Is There a Solution to Parking Shortages for Large Trucks in Pennsylvania?

February 4th, 2019 by Rieders Travis in Personal Injury, Truck Accidents

The shortage of parking places for large trucks in Pennsylvania has created dangerous conditions for all motorists. Truck drivers can drive only so far before becoming fatigued and having to stop for necessities such as food, water, gas, bathrooms, and sleep, but the facilities for parking vehicles legally and safely are woefully inadequate. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDot), shortfalls in parking capacity in heavily traveled corridors may exceed triple the amount of available parking spaces.  On the Pennsylvania turnpike alone, there is a deficit of 890 parking spots for trucks, and frustrated truckers wind up leaving their vehicles wherever they can, usually alongside the highways or on ramps.  This creates problems for both truckers and motorists who have to navigate a maze of large vehicles parked where they do not belong.  In addition, trucks pulling back onto the road from unsafe parking can cause crashes. Any crash involving largely trucks is likely to be devastating and result in serious injuries or death. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (https://www.iihs.org/iihs), 3,986 people died in large truck crashes in 2016. If you or a loved one has…

Parking Shortages in Pennsylvania Plague Truckers and Endanger Motorists

November 19th, 2018 by Rieders Travis in Car Accidents, Truck Accidents

Parking Shortages in Pennsylvania Plague Truckers and Endanger Motorists
The shortage of legal parking spots for truckers is endangering everyone driving on Pennsylvania highways. On the Pennsylvania Turnpike alone, there is a deficit of 890 parking spots for trucks; as a result, frustrated truckers have been leaving their vehicles wherever they can find room, usually alongside the highways.  This creates problems for both truckers and motorists who have to navigate a maze of large vehicles parked where they do not belong.  In addition, trucks pulling back onto the road from unsafe parking can easily cause crashes. Since the Pennsylvania Turnpike is a popular route for many commercial drivers, the need to address the parking deficit is crucial for the safety of all drivers. The situation has become so bad that the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is finally attempting to deal with the issue and discussing the need to create more parking areas for trucks. Other interstate roads crisscross Pennsylvania including Route 80, Route 81 and new roads running north and south through Williamsport Pennsylvania.   Some of these roads have little or no areas for parking or even refueling of trucks. Any crash involving largely trucks is likely to be devastating…

A Tragic Multiple-Vehicle Crash on I-80 Claims Two Lives

January 13th, 2017 by Rieders Travis in Truck Accidents

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A catastrophic series of events on Wednesday, January 11, led to two truck driver fatalities on I-80 near the Clinton County/Centre County line. At around 12:45 a.m., a tractor-trailer slid off the right side of the interstate, setting in motion a chain reaction crash involving several tractor-trailer collisions, at least one fire and a 21-hour closure of the road. A 12-mile stretch of I-80 was closed from the time of the crash until 9:15 p.m. Wednesday night. Drivers interviewed by WNEP said that the road was covered in black ice. Interviewees also emphasized that this stretch of highway was notorious for hosting terrible crashes. "This is a bad stretch of highway from Lamar all the way to Snow Shoe,” one truck driver told WNEP. “This time of year, it’s bad. You never know when you are going to hit an ice patch around here.” Those familiar with this part of I-80 will agree with the driver’s assessment. In fact, stretches of road like the one on which this crash occurred are home to some of the deadliest crashes in our state. In 2015, Pennsylvania interstate highways saw 10,544 crashes, resulting…

Sanitation workers suffer personal injury in recent truck crash

July 5th, 2016 by Rieders Travis in Truck Accidents

A recent truck crash in Pennsylvania is responsible for injuring three sanitation workers. This incident reportedly occurred June 28, in Juniata Park. Those injured in this wreck may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses through filing personal injury claims in civil court. It was recently reported that three people were injured when their sanitation truck crashed and rolled onto its side. According to authorities, the driver of the truck swerved to avoid hitting a compact car, ultimately causing the truck to hit a pole, a mailbox and a fence before coming to a stop. The driver -- a 58-year-old -- and one of the passengers -- a 55-year-old -- suffered unspecified injuries and were transported to an area hospital in stable condition. Another passenger in the truck -- a 39-year-old -- suffered serious injuries, including forearm and rib fractures and was also transported to a medical center for care. Their current conditions are unknown. Few other details regarding this incident have been reported. Police have not indicated who is considered to have been at fault for this accident. It is unknown if any charges are pending in regard…

Sleep apnea a problem among drivers of commercial vehicles

May 31st, 2016 by Rieders Travis in Truck Accidents

There are numerous medical conditions that can affect one's ability to safely perform the functions of his or her job. For the drivers of commercial vehicles in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, these medical conditions must be treated in order for them to maintain their driving privileges. Sleep apnea is one medical issue that affects quite a few drivers and is known to lead to accidents if not properly treated. While there are different forms of sleep apnea, they all have the same effects on the body. Sleep apnea is a condition in which a person struggles to or stops breathing during sleep. This causes that individual to wake up, interrupting the sleep cycle. The combination of low oxygen levels and a broken sleep cycle can cause extreme fatigue and various other health problems. It is believed that 28 percent of all commercial truck drivers suffer from some form of sleep apnea. It is a condition that can be easily treated with the use of a medical device known as CPAP, or with a surgical procedure or dental device. Unfortunately, not all sleep apnea sufferers adjust well to treatment. When the drivers…

