Dr. Mehmet Oz – popular host of the hit talk show The Dr. Oz Show – has once again assumed the role of Good Samaritan. Reports have been confirmed that the University of Pennsylvania graduate came to the aid of a Lower Southampton car accident victim on Saturday, November 16.
According to Philly.com, Oz witnessed a two-vehicle accident at Philmont Avenue and Street Road while en route to his in-laws’ home. Oz said he was a few cars behind a vehicle making a left-hand turn when he witnessed another vehicle collide “head-on” with the turning car. Oz said of the crash site: “It’s a very dangerous intersection.”
The celebrity doctor sprang from his vehicle and rushed to the aid of a female victim, helping to free her from one of the wrecked cars. He said he saw oil dripping and steam coming from the vehicle, placing the woman in additional danger. The car eventually rolled backward down a hill, struck another car and crashed into a deep ravine.
This is not the first time Oz has come to the aid of a car accident victim. According to USA Today, he also helped an injured pedestrian in New York City in August 2013.
For his part, Oz credits a number of other witnesses and passersby for their roles in helping the victims of the November 16 crash in Lower Southampton. There are no additional details on the status of those involved in the accident.
Traffic Safety: A Continuing Public Safety Concern in Pennsylvania
Car accidents, like the one detailed above, are a frequent concern in Pennsylvania. In 2010, there were more than 120,000 accidents in the state, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (DOT). More than 87,000 people suffered injuries in those crashes and 1,324 died.
Bucks County, the site of the November 16 crash, is no stranger to automotive accidents. The DOT reports the county is one of the top ten in the state in terms of annual accidents.
According to DOT data, Bucks County experienced:
- 5 percent of all accidents in the state (with 6,094 total crashes);
- 4.8 percent of all injury collisions (with 2,979 incidents); and
- 3.6 percent of all fatal crashes in the state (with 43 deaths).
Also of note: According to the DOT’s data, 38.2 percent of all accidents in the state in 2010 occurred at intersections, as with what happened in the November 16 accident.
Justice After an Injury Accident
Determining fault and liability can be a challenge in accidents such as the one outlined above. While news reports didn’t reveal too many details about the cause of this particular accident, traffic accidents in general can present numerous questions.
It may be difficult to pinpoint the cause – Was it driver negligence? Poor roadway design? Insufficient road maintenance? – A lawyer may spearhead an investigation to identify all negligent parties and hold them financially accountable in the event of a serious injury.
The accident lawyers at Cordisco & Saile in Pennsylvania are available to help after a serious car accident. Learn more by ordering our free injury guide today. For more specific information about your own accident, schedule a free case consultation by calling 215-642-2335.