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July 23rd, 2019 by Rieders Travis in Truck Accidents

What the “Truck Driver Shortage” in PA Says About the Trucking Industry

The trucking industry is hurting, causing problems for all motorists. There is a shortage of truck drivers across the country; and while it might seem that fewer trucks on the road should lead to fewer accidents, the result is the opposite.  In Pennsylvania, as well as other states, the high demand for truckers means that drivers who are less experienced and less qualified are being hired, which can lead to an increased number of crashes.

Truck drivers and the motor carriers that hire them have a responsibility to follow the rules to keep our highways safe.  They must drive carefully and avoid problems caused by driver fatigue, driver failure due to health issues, alcohol and drugs, and vehicle failure due to improperly maintained or neglected maintenance. However, the shortage of truck drivers means some new employees are not as well trained or vigilant.

This situation makes our highways more dangerous, as any crash involving large trucks is likely to be devastating and result in serious injuries or death. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 3,986 people died in large truck crashes in 2016.

If you or a loved one has suffered injury or someone has died in a truck crash, you may be entitled to compensation for medical and rehabilitative expenses, past and future lost wages, permanent disability and loss of life’s enjoyment. Multiple parties may be liable, including a negligent truck driver and the company where the driver is employed.

However, due to the complexity and issues involving Pennsylvania personal injury law, your case must be handled correctly by an attorney experienced in truck crashes, or you may never collect the compensation you are entitled to. 

Clifford A. Rieders of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann knows the courts and the system and what you need to do to win a good settlement. Our skilled and experienced Pennsylvania truck crash attorneys have represented any number individuals who have been injured or killed in vehicle accidents in Pennsylvania.

We offer a free consultation to discuss the facts of your situation, so contact us at our office or online today.

Why a Shortage of Truckers?

Unemployment is at a record low in America. According to Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association president and CEO Kevin Stewart, the trucking industry is short about 50,000 drivers.

As a result, trucking companies are competing for good employees, but they are hard to find.  When motor carriers cannot find experienced drivers, they are under pressure to hire drivers they ordinarily would not consider.

Companies desperate for drivers may …

  • Retain drivers who are unfit, aging or have poor records
  • Increase working hours
  • Lower qualification standards when hiring
  • Bend rules about hours-of-service, record keeping or truck maintenance.Many companies are offering more money and benefits to attract employees. However, people are still reluctant to become truck drivers due in part to the strict federal regulations that have come into effect. These regulations limit the number of hours truck drivers can be on the road and require commercial long-distance drivers to install electronic tracking devices (ELDs) in their vehicles to document everything they do.

While the ELDs are supposed to make roads safer by keeping long distance drivers from driving while fatigued, truckers feel that the rules actually make their driving situation worse, lower their productivity, make it more difficult to find places to sleep and park, and even encourage speeding and reckless driving that may increase the chances of a crash.

In addition, some trucking companies put more pressure on their existing truck drivers, often violating restrictions. Drivers may be pressured into turning off their ELDs to stay on the road longer. Companies may hire inexperienced drivers or those with prior traffic citations and convictions, and even overlook issues such as using alcohol or drugs while on the road.

Contact an Attorney at Our Firm

If you or a loved one has been injured or someone has died in a truck crash, you should get immediate legal assistance to protect your rights at every stage of your liability claim. Often, both the at-fault truck driver and the trucking company can be held liable for a truck accident.

The skilled and experienced Pennsylvania truck accident attorney Clifford A. Rieders of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann has spent decades sharpening his skills and successfully representing Pennsylvania families who have suffered an injury or loss due to someone else’s negligence. Our attorneys offer personal attention and loyalty to every client, aggressively fighting for their right to compensation. Whether in settlement negotiations or pursuing a favorable trial verdict, we are thoroughly prepared and committed to achieving a just outcome.  With our competent staff, we offer strength in numbers while providing top-notch personal service.

Cliff Rieders is a Past President of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, formerly Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association.  Rieders has won numerous awards and recognition from the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, and he received the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority recognition award.  Cliff Rieders was a founder of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority and served on same for 15 years.  Rieders was a Law Clerk in the federal court system for one of the most well-known and longest serving federal judges in the country, the Honorable Malcolm Muir.  Cliff has received the George F. Douglas Amicus Curiae Award, as well as the Milton D. Rosenberg Award from the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers. Rieders is on committees and organizations that write the law in many fields of practice. He is a Nationally Board certified specialist for Civil Trial and Civil Practice and Procedure, a cum laude graduate of New York University as well as Georgetown University Law Center.

