An accident involving two carloads of teenagers on Highway 95 caused all Northbound traffic to be stopped for over four hours on Saturday, September 12. The accident claimed the lives of five members of the high school football team and four members of the flag drill team. The group was traveling in a makeshift automobile convoy to Philadelphia to attend a music event near Penn's Landing on the Delaware River.
Witnesses in another vehicle of the group but not involved in the accident stated that the cars carrying the teenagers were playing "rocking chair", wherein each car takes a turn passing the others to assume the middle space, or rocking chair, position. The teens were of the opinion that driving in that sheltered position gave them less air resistance and thereby used less gas. The witnesses agreed that at one point of the last such position switch, the passing vehicle clipped the left rear of the smaller car it was passing, sending both cars into a fatal spin and ultimate roll over. The third automobile narrowly avoided being involved in the tragic collision as the crash scattered debris across the highway and median.
Pennsylvania Highway Patrol officials stated identifications will be difficult and no names will be released until all next of kin of the deceased are notified. The students in both wrecked automobiles were good friends and three were cousins. All were celebrating a football win by a private trip to the concert at Penns Landing. The witnesses in the third vehicle which did not crash were also good friends and classmates.
The spokesperson for the highway patrol stated that it was too soon to make a definitive announcement but it appeared that no alcohol nor drugs were involved in the accident. "What we have here appears to be the boisterous recklessness of youth," he stated. "Charges are pending the full investigation, and if alcohol or drug consumption is discovered, they will be added to the vehicular homicide charges."
Vehicular accidents have been increasing despite introduction of new state traffic laws intent to lower the numbers. The increase in accidents accelerates the incidents of serious injury and deaths as a matter of course. The most dangerous time of the year to drive in Pennsylvania is not the January blizzard weather, but August, and Saturday the most dangerous day, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Car accidents kill more than 40,000 people in the U.S. each and every year. Vehicle accidents rank as the No. 1 cause of death between the ages of 1 and 34.
The difference between August and January road fatalities are nearly 1,000 each year. Why the huge fatality difference? More than one reason causes this variance, including haste, distractions, and outright careless and reckless behavior behind the wheel.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident resulting in death or serious injury, your costs will most likely increase and your losses grow as treatment evolves. You deserve protection and most of all you deserve to obtain maximum compensation for your losses due to the tragedy. Contact our law firm for a free consultation to discuss your situation now.