A four-vehicle crash left a New York woman dead and others injured. The fatal accident happened around 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 15 along Interstate 78 in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
According to police, a silver Toyota carrying five teenage boys pulled out in front of a Mazda carrying the deceased woman along with her husband and two children after changing a flat tire. The Mazda slammed into the back of the Toyota before hitting a Ford Focus being driven by an 18-year-old girl. The Mazda also hit a tractor trailer.
The 51-year-old New York woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband and two children suffered injuries in the accident and were taken to a nearby hospital.
All of the teenagers in the Toyota suffered injuries and were transported to a local hospital. In addition, the 18-year-old driver of the Ford Focus suffered minor injuries and was treated at a nearby hospital.
The fatal car crash caused a stretch of the westbound lanes of the interstate to be closed for more than six hours. Authorities are still investigating the accident.
A car accident like this shows how one driver's error can cause harm to many other motorists. Drivers must remain cautious and attentive to avoid tragic collisions like this one.
As authorities investigate the crash they will likely determine who was at fault. People who are injured in car accidents have legal options to consider. They may wish to file a civil lawsuit against the negligent parties.
The compensation that is awarded from a successful lawsuit will not take away the physical or emotional scars. However, it may help alleviate any financial burdens as well as provide victims and their families with a sense of justice.
Source: The Express-Times, "I-78 accident victim identified as N.Y. woman, according to police," David Foster, Aug. 15, 2012