Rieders is admitted in Pennsylvania, New York State, District of Columbia and numerous federal courts including the Supreme Court of the United States.  Rieders is a life member of the American Law Institute which publishes recommended legal principles utilized throughout the United States.  Cliff Rieders is the lawyer that other lawyers call for counsel and advice in the medical and hospital malpractice and pharmaceutical/vitamin supplement fields.  Cliff Rieders does substantial work in multi-district litigation in connection with pharmaceutical products and medical devices.

At Rieders Travis, we offer a free consultation to carefully examine the individual facts in your case and determine the best way to handle it. Don’t delay. Contact today by calling or our online contact form to set up your free consultation.

Based in Williamsport, we serve clients throughout the state of Pennsylvania, offering a free consultation on all personal injury matters. More than that, we offer you experience, knowledge, compassion, and a long history of results.

What are ELDs, and Why are Truckers Angry About Them?

On December 18, 2017, the electronic logging device (ELD) rule took effect, requiring commercial long-distance drivers to install electronic tracking devices in their vehicles. The ELD mandate applies to most Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) drivers, more than 3.5 million across the country.

While the ELDs make it easier to track hours and miles traveled and are supposed to make roads safer by keeping long-distance drivers from driving while fatigued, many drivers are angry about them. Truckers feel that the rules actually make their driving situation worse, lower their productivity, make it more difficult to find places to sleep and park, and even encourage speeding and reckless driving that may increase the chances of a crash.

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, 3,986 people died in large truck crashes in 2016. Trucks often weigh 20-30 times as much as passenger cars and have greater ground clearance, which can result in smaller vehicles winding up underneath trucks.

If you or a loved one has suffered injury or someone has died in a truck crash, you may be entitled to compensation for medical and rehabilitative expenses, past and future lost wages, permanent disability and loss of life’s enjoyment. Multiple parties may be liable, including the truck driver and the company where the driver is employed.

However, due to the complexity and issues involving Pennsylvania personal injury law, your case must be handled correctly by an attorney experienced in truck crashes or you may never collect the compensation you are entitled to.

Clifford A. Rieders of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann knows the courts and the system and what you need to do to win a good settlement. Our skilled and experienced Pennsylvania truck crash attorneys have represented any number individuals who have been injured or killed in vehicle accidents in Pennsylvania.

We offer a free consultation to discuss the facts of your individual situation, so contact us at our office or online today.

What Are the Problems Truckers Have With ELDS?

Before the ELD mandate, truckers would keep track of their driving in a log-book, with paper and pen. They had the flexibility to get the job done by rounding up their hours in 15-minute increments.

ELDs now track hours electronically, keeping an exact record of where and when miles are driven, so drivers must account for all their time and ensure they do not drive for more than 11 hours a day or work more than 14 hours a day total, and they must take regular breaks. Truckers can no longer do little fudges which gave them flexibility to set their own schedules, drive when necessary and nap when convenient, such as when a receiving company unloads their vehicle.

Truckers are paid by the mile and are not paid for time spent unloading. Previously, they might have been able to put in extra driving hours after unloading. With the new cap of 14 hours of work a day, truckers no longer can get in these extra hours. They are forced to take breaks of 30-minutes every eight hours, even if they had just rested during an unloading period. In addition, the new rules mean many truckers take their 10-hour breaks at the same time, making finding already scarce parking at truck stops much more difficult. So drivers are more likely to speed and drive more recklessly as they attempt to get to their destination before the clock runs out.

Drivers now travel fewer miles a day and make less money. Many veteran truckers are exiting the trucking profession, leaving less-skilled rookie drivers on the road. Truckers feel that any gains in safety from enforced rest are negated by their frustration and increased recklessness and that more crashes will likely be the result.

Contact an Attorney at Our Firm

If you or a loved one has been injured or someone has died in a truck crash, you should get immediate legal assistance to protect your rights at every stage of your liability claim.

The skilled and experienced Pennsylvania truck accident attorney Clifford A. Rieders of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann has spent decades honing his skills and successfully representing Pennsylvania families who have suffered an injury or loss due to someone else’s negligence. Our attorneys offer personal attention and loyalty to every client, aggressively fighting for their right to compensation. Whether in settlement negotiations or pursuing a favorable trial verdict, we are thoroughly prepared and committed to achieving a just outcome. With our competent staff, we offer strength in numbers while providing top-notch personal service.

