At least two people were injured in a Pennsylvania car accident, which officials say, was caused by a stop sign violation. According to a news report in the Perkiomen Valley Patch, the injury collision occurred the afternoon of January 16, 2012 at the intersection of Township Line and Church roads in Skippack Township. Pennsylvania State Police say the driver of a truck, identified as Walter Smith of Norristown, ran the posted stop sign at the intersection and collided with a black Kia Sorrento driven by Anunzia Luberto, 20.
The truck then hit the front end of another Kia driven by Charles Anders of Towamencin. Luberto was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Smith and Anders were uninjured. Local residents say the intersection, which currently has a two-way stop, is in need of a four-way stop. They say the intersection is dangerous and has been the site of several accidents.
My heart goes out to the injured victim of this car accident. I wish Luberto the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. She will be in my prayers.
Stop Sign Violation
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the truck ran a stop sign at the intersection and caused this three-vehicle crash. According to Pennsylvania Vehicle Code Chapter 33, Section 3323 (b): “Except when directed to proceed by a police officer or appropriately attired persons authorized to direct, control or regulate traffic, every driver of a vehicle approaching a stop sign shall stop at a clearly marked stop line or, if no stop line is present, before entering a crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if no crosswalk is present, then at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a clear view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway before entering.”
In this particular case, if it is determined that Smith ran the stop sign, then, he can be held liable for Luberto’s injuries. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. If a dangerous intersection caused or contributed to the incident, then, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable. An experienced Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer will advise injured victims in such cases about their legal rights and options.
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