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Car Accidents Archives

The rise of fatalities caused by distracted driving

Pennsylvania residents may not have heard the recent data about distracted driving in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that the issue is a major problem in the United States and has led to a number of fatalities and injuries as a result. In order to address the issue, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a ban prohibiting commercial vehicle operators from texting while driving. The government has also gotten involved, and many states have enacted laws banning the use of a cellphone while driving.

Pennsylvania crash kills 4 teenagers, injures 2

On Dec. 19, four Pennsylvania teenagers were killed in a car accident when the vehicle they were traveling crossed the centerline into oncoming traffic, causing a collision. The report stated that the teenagers were identified as a 13-year-old female, two 16-year-old males and a 17-year-old male.

The causes of whiplash

Pennsylvania drivers and passengers who have been involved in rear-end collisions are likely to have experienced whiplash, a common injury suffered in these types of crashes. The injury occurs when the neck of an occupant in a stopped car quickly snaps backward and then forward when the stopped car is impacted from the rear by a moving vehicle. Whiplash can also occur when a slower vehicle is struck from behind by a faster one.

Man killed in fiery rear-end crash on Pennsylvania I-81

According to a press release issued by the Pennsylvania State Police, a 49-year-old man was killed when the stationary Chevrolet Tahoe in which he was a passenger burst into flames after being struck from behind on Interstate 81 near exit 20 around 7 p.m. on Sept. 4. The impact was precipitated when a distracted driver hit a stopped car behind the Tahoe. Traffic was at a standstill because of an earlier crash on the roadway.