According to a 2016 study, the Philadelphia area is among the most common sites for traffic accidents in the state of Pennsylvania. The city sees thousands of motor vehicle accidents on an annual basis, with an average of nearly 100 accidents per year being classified as fatal. Among Philadelphia area car accidents, those involving passenger vehicles and tractor-trailer trucks are especially common. One important fact worth realizing when it comes to these tragic accidents, however, is that the majority of them could and should have been prevented.
What Causes Car and Truck Accidents?
There are many factors that can lead to a motor vehicle accident, but in recent years, there has been an increasing trend in the number of collisions caused by distracted driving. Operators of smaller passenger vehicles and tractor-trailer trucks are both to blame. Despite the fact that operating one's cell phone while driving is illegal in the state of Pennsylvania and many trucking companies have strict policies against using such technology while driving, many drivers these days become easily distracted by cell phones while behind the wheel. Of course, cell phones are not the only cause of motor vehicle accidents involving both passenger vehicles and larger trucks.
Passenger Vehicle Operators
Operators of passenger vehicles are not always at fault for an accident between a car and a truck. However, when this is the case, it tends to be due to any number of circumstances. In many cases, such drivers simply do not follow general safe-driving techniques when sharing the road with large trucks. Such unsafe behavior may include following behind a truck too closely, driving between two large trucks, driving in a truck driver's blind spot, and failure to check one's mirrors prior to merging or changing lanes in the vicinity of a truck.
Those who operate large tractor-trailer trucks are extensively trained and must be licensed in order to legally operate such a large and potentially dangerous vehicle. Still, these vehicle operators still make mistakes and these mistakes can lead to serious accidents, injuries, and even fatalities. One of the most common causes of accidents resulting in truck driver error is that of inadequate training. A new driver may not yet feel completely confident behind the wheel and may not have the experience or training required to correctly react to certain situations on the road or particular driving conditions. Furthermore, since many truck companies these days pay per mile, truck drivers often find themselves in a rush to get from point A to point B. As a result, they may fail to follow all safety protocols while behind the wheel. Often times, this results in truck drivers operating their vehicles well over the posted speed limits, which can easily cause an accident.
The Bottom Line
Overall, there are a number of situations that can lead to an accident involving a car, truck or both. In such situations, it is important for all drivers and passengers involved to seek any necessary medical attention. It may also be wise for those involved in the accident to bring the matter to court as a way of receiving compensation for medical bills, lost wages, property damage, or pain and suffering that may have resulted from the accident.