Tractor trailers are potentially dangerous vehicles that cause fatalities when involved in accidents. The fact is that a commercial truck, which may weigh as much as 80,000 lbs is a destructive force on impact. In August, 2016 a young woman who was 23 years died at an accident scene on Pennsylvania's interstate highway. Reports have stated that she hit the guardrail on I-81, lost control of her car, which hit a tractor trailer, resulting in her death. She died at the scene of the accident, while the driver of the tractor trailer walked away with no injuries.
People who survive accidents of this type often end up with injuries causing disabilities, burns or head and often internal injuries. A personal injury lawyer is required for these accidents, for those who have been fortunate to live. Statistics on Accidents have reported a decrease in recent years of tractor trailer accidents, however there are still too many taking place on our highways.
The sheer size of a tractor trailer is prohibitive to other drivers, who may not fully understand that these vehicles need more time and space to maneuver than the average sized vehicle. Turning and braking can be a big issue for the driver, and cars trying to pass while these activities are in action are at risk of being hit.
Of course negligence has to be proven in every accident, particularly when people are killed or injured. Blind spots are problematic in all vehicles, but much more so in a large truck. Drivers could also be under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident. Fatigue and distractions play a major role in long distance driving, and rigs could be overloaded or improperly packed causing imbalances as goods shift, tractor trailers sometimes overturn. All of these factors have to be considered when reporting an accident especially if a claim is going to take place for injuries caused.
In January, 2016 a tractor trailer overturned shortly after leaving the Valley Forge interchange toll plaza entering the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Reports stated the vehicle turned over as it took the curve and landed on the off-ramp. The cab was on one side of the barricade and the trailer on the other side.
Fortunately the driver was not hurt, but badly shaken up. It took two hours to extract him from the cab, and he was taken to a hospital to be checked. Emergency responders, fire fighters and the police were present at the scene for hours and the ramp was blocked in both directions for four hours after the crash as efforts were made to remove the tractor trailer.
The truck was hauling a powdery substance used for making sodas and some foods. There were no fatalities involved in this accident, but the clean up was costly, traffic was backed up for hours, causing delays for many people going about their daily business. This tractor was not hauling a hazardous substance that could cause bodily harm, so the devastation was not as serious as it could have been.