Cliff Rieders is a Past President of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, formerly Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association. Rieders has won numerous awards and recognition from the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, and he received the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority recognition award. Cliff Rieders was a founder of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority and served on same for 15 years. Rieders was a Law Clerk in the federal court system for one of the most well-known and longest serving federal judges in the country, the Honorable Malcolm Muir. Cliff has received the George F. Douglas Amicus Curiae Award, as well as the Milton D. Rosenberg Award from the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers. Rieders is on committees and organizations that write the law in many fields of practice. He is a Nationally Board certified specialist for Civil Trial and Civil Practice and Procedure, a cum laude graduate of New York University as well as Georgetown University Law Center.

Rieders is admitted in Pennsylvania, New York State, District of Columbia and numerous federal courts including the Supreme Court of the United States. Rieders is a life member of the American Law Institute which publishes recommended legal principles utilized throughout the United States. Cliff Rieders is the lawyer that other lawyers call for counsel and advice in the medical and hospital malpractice and pharmaceutical/vitamin supplement fields. Cliff Rieders does substantial work in multi-district litigation in connection with pharmaceutical products and medical devices.

At Rieders Travis, we offer a free consultation to carefully examine the individual facts in your case and determine the best way to handle it. Don’t delay. Contact today by calling or our online contact form to set up your free consultation.

Based in Williamsport, we serve clients throughout the state of Pennsylvania, offering a free consultation on all personal injury matters. More than that, we offer you experience, knowledge, compassion, and a long history of results.

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

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 suffered injury or someone has died in a crash involving an illegally parked truck or any other vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. However, due to the complexity and issues involving these accidents, your case must be handled correctly and competently by an attorney experienced in truck crashes or you may never collect the compensation you are entitled to. 

Clifford A. Rieders of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann knows the courts and the system and what you need to do to achieve an adequate settlement. Our skilled and experienced Pennsylvania truck crash attorneys have represented any number individuals who have been injured or killed in vehicle accidents in Pennsylvania.  Recently, we settled a death case for a passenger as a result of trucking negligence for $7.5 million.

We offer a free consultation to discuss the facts of your individual situation, so contact us at our office or online today.

Parking Shortages and Driver Fatigue

When truckers drive too long without stopping and they become fatigued, their reaction time slows and they are not able to make life-saving maneuvers. They even become more likely to fall asleep at the wheel.  Government regulation changes which were intended to enhance safety by preventing truckers from driving beyond the point of exhaustion are actually making the parking situation worse.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations make truckers record how much time they spend on the road and when they take mandated breaks and rest stops. Previously, truckers could log their own hours in a log book and were able to have grace periods to find parking, but now they are required to use electronic log devices that track their time automatically, and the grace period has been eliminated. Since violating the time restrictions can result in expensive fines, the changes have placed a premium on parking spots on or near major trucking routes, and truckers park wherever they can.

We had a case recently in the office where a truck driver took his eyes off the road for a protracted period of time to check his tracking device, which his employer knew was not working properly. Punitive damages were asserted against both the truck driver and the employer.

What Can Be Done With Respect to Parking Issues

This parking problem has existed for a long time, and Pennsylvania is starting to make some efforts to rectify it, including:

  • PennDOT is instituting a pilot program to address the truck parking issues, better manage existing truck parking spaces, and provide real time information to drivers on where available spaces are located.
  • The department is inviting private companies to come up with ideas on how the state can partner with businesses to address the truck parking issue.
  • The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission and some townships have adopted a policy requiring developers to include extra truck parking on their development plans.
  • Local municipalities and planning commissions are being encouraged to require developers to provide extra parking spots for truckers delivering goods to and from their facilities.

Contact an Attorney at Our Firm

Damages from truck crashes are severe and often fatal. If you or a loved one has been injured or someone has died in a truck crash, you should get immediate legal assistance to protect your rights at every stage of your liability claim.

The skilled and experienced Pennsylvania truck accident attorney Clifford A. Rieders of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann has spent decades honing his skills and successfully representing Pennsylvania families who have suffered an injury or loss due to someone else’s negligence. Our attorneys offer personal attention and loyalty to every client, aggressively fighting for their right to compensation. Whether in settlement negotiations or pursuing a favorable trial verdict, we are thoroughly prepared and committed to achieving a just outcome.  With our competent staff, we offer strength in numbers while providing top-notch personal service.

