According to the police, a man driving a tractor-trailer did not yield to two other stopped tractor-trailers while traveling northbound in the right lane on Interstate 81 in Southampton Township. Authorities said he struck one of the stopped trailers with his vehicle, on Aug. 3 around 12 a.m., and this stopped vehicle crashed into a second trailer ahead of it.
Two trailers had reportedly started on fire by the time crews arrived. The police said the man who did not stop for the other trucks died on the scene. Troopers also said another victim suffered moderate injuries while the other had minor injuries, and paramedics brought both of them to the hospital. A dog riding with the deceased victim suffered severe leg injuries that required amputation, according to authorities. Officials also said they had to close down parts of I-81 for about seven hours.
Wrecks involving multiple tractor-trailers often require careful study of accident investigations before determining who is liable. A personal injury lawyer turns to documents provided by the police, eyewitnesses and cameras. They also might take notes after reviewing accident reconstruction reports, and they will find out if vehicles in question had any defects. Positioning of all vehicles, road conditions and distractions also will be considered.
Once extensive fact analysis is completed, injured persons and surviving love ones can seek legal counsel to help them win a cash settlement. Plaintiffs could receive compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses or funeral costs. They also might receive a financial award to help them cover vehicle repair or replacement as well as for veterinary care if an animal is involved.
Source: Your4State, "Update: Man Dies in Multi-Vehicle I-81 Crash, Dog Escapes", Rose Lee, August 06, 2014