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Swarthmore, PA – Multiple-Driver Wreck, Injuries Occur on I-476 at Baltimore Pike

Swarthmore, PA - Multiple-Driver Wreck, Injuries Occur on I-476 at Baltimore Pike
August 27, 2022

Swarthmore, PA (August 27, 2022) – Around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday evening, Swarthmore Fire Department crews and Wallingford authorities were dispatched to a reported motor vehicle accident in the greater Philadelphia region.

After the incident, officials say they had to block the northbound lanes of I-476 at Baltimore Pike for many hours. One vehicle went off the road as a result of the incident, and both vehicles were severely damaged and needed to be removed from the site.

Initial reports also indicate that two of the wounded required medical attention and transportation to a hospital. One person was reportedly trapped in one of the vehicles until rescuers used a spreader and cutting tools to extricate them.

Investigations into the crash are ongoing, so it’s not apparent whether any of the drivers involved will face charges or any citations.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

Major Automobile Accidents in Pennsylvania

Researchers and traffic statisticians found that in 2014, rear-end collisions were the second most common kind of accident involving two vehicles in Pennsylvania. It goes without saying that all Pennsylvania drivers must take extra precautions since the Commonwealth sees over 20,000 accidents yearly.

Most of the time, the driver at blame is the one who rear-ends the other vehicle. Also, the majority of Pennsylvania’s rear-end collisions involve a vehicle that has stopped at a signal or stop sign. There are instances when it’s very clear who’s at blame. Keep in mind that it’s not always easy to figure out who was at fault in a rear-end collision.

Most people don’t worry much about a few dings and scratches after a rear-end collision. However, these sorts of crashes may be just as lethal as head-on ones. The potential for serious harm exists even in seemingly modest rear-end collisions.

To a large extent, the severity of injuries sustained in a rear-end accident is decided by the rate of speed at which the other automobile collides with yours. Most rear-end crashes are caused by a motorist abruptly stopping, leading the vehicle behind them to ram into them. Your automobile gains the momentum of the incoming vehicle and surges ahead. The seatbelt quickly tugs the body backward and inhibits any further forward movement. When traveling at high speeds, it is possible to collide with the seat and headrest, causing catastrophic consequences that may not manifest as typical injuries for hours or days after the collision.

However, if significant injuries sustained in a rear-end accident were not your fault, the liable party should pay for your medical care and lost wages.

In the case of your disability as a result of an auto accident, your insurance company may cover the cost of emergency medical treatment but may make every effort to avoid covering the cost of long-term care or compensation for lost income and lost earning potential.

In contrast, at Spear Greenfield, our lawyers will be at your side every step of the way while you deal with the legal system and file claims. If you’ve been in a vehicle accident in Pennsylvania, call us at (215) 600-0681, and we’ll connect you with a lawyer who is experienced and knowledgeable in Commonwealth law, giving you the greatest opportunity for a positive outcome for your claim or case.

Note: Our team of writers uses secondary sources to produce this post, including local and state media and news sources, local and state police incident reports, social media platforms as well as eyewitness accounts about serious accidents that take place in Pennsylvania. For that reason, if you find any information that is not correct, please contact Spear Greenfield Personal Injury Attorneys as soon as possible so that we can update the post with the most accurate information available. A post will be removed upon request. 

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