Cliff Rieders is a Past President of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, formerly Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association.  Cliff Rieders wrote the book on Financial Responsibility Law in Pennsylvania, which governs many automobile and truck accident cases in the Commonwealth.  Rieders has won numerous awards and recognition from the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, and he received the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority recognition award.  Cliff Rieders was a founder of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority and served on same for 15 years.  Rieders was a Law Clerk in the federal court system for one of the most well-known and longest serving federal judges in the country, the Honorable Malcolm Muir.  Cliff has received the George F. Douglas Amicus Curiae Award, as well as the Milton D. Rosenberg Award from the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers. Rieders is on committees and organizations that write the law in many fields of practice. He is a Nationally Board-Certified specialist for Civil Trial and Civil Practice and Procedure, a cum laude graduate of New York University as well as Georgetown University Law Center.

Rieders is admitted in Pennsylvania, New York State, District of Columbia and numerous federal courts including the Supreme Court of the United States.  Rieders is a life member of the American Law Institute which publishes recommended legal principles utilized throughout the United States.  Cliff Rieders is the lawyer that other lawyers call for counsel and advice in the medical and hospital malpractice and pharmaceutical/vitamin supplement fields.  Cliff Rieders does substantial work in multi-district litigation in connection with pharmaceutical products and medical devices.

At Rieders Travis, we offer a free consultation to carefully examine the individual facts in your case and determine the best way to handle it. Do not delay. Contact us today by calling or our online contact form to set up your free consultation.

Based in Williamsport, we serve clients throughout the state of Pennsylvania, offering a free consultation on all personal injury matters. More than that, we offer you experience, knowledge, compassion, and a long history of results.

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 and result in serious injuries or death. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 3,986 people died in large truck crashes in 2016. Trucks often weigh 20-30 times as much as passenger cars and have greater ground clearance, which can result in smaller vehicles winding up underneath trucks in crashes.

If you or a loved one has suffered injury or someone has died in a crash involving an illegally parked truck or any other vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. However, due to the complexity and issues involving these accidents, your case must be handled correctly and competently by an attorney experienced in truck crashes, or you may never collect the compensation you are entitled to. 

Clifford A. Rieders of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann knows the courts and the system and what you need to do to win a good settlement or try the case. Our skilled and experienced Pennsylvania truck crash attorneys have represented any number individuals who have been injured or killed in vehicle accidents in Pennsylvania.

We offer a free consultation to discuss the facts of your individual situation, so contact us at our office or online today.

What is Being Done

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation runs a program called P3 which will be used to address the truck parking issues and create a pilot program. To start, the Turnpike Commission has pinpointed the six worst service stations for truck parking along the main turnpike. Those with the fewest parking spaces are:

  • Highspire plaza in Middletown, Dauphin County (9 truck parking spaces)
  • Lawn plaza in South Londonderry Township, Lebanon County (14 spaces)
  • Bowmansville plaza in Denver, Lancaster County (13 spaces)
  • Peter J. Camiel plaza in Elverson, Chester County (24 spaces)
  • Valley Forge in Wayne, Delaware County (7 spaces)
  • King of Prussia in King of Prussia, Montgomery County (26 spaces).

In total, there are 93 available spaces between the plazas, which are not enough.  Observers for the program visited these plazas between the prime resting hours of 10 p.m. and 4 a.m., and found 195 trucks parked throughout the six plazas. The most dangerous rest area was Valley Forge, with only seven available parking spaces. When visited, the plaza had 36 trucks parked around it.

To remedy the situation, the turnpike is instituting a pilot program to better manage existing truck parking spaces and provide information to drivers on where available spaces are located. The program will provide real-time information to truckers as they are traveling so they can see what spots are available at the two closest service plazas.

Remember that not all roads are governed by the Turnpike Commission in Pennsylvania.   There are many interstate roads in Pennsylvania such as Routes 80, 81 and north/south roads that are being expanded through Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Some of these roads are more dangerous because they are not governed by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

Common Injuries from Truck Accidents

Injuries from trucks and other large vehicle crashes are often severe and may include catastrophic and devastating injuries such as paralysis, brain trauma, broken bones, disfigurement, emotional damage and post traumatic stress syndrome, and, of course, death. If victims survive, their lives may never be the same.

Damages crash victims may be entitled to include:

1) economic damages, which include compensation for past and future medical and hospital expenses, rehabilitation expenses, past and future wage loss and wage loss horizon, and other out-of-pocket expenses;

2) It is often said that economic damages are the tip of the iceberg.  Therefore, a person is entitled to claim non-economic damages, including loss of life’s pleasures until death, emotional distress, pain and suffering; and

3) physical impairment and disfigurement and, depending upon the case, other specialized damages.

