Beaver Falls, PA — September 8, 2017, a driver was seriously injured due to an accident where their vehicle crashed into a trailer on Route 18.

Officials from the Pennsylvania State Police reported that the incident happened at around 4:15 a.m. at the intersection of Route 18 and Highway 551.

Their initial investigations indicated that an SUV was traveling along the highway. At the intersection, a tractor trailer from Valley Waste was attempted to turn. Police say the SUV crashed into the side of the trailer and became wedged underneath.

The driver of the SUV, whose identity wasn’t released, was transported to a local hospital via helicopter. Their injuries weren’t specified.

It’s unclear who had the right of way at the time. No further details have been released.

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Commentary

It concerns that nearly a week after this accident there still aren’t any details about what happened. Considering the driver had to be airlifted from the scene, it sounds like a serious accident which deserves more attention than a short news blurb. Now, perhaps police have done a thorough investigation and are simply withholding details, but over the years I’ve seen countless accidents where the lack of details in the news was a direct reflection of what police had uncovered.

I’ve talked at length in the past about just how complex commercial vehicle accidents are. Not only are the scenes often chaotic, and not only do the possible factors require an experienced professional and particular equipment, but those affected by the accident might be up against a trucking company that is making their best efforts to avoid fault for the crash. I’ve successfully litigated hundreds of truck accidents, and in almost all of them, the trucking company’s investigation team was on the scene mere moments after the crash.

I’m not necessarily saying this is the case with this particular accident, but if police don’t have all the details and the trucking company is only out to ensure they don’t take responsibility, who’s there to tell the victim’s side of the story? This is why I so frequently stress the importance of victims and their families having their own private investigator look into the accident. Taking action as soon as possible will help ensure that crucial evidence is not lost to time or otherwise altered so that those affected by a truck accident are fairly represented by the facts. The full story can be brought to light, but it requires victims and their families to take matters into their own hands.

–Grossman Law Offices

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