After a recent pileup on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, five people are dead and around 60 more are dealing with a range of serious injuries. The accident included a charter bus, semitrailers and smaller passenger vehicles. Because of the complex nature of this accident, authorities are still investigating to determine exactly what happened.
The accident occurred when a bus driver lost control coming over a hill while on a downhill grade. The bus was not able to get around a corner and eventually ended up on an embankment, where it rolled over. Two semitrailers crashed into the wrecked bus, unable to avoid the collision. This set up a chain reaction of crashes with other vehicles, including one more semitrailer and a car. Five people died at the scene of the accident.
Representatives of the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the accident to determine what factors played a role in this tragic event. They will look at everything, including a possible change in weather conditions, road design, driver choices and more. It is possible the investigation will determine that negligence or recklessness on the part of one or more parties is to blame for what happened.
Victims of this accident may have grounds to pursue compensation through a personal injury claim, or a wrongful death action on behalf of a deceased victim. Pennsylvania law allows individuals to pursue full financial accountability from parties deemed responsible through the civil justice system. An assessment of the case can help a person see what legal options may be available. While financial restitution cannot undo what already occurred, it can help to recoup monetary losses incurred due to the negligence of another.