17 Car pileup on Interstate 80 leaves 2 dead, injures 30

A horrific 17-car pileup on Interstate 80 this afternoon in Clarion County left two people dead and injured at least thirty more. It has been reported that the visibility was nearly zero after back-to-back white out snow squalls from Lake Effect snow. Car accidents like this must be thoroughly investigated so that all parties involved are evaluated for their

The accident involved eight tractor trailers and nine cars. It was reported that one of the big rigs involved was carrying hazardous materials, but no spills were reported. The accident happened near mile marker 65 in Strattanville, Clarion County around 1:30 Wednesday afternoon and shut down Interstate 80 for several hours.

Both people killed had actually exited their vehicles. The first was one of the truck drivers involved in the accident who got out of the cabin of his truck to help others who were involved in the accident. The second victim was a father whose children were thrown was his vehicle. Although not seriously injured, the father got out of his car to assist them and was then hit by another vehicle and killed. This is a grim reminder that when multiple vehicle pile-ups occur, it is best not to make any sudden decisions and to survey the area around you before exiting your vehicle and assisting anyone else.

If you have been involved in a complex accident such as this, it is imperative that you and your loved ones been select a lawyer with the proper experience and resources to handle your case if you have been injured. Accidents that involve commercial vehicles must be investigated and handled with special care. At Gismondi & Associates, our attorneys have handled many of these complex Interstate 80 accident cases.

Attorney Jason Matzus is a member of The Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, a national association of committed lawyers who have joined together to help eliminate unsafe and illegal interstate trucking practices. In the United States, there are approximately 110,000 people killed and injured each year along our highways by commercial tractor trailers and about 25% of trucks on the road today would be considered mechanically deficient and therefore unfit to be driven on roadways.

If you have been injured in an accident caused by a commercial tractor trailer, call the car and truck accidents attorney at Gismondi & Associates today for a free consultation at 888-529-1255.

Source: WPXI.com, “Massive highway pileup outside Pittsburgh kills 2, injures dozens”  http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/police-least-2-dead-17-vehicle-highway-pileup/njh3G/