Family members of victims may be entitled to compensation for wrongful death.

Contact an Attorney at Our Firm

If you or a loved one has been injured or someone has died in a truck crash, you should get immediate legal assistance to protect your rights at every stage of your liability claim.

The skilled and experienced Pennsylvania truck accident attorney Clifford A. Rieders of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann has spent decades honing his skills and successfully representing Pennsylvania families who have suffered an injury or loss due to someone else’s negligence. Our attorneys offer personal attention and loyalty to every client, aggressively fighting for their right to compensation. Whether in settlement negotiations or pursuing a favorable trial verdict, we are thoroughly prepared and committed to achieving a just outcome.  With our competent staff, we offer strength in numbers while providing top-notch personal service.

Cliff Rieders is a Past President of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, formerly Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association.  Rieders has won numerous awards and recognition from the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, and he received the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority recognition award.  Cliff Rieders was a founder of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority and served on same for 15 years.  Rieders was a Law Clerk in the federal court system for one of the most well-known and longest serving federal judges in the country, the Honorable Malcolm Muir.  Cliff has received the George F. Douglas Amicus Curiae Award, as well as the Milton D. Rosenberg Award from the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers. Rieders is on committees and organizations that write the law in many fields of practice. He is a Nationally Board certified specialist for Civil Trial and Civil Practice and Procedure, a cum laude graduate of New York University as well as Georgetown University Law Center.

One of Cliff Rieders’ books specifically involves the Financial Responsibility Law which governs many considerations with respect to auto/truck and other vehicle collisions in Pennsylvania.

Rieders is admitted in Pennsylvania, New York State, District of Columbia and numerous federal courts including the Supreme Court of the United States.  Rieders is a life member of the American Law Institute which publishes recommended legal principles utilized throughout the United States.  Cliff Rieders is the lawyer that other lawyers call for counsel and advice in the medical and hospital malpractice and pharmaceutical/vitamin supplement fields.  Cliff Rieders does substantial work in multi-district litigation in connection with pharmaceutical products and medical devices.

At Rieders Travis, we offer a free consultation to carefully examine the individual facts in your case and determine the best way to handle it. Don’t delay. Contact us today by calling or using our online contact form to set up your free consultation.

Based in Williamsport, we serve clients throughout the state of Pennsylvania, offering a free consultation on all personal injury matters. More than that, we offer you experience, knowledge, compassion, and a long history of results.

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

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 in 100 deaths and 6,175 injuries.

Large commercial trucks are also common fixtures of vehicle crashes in Pennsylvania. In 2015, 7,465 crashes involved heavy trucks. While causes for truck crashes vary, drivers are often either driving too fast or not paying attention to dangerous weather conditions and other vehicles.

Wednesday’s crash was a tragic event; it was not an isolated one.  We hope that tragedies like this can be avoided in the future. For those who have suffered serious injuries in vehicle crashes, it is important to know that you do have legal options to help alleviate the damages you’ve experienced.

The Rieders Travis Law Firm Can Help

The Rieders Travis Law Firm, located in Central Pennsylvania, has a great deal of experience with interstate motor vehicle and truck collisions. We know the territory. There are complex rules involving motor vehicle cases on interstate highways. These rules may involve the Interstate Commerce Commission, laws of different states, and federal court proceedings. Sometimes cases involving interstate highway crashes may be brought in federal court.

Cliff Rieders was a clerk to a federal judge in the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and is Past President of the Federal Bar Association for the Central Pennsylvania Chapter. Rieders is also a Past President of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, now known as the Pennsylvania Association for Justice. He is nationally Board Certified as a trial advocate.

Where a claim is to be brought, when there is an interstate truck or car accident, is very important. Cases cannot be brought just anywhere, but rather, the location of where cases are filed depends upon venue rules and laws pertaining to jurisdiction. You will want to retain the services of a lawyer who is familiar with the community, the area, and who can practice law competently in federal or state court.

Make sure you get someone on your side who is experienced and knowledgeable. Cliff Rieders wrote the book on the financial responsibility law that governs many automobile and truck accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured a motor vehicle collision, contact the Rieders Travis Law Firm to learn more about your options.

Sanitation workers suffer personal injury in recent truck crash

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 to this matter.

As this accident occurred while these individuals were on the job, they may be entitled to file workers’ compensation claims in order to cover any resulting expenses. They may also be able to file personal injury claims in a Pennsylvania civil court against the individual believed responsible for the crash — whether that is the driver of the truck, his or her employer or the driver of the other vehicle involved. Through a combination of workers’ compensation claims and successfully litigated personal injury claims, the victims of this incident may be able to achieve maximum relief for their losses.

