A crash a few miles south of the New York border in Pennsylvania on Dec. 21 left five people in the hospital after a driver smashed into a buggy while attempting to pass another motorist. All the occupants of the buggy were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. The motorist being passed ran off the road attempting to avoid the collision. The driver of the vehicle involved in the accident was given a ticket for driving on the wrong side of the road.
During the collision, the SUV flipped over, and the buggy was also overturned by the impact. The driver of the SUV suffered only minor injuries including abrasions and declined medical treatment at the scene. Preliminary reports do not indicate the driver was intoxicated or otherwise impaired at the time of the crash.
Car accidents caused by distracted or careless drivers are a primary cause of motorist injury and death on American roadways. The overwhelming majority of these accidents are preventable according to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, with distracted driving and speeding responsible for 39 percent of all car accidents annually at a societal cost of $339 billion.
The costs of these auto accidents include upfront damages such as costs of auto repair and immediate cost of medical treatment or funeral expenses. They also take into account legal fees, awards for compensation for long-term injury, pain and suffering, time off work and court costs as well as costs to insurance companies. Additional compensation may be appropriate depending on the type and severity of injuries, prognosis for recovery and loss of property associated with an accident.
Source: www.NHTSA.gov, "New NHTSA Study Shows Motor Vehicle Crashes Have $871 Billion Economic and Societal Impact on U.S. Citizens," Karen Aldana, May 18, 2014
Source: Lancaster Online , "5 hospitalized in Amish buggy, SUV head-on crash", December 23, 2014