Springfield, PA (May 26, 2023) – A 12-year-old child was killed, and numerous others were injured when four vehicles collided on Interstate 90 on Monday afternoon, according to officers with the Springfield Police Department.
The incident occurred in a construction zone on westbound I-95 at around 2:30 p.m. Police say the crash occurred one mile west of the Girard Avenue off-ramp (Exit 9). Four eastbound vehicles (a van, a sedan, and a flatbed with a trailer) were involved in the collision.
As Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook stated, the incident may have occurred because of a traffic slowdown caused by an earlier accident. The 12-year-old victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The child’s mother was one of five persons carried by helicopter to the hospital.
A major backup of traffic plagued I-90 and other nearby routes for several hours due to the closure of the eastbound lanes of the interstate between West Springfield and the Girard Exit.
The roadway has since reopened, but SPD officers continue to investigate at this time.
Our deepest condolences go out to the deceased child’s family. Our hearts go out to the injured victims and their families in hopes of a full recovery.
Fatal Vehicle Wrecks in Pennsylvania
More than a quarter of all major auto accidents in Pennsylvania are caused by fender benders, defined as when two cars collide from behind. Even though rear-end crashes (also called “fender benders”) are often less severe than head-on collisions, they may inflict significant pain and incapacity in the days after the accident.
The force of a rear-end collision with a tractor-trailer might be sufficient to cause significant damage or even death.
Distracted drivers, who may be talking on the phone, texting, fiddling with the GPS settings, or rummaging in their vehicle’s trunk, are a common cause of these accidents. However, speeding cars, drivers who fail to check their rearview mirrors before pulling out of parking spots or driveways, drivers who follow too closely, drivers who abruptly stop for red lights or stop signs, and drivers who are navigating the roads in inclement weather are the most common causes of rear-end incidents.
If you suffered serious injuries in a rear-end incident that wasn’t your fault, the negligent driver should pay for your rehabilitation and any lost income or medical bills you incurred.
While insurance providers may be willing to cover the cost of necessary medical procedures, they often go to great lengths to avoid covering more costly services like long-term care or disability income replacement. They may help with some of the costs of urgent medical attention, but they generally won’t pay for everything.
Spear Greenfield will be there for you every step of the way as you navigate the legal system and file claims. Call us at (215) 600-0681, and we’ll put you in touch with a Pennsylvania car accident lawyer with experience with cases like yours. Please let us know how we can help you.
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