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1 killed in 3-car accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike

Many times when we hear of fatal collisions, one of the causes is excessive speed. But a three-car accident that took place on the Pennsylvania Turnpike recently shows that driving very slowly may be just as deadly.

Although it is still under investigation, two factors apparently came together to cause the fatal car accident. The first was a car in the right lane that was either moving slowly or was perhaps even stopped; the second was connected with the decision, by the driver coming up on that car from behind, to try to swerve around it.

For reasons that were not immediately evident, during his passing attempt the driver of the car coming from behind struck the slow-moving or stopped vehicle, and the force of the impact caused his vehicle to lose control, sending it into a center divide. A third car then crashed into the rear of the slow-moving or stopped vehicle.

In this case, a driver driving slowly on the freeway may have created a situation in which two other vehicles struck hers. However, it is not clear why that driver was stopped or moving slowly. It is not yet evident whether negligence, distracted driving, or any justifiable factors may have played a role in why her car was moving slowly, or why the other two vehicles apparently could not react in time to avoid colliding with it.

But the situation that gave rise to the car accident, and the death and personal injuries that resulted from it, are a pointed reminder that the hazards we may encounter while driving are not always the ones we might expect, and that constant vigilance behind the wheel is always a best practice. If, however, you find yourself the victim of a car accident, it can be beneficial to speak with an attorney to help determine your rights while you deal with the immediate ramifications of the accident.

Source: Fox43 Central Pennsylvania WPMT, "Coroner identifies victim in PA turnpike crash," Taniel Orr, May 1, 2014

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