PENNSYLVANIA DRIVER INJURED WHEN TOWED VAN DETACHES
Aug 6, 2013 - Car Accidents
When Pennsylvania residents think of an accident occurring on the roadway, they often think of two vehicles colliding. Although it is common for car accidents to occur when vehicles directly crash into one another, automobile accidents can result from a variety of circumstances on the road, but are usually due to driver negligence.
Pennsylvania authorities are investigating a recent accident that occurred in the eastern part of the state. The accident happened around 3:35 p.m. on Interstate 81 and involved a car and a van. Preliminary reports indicate that the van was being towed by a school bus. While traveling northbound, the van unhooked from the bus, crossed the median and entered into the southbound lanes of the Interstate. This resulted in the van colliding with an oncoming vehicle going southbound.
When emergency crews responded to the incident, they assessed the scene and those involved. The driver of the car that was struck by the unhooked van suffered minor injuries Police are still investigating the accident. At this time it is not clear how the van got unhooked from the school bus. The driver of the school bus was not cited, but liability and negligence still needs to be determined.
If the driver is found to be negligent for not properly latching the van to the bus, the driver could be liable for the damage from the accident.
No matter how small, negligence on the roadway can create a serious accident. Drivers that fail to stop, reduce their speeds, signal their turns or maintain their vehicle can affect other drivers and passengers on the road. A person adversely affected by a negligent driver should seek advice to determine if they can receive compensation to recover from financial burdens associated with the accident.
Source: Pocono Record, “Van towed by bus detaches in Pa., causes crash,” Aug 05, 2013