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March 6, 2015

Recent Auto Accidents in Philadelphia

Recent Auto Accidents in Philadelphia

The roads and highways of Philadelphia are bustling every day with individual drivers commuting to and from work, parents taking their children to school, people riding in buses and taxi cabs, pedestrians, bicyclists, and more. Anytime anyone travels on or near a roadway, they run the risk of accidents and injuries.

Many different types of accidents occur on a daily basis in and around the Philadelphia area, all with the potential to cause severe or even fatal injuries. The following are some common types of motor vehicle crashes that occur in Philadelphia:

  • Head-on collisions
  • Rear-end collisions
  • Side-swipe accidents
  • Broadside (“T-Bone”) collisions
  • Rollover accidents
  • Single-car accidents
  • Multi-car pile ups
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Bus accidents
  • Commercial truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents

The above accidents all have the potential to cause very serious or even fatal injuries to victims, many of which may require extensive medical care. Some of the most common injuries suffered by victims of auto accidents in Philadelphia include the following:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Damage to internal organs
  • Internal bleeding
  • Lacerations
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Burns
  • Amputations
  • Contusions

Philadelphia Car CrashMany of these injuries require extensive medical treatment, including admission to the emergency room and/or hospital stays. The nature and severity of the injuries suffered in car accidents can vary just as widely as the circumstances surrounding a particular injury. The following are some examples of news stories that involved a variety of traffic accidents and injuries that have occurred in Philadelphia so far in 2015.

In the middle of January, icy conditions on the highways of Philadelphia caused numerous accidents around the city. Both Interstates 95 and 76 were closed on both sides in the same day due to collisions that occurred due to “flash-freezing.” One accident happened in the early morning and involved 20 different vehicles that piled up.

Two vehicles were traveling in opposite directions on West Lehigh Avenue after midnight when they crashed head-on [1] for an undisclosed reason. Both drivers were transported to the Temple University Hospital with serious injuries.

A SEPTA bus crashed [2] into a passenger vehicle at the intersection of G Street and Hunting Park Avenue in Juniata Park. Two people involved were taken to Einstein Medical Center for treatment for accident-related injuries.

A woman was walking down the street on the southbound side of Roosevelt Boulevard when a car struck her around 7:00 in the evening. Due to injuries, she was transported to Einstein Medical Center and law enforcement authorities were investigating the cause of the accident.

On Valentine’s Day, a 25 year-old man was operating his vehicle while he was under the influence of alcohol when he slammed his truck 4  into a minivan carrying two teen-aged siblings. The force of the crash caused the minivan to tear open and though they were both wearing seat belts, the siblings were ejected from the minivan. Both siblings died at the scene of the accident, while their parents were admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) at Paoli Hospital with severe injuries.

The day after Valentine’s Day, a fatal crash [5] occurred near to the intersection of West Fisher Avenue and Ogontz Avenue. A man around 50 years of age later died from his accident-related injuries at Einstein Medical Center and another person suffered serious injuries.

A 17 year-old boy was leaving the SEPTA terminal at Olney Avenue and Broad Street in the late afternoon when he slipped and fell in front of the front tire of the bus. The SEPTA bus then proceeded to run him over [6], causing him to fracture his pelvis and leg. He was reported to be in the hospital in critical condition.

A person was driving near the intersection of Langhorne Yardley Road and Bridgetown Pike. Around 11:00 in the morning, drifting snow and icy conditions on the road caused the driver to crash [7] and strike a pole. The driver was transported to the hospital with undisclosed injuries.

Before 9:00 in the evening on February 7th, an intoxicated driver caused an accident [8] that involved four different vehicles. Four people went to the hospital and prosecutors charged the driver with driving under the influence.

A 70 year-old man was walking near the intersection of West Oregon Avenue and 23rd Street around 8:00 p.m. when a 2004 Ford Explorer slammed into him. He was transported to Jefferson Hospital though he died of his injuries later that night. 

The front of a sport utility vehicle (SUV) collided with the side of a fire truck prior to 5:00 in the morning near 69th Avenue and Old York Road. Though the fire truck sustained only minimal damage, the driver of the SUV went to the hospital for treatment for his injuries.

A 44 year-old man was walking near Delaware Avenue when he accidentally stepped in front of a moving SUV. The SUV hit the man, as did four other vehicles. The pedestrian died near the scene of the accident.

After 2:00 on a Friday morning, a driver was believed to have fallen asleep at the wheel when he crashed through the front window of a nearby fire station in Wissinoming, PA. The car collided with a new medic unit vehicle inside the station and the driver was transported to Aria Health/Frankford and received treatment for facial cuts and other minor injuries. He was last reported in stable condition. 

The above accidents are only a few examples of the great number of motor vehicle-related incidents that will occur in Philadelphia this year. In order to avoid injuries, you should always ensure you drive as carefully as possible, avoid distractions while driving, never drive after drinking, always wear a seat belt, use caution in potentially dangerous weather conditions, and similar cautious behaviors. No matter how careful you may, however, the possibility of involvement in a car accident always exists, especially on the busier roads in our city.









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