Spring in eastern Pennsylvania has many tangible signs, including the song of birds, green grass and fields and the fall of rain. One of the least welcome of such signs is the increasing proliferation of farm machinery on local roads as farmers begin to plan their crops. Farm machinery may be designed to work well on rough, soft ground, but they do not travel as fast as general traffic on county roads. A recent car accident in Marion Township provides an unwelcome demonstration of this phenomenon.
A farm tractor pulling a corn planter was traveling Easton Conrad Weiser Parkway (Route 422). The corn planter displayed a "slow moving" emblem and was flashing its hazard lights. Nevertheless, it was struck from behind by an SUV. The driver of the SUV was pulled from the wreck by firefighters and was taken by ambulance to Reading Hospital. His injuries were unspecified, but hospital personnel said he was in good condition. The driver of the tractor was not injured and was able drive his tractor away from the scene.
Untangling the cause of the accident may take some time. No witnesses have been located, and no one may have seen the accident. A second issue will be why the SUV did not stop. Did its brakes fail, or was the driver going too fast? Finally, police will undoubtedly want to know if alcohol was a factor.
Anyone who has suffered an injury or lost a loved one in an accident where the cause is uncertain should talk to one of the skilled accident attorneys at Leisawitz Heller in Reading. The firm's lawyers are experienced in using detailed forensic evidence to reconstruct the exact sequence of events that led to the accident. A consultation with a Leisawitz Heller attorney can provide a useful evaluation of the facts and law that will govern the case and an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages for medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering.
Source: Reading Eagle, "Womelsdorf man injured in Rt. 422 accident," April 22, 2017