Sleep apnea a problem among drivers of commercial vehicles

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 of commercial vehicles ignore health issues or fail to utilize ordered treatments, the general public is put at risk. If trucking accidents can be linked to medical concerns — such as sleep apnea, — the driver and/or his or her employer may be held liable for any resulting damages. Personal injury, wrongful death and any other applicable claims may be filed in a Pennsylvania civil court by victims or — in the event of fatality — surviving family members in an effort to seek compensation and to hold those deemed responsible for their losses accountable.

Source: Chicago Tribune, “Sleep apnea a tough problem for government, transportation industry“, Mary Wisniewski, May 29, 2016

Accidents with commercial vehicles and spinal cord injuries

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 of accidents with commercial vehicles, those who have suffered SCI or other injuries, may be able to seek financial relief for their economic losses and compensation for any non-economic damages encountered. This can be done by filing legal claims in a Pennsylvania civil court against the driver believed responsible and his or her employer. Monetary judgments may be awarded if litigation proves successful.

Source: nichd.nih.gov, “Spinal Cord Injury (SCI): Condition Information“, Accessed on May 9, 2016

Truck accidents caused by illegal turns an issue in Pennsylvania

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 order to ensure other drivers do not try to pass and cause a crash. Sadly, this is something that happens fairly frequently, as not all semi drivers keep their trailers in the appropriate lanes when making their turns.

A left-hand turn may be a little easier for semi drivers to handle, especially in intersections that have two available turn lanes. By using the outside turn lane, which is required if it is available, drivers will have the clearance needed to make their wide turns. If there is only one lane, truck drivers must wait until they reach the center of the intersection to being their turns. Turning too soon causes clearance issues.

Illegal turns are a big problem in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, and truck drivers who fail to follow turning rules only put themselves and others with whom they share the road at risk. Those who have been injured in accidents while semi drivers are turning may have legal recourse. If negligence can be established in court, victims of such incidents may be awarded financial relief for their losses.

Source: truckingtruth.com, “2.7 Managing Space (Continued)“, Accessed on Feb. 24, 2016

Woman injured in tractor-trailer accident may seek compensation

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 by the victim can be quite severe. In this particular case, one woman was seriously hurt, which could have a major impact on the rest of her life. In an effort to recoup her losses, the victim may seek compensation by filing a personal injury claim in a Pennsylvania civil court. If the truck driver and/or his employer is found to have been negligent in a manner that caused or contributed to the crash, the victim may be awarded financial relief for any and all damages she has sustained.

Drivers of commercial vehicles must pass medical requirements

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 ignored or be misdiagnosed, leading to accidents. When this happens, those residing in Pennsylvania or elsewhere who are victims of such incidents may have legal recourse. Civil claims may be filed against the drivers of commercial vehicles and their employers in an effort to seek damages for any losses experienced. These claims, filed by the victims or — in the event of fatality — surviving family members, may be granted compensation for any economic and non-economic damages if legal proceedings are carefully and successfully navigated.

Source: fmcsa.dot.gov, “DOT Medical Exam and Commercial Motor Vehicle Certification“, Accessed on Dec. 19, 2015

Commercial vehicles and weight restriction changes

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 but could result in an increase in accidents. As it stands, collisions involving commercial vehicles tend to have severe if not tragic outcomes. Those in Pennsylvania who have been affected by such incidents may have legal recourse. Through successful litigation, victims — or, in the event of fatality, surviving family members — may achieve monetary judgments as compensation for any losses experienced.

Source: standardspeaker.com, “DOT will not recommend truck weight increase“, Jim Dino, Nov. 9, 2015

Pennsylvania personal injury: truck accident details matter

After a truck accident, it is understandable that the victim and/or his or her loved ones may seem flustered. These incidents happen in a matter of seconds, making everything before, during and after the event feel like one big blur. While it may be difficult to remember or to obtain all of the details of an accident, having as much information as possible will be helpful to an individual who wishes to pursue a personal injury or wrongful death claim in a Pennsylvania civil court.

Accidents with commercial big rigs occur quite frequently. Sadly, the damages sustained by the victims or — in the event of fatality — their surviving family members can be quite severe. After such incidents occur. it is only natural for those involved to question liability. This is when the details of the event are truly important.

