When motorists approach the scene of an accident or a vehicle that is disabled, it is the law in Pennsylvania that they move over as much as possible. If they are unable to move to another lane, they are required to slow down to a reasonable speed. This law was put into place in order to prevent accidents from occurring and to help protect the safety of those involved in the accident as well as emergency responders.
A driver who appears to have failed to move over caused a three car accident recently. The three drivers were taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries. Two of them suffered minor injuries, the third sustained injuries that were non-life threatening.
The 57-year-old driver of a flatbed truck had stopped behind an automobile that had broken down on the roadway at around 11 a.m. A pickup truck driven by a 30-year-old man apparently did not slow down or attempt to move over for the disabled vehicle because it crashed into the back of the flatbed truck. The impact set off a domino effect, sending the flatbed truck into the back of the automobile driven by a 57-year-old woman.
This accident could have likely been avoided had the pickup truckâ€™s driver been paying attention and reduced his speed. Instead, the other drivers were put in harmâ€™s way. They may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney to discuss their right to compensation for their pain and suffering, medical expenses and damages done to their vehicles.
Source: The Port Arthur News, â€œ3-vehicle accident halts traffic on Rainbow Bridge,â€ Erinn Callahan, May 20, 2014