Lancaster County Traffic Snarled This Morning
This morning was not a good day to be driving along PA Route 30 in Lancaster County – at least, not this morning. In West Hempfield Township, near Sylvan Retreat Rd., the Eastbound lanes were closed due to an injury accident. At least three people were injured, according to police. One person had to be extricated from their wrecked car by fire crews.
Semi Truck Accident Along Route 23
Shortly before the Route 30 crash, there was an accident on Route 23 near East Main St. and Meadow View Dr. in Upper Leacock Township involving a big rig. At least one person was injured in that accident and several vehicles blocked Route 23 periodically. Both these accidents caused a massive backup, causing police to direct traffic at nearby Church St. & College Ave. in Mountville.
Drive Defensively To Be Sure You Arrive Alive
As personal injury lawyers that handle car accident claims and truck accident cases throughout Pennsylvania, we see these situations more than we need to. Too many times, an innocent driver is injured in a car accident simply because they weren’t paying close enough attention to their surroundings. Distracted drivers are the leading ‘critical reason’ for motor vehicle crashes, per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Paying Attention Could Save Your Life
The NHTSA recently released their statistical summary entitled “Critical Reasons for Crashes Investigated in the National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey” which outlines the critical reasoning that led to a car accident – not the cause of the accident, but the decision that determined the outcome of events leading to an accident. In the NHTSA’s report, their definition reads:
The critical reason is the immediate reason for the critical pre-crash event and is often the last failure in the causal chain of events leading up to the crash. Although the critical reason is an important part of the description of events leading up to the crash, it is not intended to be interpreted as the cause of the crash nor as the assignment of the fault to the driver, vehicle, or environment.
Critical reasons for a car accident was assigned to the driver in 94% of all crashes nationwide, followed by vehicle causes (2%), Environmental causes (2%), and unknown reasons (2%). Recognition and decision errors were attributed to 74% of the accidents attributed to drivers – meaning if people were paying closer attention (or made a better decision during the critical moments of the accident), they may have avoided a motor vehicle accident altogether.
Pennsylvania Injury Lawyers Near You
With law offices in Harrisburg, Hanover, York, Carlisle, and Lancaster, our PA injury lawyers are here to help you if you were injured in a car accident anywhere in Pennsylvania. Our law firm also helps anyone in Lebanon PA, Chambersburg, Lewistown, Shippensburg, Waynesboro, and anywhere in Pennsylvania. In fact, if you are injured and cannot come to us, we will visit you at your home or in the hospital to provide you with a free case evaluation about your legal rights to compensation for your injuries.