How much detail is necessary? At the end of the day, any and all information that is available after an accident would be helpful. While it is not always easy to gather this information directly following a wreck, these are just a few basic items that would be good for investigative purposes:

  • Names of witnesses
  • Date, time and location of the incident
  • Information about the truck driver and his or her employer
  • Specifics about any resulting medical treatments
  • Documented financial losses

If a person is unable to collect any information at the scene of a truck accident, it is possible to gain access to the the event details in other ways. For example, police reports are generally very descriptive, often including much of the information listed above, and may be obtained for legal purposes. Pennsylvania residents may pursue personal injury or wrongful death claims against truck drivers, and their employers, following collisions — if negligence is believed to have contributed to the accidents. Monetary judgments may be awarded if litigation in civil court proves successful.

Truck accident occurs when its driver strikes another car, truck

A pickup truck, a car and a semi-truck were recently involved in an accident here in Pennsylvania. Photos from the scene of the truck accident showed the pickup truck on its side and wedged underneath the tractor-trailer. Two drivers were injured, one critically, and a construction zone flagger was injured as well.

According to the chief of the Fire Department, the semi-truck caused the accident. It is unclear at this time how exactly the early morning accident occurred. However, it has been determined the tractor-trailer struck the car as well as the truck.

The pickup truck driver had to be extricated from the vehicle and was listed in critical condition after being flown to the hospital. The car driver was transported by ambulance, though the extent of her injuries is unclear. The semi-truck driver stayed at the scene and was administered a field sobriety test by police.

For victims who have been injured and families who have lost a loved one in a truck accident here in Pennsylvania, it is possible to seek compensation for the pain and suffering one is going through. In order to be successful with such a claim, it must be established that the truck driver was indeed at fault for the accident and that the driver’s negligence caused the injury or death of the victim. Aside from seeking compensation from the truck driver, it may be possible to also name the trucking company that the driver works for, the truck mechanics and other individuals and companies who were involved as defendants and hold them responsible as well.

Source: wpxi.com, “Route 22 closed after accident in Westmoreland Co.“, June 30, 2015

Fatal truck accident in Pennsylvania claims 3 lives

Law enforcement officials in Pennsylvania are currently investigating a tragic accident that occurred on June 3 in Monroe County. This incident reportedly involved two semis and a tour bus. The fatal truck accident is said to have claimed the lives of three individuals and caused injuries to several others.

The crash occurred mid-morning on Interstate 380. According to reports, two semi trucks collided in the southbound lanes, pushing one truck into the northbound lanes and in front of a tour bus. The bus slammed into the truck, killing the bus driver and two passengers. A total of 13 other passengers were taken to nearby hospitals for medical care. Two of the injured were reported to be in critical condition.

It has not been said if either truck driver was hurt in this incident. Police are still trying to piece together the events leading up to this terrible tragedy. Authorities have not indicated if any charges will be filed against one or both truck drivers.

There is no questioning the drastic impact this fatal truck accident has undoubtedly had on the surviving victims, their family members and the family members of the deceased. Those negatively affected may pursue legal claims for themselves, or on behalf of deceased loved ones. Personal injury, wrongful death and survival action claims — among others — may be filed against those believed responsible for this collision. If, after a full investigation into to cause of this crash, the gathered evidence suggests negligence by one or more parties, such proof may be used in a Pennsylvania civil court in an effort to help the victims and/or their family members achieve fair and full compensation for any damages sustained.

Source: 6abc.com, “Bus driver ID’d in deadly I-380 crash in Poconos“, June 3, 2015

Fatigue is often a contributing factor in truck accidents

Whether driving on the interstate or on a city street, semi trailers can be seen just about anywhere. Even though these vehicles are necessary for the transportation of goods, the need for semis does not make them any less intimidating to drive by for others with whom they share the road. Truck accidents do happen more commonly than they should, in Pennsylvania and across the country. One contributing factor in many of these accidents is believed to be truck driver fatigue.

Based on years of analysis, it is believed that more than 5,000 people from around the country are killed in accidents with semi-trailers every year. Another 150,000 plus individuals are injured. Of all the auto-related fatalities that occur every year, one in four can typically be linked to accidents with large commercial trucks.

Drowsy driving can be an issue for anyone who gets behind the wheel. To help prevent fatigue-related accidents, federal regulations have been placed on the trucking industry regarding the number of hours a driver is allowed to be on the road a day, and the number of hours they must wait between shifts before they can drive again. When an accident involving a semi occurs, a driver’s log book will be one of the first things looked at to determine if driver fatigue contributed to the incident.

