-old man dead after about 50 vehicle smashed into each other on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The motor vehicle accident, which occurred around noon on Dec. 8, also caused a vast amount of property damage. The victim in this case was a physician who practiced family medicine in Oakland, Pennsylvania.
Drivers in Pennsylvania are well aware of our thriving Amish community, who can occasionally be seen driving buggies down our state's roadways. Naturally, these buggies drive quite slowly, often on roads that have much higher speed limits. In order to protect motorists and buggy drivers, the buggies are constrained by a number of laws. They must have high visibility reflectors, for example, and the triangular "slow" sign mounted on the back. These measures are intended to ensure that oncoming motorists are able to spot the buggy and maneuver around it, even at night time.
Tractor-trailer drivers often work long hours, spending day after day on the road with little sleep and few breaks. This, however, is no excuse for tired or distracted driving; in fact, strict laws are in place to ensure that truckers remain alert while on the road.
Head-on collisions are among the most devastating of all car accidents, as they can happen with little or no warning and the impact often occurs at the highest possible speed. Often, the results are fatal, especially if the vehicle struck by the wrong-way driver is a motorcycle.
When a person gets onto a bus, one rides with the assumption that one's health and safety will be cared for to a certain extent. Riders trust that bus drivers will obey traffic laws and keep themselves awake and free of intoxicating substances during the journey. After all, the potential for injury in bus accidents is high; it's only reasonable that we should expect a correspondingly high level of care from our nation's bus drivers.
A number of recent movies have glamorized street racing in recent years, making it seem as though it's an exciting and mostly harmless pastime. The Fast and the Furious franchise, for example, revolves almost entirely around street racing, and although the films occasionally show the protagonists running from police officers, they rarely depict a dangerous a motor vehicle crash during an illegal race.