Rear end collisions are one of the most common types of accidents, and this type of impact can do serious damage to both the vehicles, the drivers, and the passengers inside. Rear end collisions typically occur at intersections or in heavy traffic where one car is stopped or slowed and another comes up behind it and is unable to stop in time. In most cases, the driver of the trailing car is at fault.
Such appears to be the case in a three truck collision which occurred just north of Morgantown, WV in Washington, PA, when a tanker truck carrying diesel for a local oil company rear-ended two trucks carrying fracking wastewater. The driver of the truck that caused the collision sustained a head injury and was life-flighted to a nearby hospital.
The fracking water tankers, driven by workers for Highland Environmental LLC, were stopped at a red light when the third tanker hit them from behind causing a hazmat situation, according to state police in Washington, Pa.
Fracking water and diesel fuel both spilled onto the road, but at this point only the fuel, possibly as much as 1,300 gallons, and not the frack, or produced, water has been confirmed to have gone into the creek.
A team from the Pennsylvania DEP has responded and is working in the creek. They placed booms in the creek to soak up the oil and were performing tests for high chlorides and radioactivity. They said they would also perform an oil analysis. Officials say there’s no threat to drinking water, but there is soil and stream contamination.
West Virginia Trucking Accident Attorney
In any motor vehicle accident, whether the at-fault driver is speeding, driving while distracted, drunk driving or otherwise negligent, it is important that the injured party protect his or her rights.
In a rear end collision, there is typically clearer evidence of fault than in other car accidents. However, while fault may be easy to prove, the injuries resulting from a rear end collision may not. And insurance companies are reluctant to pay accident victims.
For this reason, it is important to have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side if you have been injured in a rear end accident. At Robinette Legal Group, our practice is focused on personal injury law. We have the experience, skill and resources to help you pursue maximum compensation for the losses you have suffered.
Have you or a loved one been injured in a car accident? Contact us to speak with an experienced Morgantown rear end accident lawyer. Questions? Call today: 1-304-594-1800 or after hours, 1-304-216-6695.
WTEA News: “3 tanker trucks crash in Canton Township, spilling fracking water, diesel fuel” by Jackie Shafer, April 21, 2014