Accidents with commercial vehicles and spinal cord injuries

May 13th, 2016 by Rieders Travis in Truck Accidents

Spinal cord injuries are pretty common following auto accidents. However, they are most frequently seen in accidents involving commercial vehicles. Pennsylvania residents who have been involved in such incidents may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses. Sadly, accidents involving commercial vehicles are fairly common. Big rigs are often seen on Pennsylvania roads, and the drivers of these trucks do not always make the best decisions when behind the wheel. Due to the sheer size and weight of most commercial vehicles, it is understandable that when an accident occurs, those in passenger vehicles are likely to experience severe, if not fatal, injuries. Spinal cord injuries (SCI) can be life-altering. Such injuries generally lead to serious pain or paralysis -- both of which may be permanent. The location and severity of the injury will largely determine how much damage has been done. In the most severe cases, complete or partial paralysis is highly likely. While medical treatments are available to help with the recovery and rehabilitation of spinal cord injuries, the simple truth is the lives of those who have suffered such injuries will never again be the same. Victims…

Truck accidents caused by illegal turns an issue in Pennsylvania

February 21st, 2016 by Rieders Travis in Truck Accidents

Unfortunately, many residents of Pennsylvania have been involved in collisions with semis while the trucks are turning. Truck drivers are supposed to follow very specific turning rules, but many fail at this and make illegal turns, causing accidents. When a truck accident like this happens, it is normal for a victim to question whether negligence played a part in the crash How could these turning accidents be avoided? Of course, drivers of passenger vehicles do need to do their due diligence and give truck drivers room for turns. However, truck drivers must also follow the rules established for left and right-hand turns, which can be found in the Commercial Driver's License Handbook and several other sources on the Internet. Semis require quite a bit of space to clear turns. Most, if not all of these vehicles have signs posted warning others that they take wide turns. When making a right turn, the front end of a semi may need to swing wide into the middle of the intersection first, in order to successfully turn; however, the trailer is supposed to remain in the right lane, close to the curb, in…

Woman injured in tractor-trailer accident may seek compensation

January 11th, 2016 by Rieders Travis in Truck Accidents

A Pennsylvania woman was injured in an accident with a tractor trailer on Jan. 7 in East Allen Township. From the initial report, it appears that the truck driver attempted a left-hand turn in front of the victim's vehicle, resulting in the wreck. If negligence can be established against the truck driver, the victim may be able to seek compensation in civil court. According to Pennsylvania State Police, the victim -- a 31-year-old woman -- was driving northbound on Route 512, when her vehicle collided with a big rig. The semi was turning into the southbound lane from a business establishment when this incident occurred. The victim's SUV became lodge underneath the truck, requiring a rescue team to extricate her from the vehicle. She was then transported to a hospital with serious injuries. The truck driver -- a 41-year-old male -- did not suffer any injuries in the wreck. Police were on scene for several hours working to investigate and clear the street. At this time, authorities have not indicated if any charges are pending in this case. When involved in an accident with a tractor trailer, the damages suffered…

Drivers of commercial vehicles must pass medical requirements

December 21st, 2015 by Rieders Travis in Truck Accidents

Those in Pennsylvania or elsewhere who wish to drive commercial vehicles must adhere to some very strict federal safety regulations. One such regulation has to do with the health of the driver. Commercial vehicles are larger than standard automobiles; if they are involved in accidents, the outcomes can be quite severe. Unfortunately, accidents due to medical issues do happen, but by requiring drivers to pass physical examinations, many such incidents can be avoided. According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), commercial drivers are supposed to have medical examinations performed approximately every 24 months. Of course, depending on the health of the driver, this is something that may be required more frequently. In order for these individuals to operate their work vehicles, though, they must have a valid medical examiners certificate on file. There are a number of medical professionals who may perform DOT physical exams. These include medical doctors, physicians assistants and nurse practitioners -- among others. However, only select individuals have been approved to perform DOT exams, so a driver may not be able to go to his regular family to have this completed. Unfortunately, medical issues may be…

Commercial vehicles and weight restriction changes

November 17th, 2015 by Rieders Travis in Truck Accidents

Numerous Pennsylvania residents have either seen or been affected by truck accidents. Commercial vehicles are found everywhere, at all hours of the day. While they may be necessary for hauling purposes, these trucks are also a public safety concern. In order to help reduce the number and severity of trucking accidents, federal regulations have been placed on the trucking industry. However, there is currently discussion about changing restrictions regarding weight limits. As it stands, commercial vehicles are only allowed to carry a specific amount of weight, depending on the size of the truck. These limits were put in place as a safety measure, as trucks that are overloaded can be more difficult to control and stop. The U.S. Department of Transportation recently concluded that an increase in weight limits may not be the best idea. A study was conducted over a two-plus year period in order to determine the impact of weight increases, but the results were apparently inconclusive. Not enough data was collected regarding the sizes and weights of commercial vehicles that were involved in accidents. This information is being sent to Congress for review. Increasing weight restrictions may be good for some purposes…