12/15/2015 // 1-800 Car Wreck Fort Worth // (press release)
A Pennsylvania motorist was recently killed in a multi-vehicle crash in Fort Worth. Reports say the crash involved five vehicles in the southbound lanes of I-35 near Heritage Trace Parkway. A tanker truck reportedly hit the motorist’s vehicle from behind in a construction zone.
Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram Report “Pennsylvania driver killed in multivehicle wreck in north Fort Worth”
“The victim was identified as Mark Boland, 66, of Huntington, Pa. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:35 a.m., according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office… Five vehicles were involved in the wreck in the southbound lanes of I-35W near Heritage Trace Parkway.”
The truck hit the victim’s 2015 Hyundai, which prompted the car to hit a red Kia Sportage, which in turn crashed into a Ford Escape. The Ford in turn collided with an 18-wheeler.
Four other people were injured in the accident and transported to various hospitals.
Source: Star-Telegram Report “Man killed in Fort Worth I-35W wreck identified, 4 injured”
Two other people were taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, one person was transported to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and one was taken to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance, officials said. Two were in critical condition and two were in serious condition, MedStar spokesman Matt Zavadsky said.
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Examining the Legal Complexities of Multi-Vehicle Crashes
Traffic accidents involving several vehicles or, what are more commonly referred to as chain reaction crashes occur with more frequency than some expect. Investigating these types of accidents are often challenging because the actions of multiple drivers must be assessed to determine the full scope of liability. Many people assume that the person whose actions triggered the crash are the only ones that are fully examined; however, according to Fort Worth personal injury lawyer Amy Witherite of the Witherite Law Group, depending on the state one is in, more factors are investigated for civil legal claims.
Says Witherite “for civil claims in Texas each party’s negligence is looked at when considering who bears liability in a chain reaction crash. Therefore even if one person is proven to have initiated the crash, the responses of each driver involved are also determining factors for who is responsible for the damages of whom.”
The Fort Worth lawyer says that this is one reason many who are involved in chain reaction accidents opt to hire an attorney because of the extent to which related investigations must be carried out. The attorney suggests that those who are involved in these types of accidents consider taking the following steps in the immediate aftermath for their protection.
- Don’t flee the scene, call for police help – Remaining at the scene until police and medical personnel arrive to offer assistance is not only a potentially life saving act, it can also help ensure that evidence is preserved for investigating the crash circumstances and ensuring that a driver does not end up being accused of a hit-and-run.
- Seek prompt medical attention – Those involved in a traffic accident should always seek medical attention as soon as possible even if signs of serious injury are not immediately apparent. Says Witherite “it isn’t safe to risk allowing a possible internal injury to go unchecked by not immediately getting medical help.”
- Take pictures – Photos are helpful evidence in the event that one chooses to file an insurance claim, to help illustrate certain facts provided in police reports, and also in case one chooses to take civil legal action later on.
Police had yet to determine why the tanker in the aforementioned accident was not able to avoid the crash at the time of the report. The crash resulted in lane closures for more than three hours as authorities investigated the scene.
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