The operator of a white Toyota sedan involved in a crash along Interstate 78 was being sought by the Pennsylvania State Police after he reportedly fled the scene. The incident occurred in Lower Saucon Township around 8:15 p.m. on Sunday, April 12. The driver of the sedan was attempting move from the right lane to the left lane at the same time that a tractor-trailer was trying to pass it along the expressway. Police said that the Toyota struck the tractor-trailer along the passenger side. The operator of the rig was unable to maintain control of the vehicle, going off the road and striking the high-tension center media and around 50 feet of guardrail.
The driver of the truck was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital by EMS personnel from the Dewey Fire Company. The tractor-trailer sustained damage to its diesel tank and rear tires during the collision with the guardrail and the median. According to the report, the car had New York plates and sustained damage along the driver's side.
A situation like this can lead to a number of legal concerns for an injured plaintiff. Car accidents involving drivers who flee the scene sometimes lead to cases where injured persons must seek a settlement through their own insurance providers. This often gives rise to a prolonged legal process, and an injured party may benefit from the support of an attorney.
It's important to demonstrate that all reasonable means available to track down the responsible party have been exhausted. A lawyer will wish to assemble police reports detailing the incident and the flight of the driver who caused the crash. Once these concerns have been addressed, the process of settling the claim should be able to move forward.
Source: Lehigh Valley Live, "White Toyota sedan causes Interstate 78 crash in Lower Saucon, flees, police say," Tony Rhodin, April 13, 2015