No one plans to get into a serious motor vehicle collision. Although everyone knows there is risk of both injury and potentially death when you drive or ride in a fast-moving vehicle, it is necessary for most people in Pennsylvania with jobs, children or medical needs. Many people do their best to avoid risk factors, including drugs, alcohol and distraction while driving. However, the fatality rate is on the rise anyway.
In our last post, we talked about the seemingly infinite amount of risks out on the road. Anyone who is out on a street or highway -- may it be a pedestrian, a bicyclist, a motor vehicle driver, or otherwise -- needs to be aware of their surroundings and proceed with caution.
One of the most frightening aspects about traveling is that there are so many unknowns when it comes to safety and your upcoming trip. Will you get into a car accident? If you take the bus, will the bus driver operate the vehicle safely? If you use a ride-sharing service like Uber or Lyft, will the driver be safe? If you take a train or taxi, what happens in case of an accident?
A horrible accident claimed the life of a 21-year-old man in Indiana County, Pennsylvania, an area some 70 miles to the east of Pittsburgh. The accident happened last Friday morning, when the 21-year-old was traveling in the westbound lanes of SR-56. Suddenly, a large truck hauling coal and traveling eastbound went around a bend in the road and strayed into the westbound lanes. The truck collided head on with the 21-year-old's car, killing him.