Pennsylvania residents who have suffered injuries or the deaths of loved ones in truck accidents retain the right to seek compensation for their losses. Legal claims can be made against not only the driver believed responsible, but his or her employer as well. If negligence can be established in court, a monetary judgment for any damages sustained may be awarded.

Those injured in a recent coal truck crash may seek compensation

A recent accident that occurred in the western part of the state involving a coal truck and two other vehicles is responsible for sending three people to area hospitals. The cause of the crash has yet to be determined. However, the victims of this wreck may seek compensation in a Pennsylvania civil court for any damages they have personally suffered due to this incident.

This multiple-vehicle collision occurred the first week of March. According to information reported by local media, the driver of the coal truck — for unknown reasons — apparently lost control of his vehicle. The truck is said to have rolled onto its side, causing it to slide into oncoming traffic and hit a car in its path. Another automobile was unable to avoid the wreckage and rear-ended the same car.

The truck driver, a 31-year-old male, suffered minor injuries in the incident. The driver and passenger in the car initially involved in the wreck were flown to a medical center for treatment. The current conditions of all involved have not been reported.

The victims of this crash will, undoubtedly, face multiple challenges during their recoveries. The emotional and financial concerns they will likely experience can add significant stress to a situation that is already physically draining. It is possible for the victims of this incident to seek compensation, which can help ease some of their concerns and allow them the ability to focus on their current needs. If negligence is established in a Pennsylvania civil court, a monetary judgment may be awarded for each successfully litigated case.

Source: wtae.com, “Rt. 422 reopens following coal truck crash“, March 6, 2015

Failure to maintain commercial vehicles can lead to accidents

Truck accidents are a fairly common occurrence on Pennsylvania roadways. These accidents often result in severe injury or fatality to the victims of these collisions. When commercial vehicles are involved in accidents, it is common for company records regarding the vehicle to be reviewed. This includes looking at all maintenance records in order to see if the automobile was in safe working condition before the accident occurred.

Motor vehicles that are poorly maintained can cause accidents. As trucking accidents tend to have tragic outcomes, federal regulations regarding maintenance, inspections and repairs have been placed on these commercial vehicles. These regulations give strict guidelines as to how often certain maintenance is to be performed and how long records are to be kept by vehicle owners.

According to federal guidelines, commercial trucks are to be in good condition before they are used. If any repairs are needed, those repairs are to be completed in a timely fashion. If an accident occurs and records indicate that maintenance is slacking, or a problem that may have contributed to the incident was not addressed, the vehicle owner could be held responsible for any losses the victims or — in the event of fatality — their surviving family members have suffered.

Pennsylvania residents who have been adversely affected due to accidents with commercial vehicles can take legal action against the driver and his or her employer. Personal injury and/or wrongful death claims may be filed in civil court in an effort to seek both economic and non-economic damages. If liability is established, a monetary judgment may be granted to help victims and/or their family members recoup the financial losses encountered as a result of the crash.

Source: fmcsa.dot.gov, “Inspection, repair and maintenance“, Accessed on Feb. 2, 2015

Fatal truck accident claims the life of Pennsylvania woman

What likely seemed to have been a typical morning in the life of a Pennsylvania woman ended tragically. In a matter of seconds, a life was taken and a family’s world turned upside down. A fatal truck accident in the western part of the state, in which the truck driver is believed to have fallen asleep behind the wheel, is to blame for this terrible loss.

A 49-year-old woman was stopped at a traffic light, reportedly on her way to one of her two jobs, when her vehicle was struck from behind by a box truck. The force of impact pushed her car well over 200 feet from its original position and killed her in the process. She leaves behind two children.

The truck driver was reportedly uninjured in the collision. He was arrested and is facing several charges for the wreck. At this time, it is unknown if this individual was impaired at the time of the crash. Toxicology reports are pending. He is also apparently wanted in another state on drug-related charges.

A fatal truck accident, such as this one, is a tragedy that will affect surviving family members in a number of ways, including emotionally and financially. A wrongful death claim may be filed by the victim’s family against the truck driver and his employer, allowing them to seek compensation for the economic damages sustained as a result of this crash. If a monetary judgment is awarded by a Pennsylvania civil court, compensation for funeral expenses, lost wages and benefits, the future needs of the victim’s children and any other documented damages recoverable in accordance with laws of the state can all be included.

Source: wpxi.com, “Police: Woman, 49, killed when sleeping truck driver crashes into car on Route 65“, Jan. 16, 2015

Federal guidelines in place to help prevent truck accidents

Accidents involving large commercial vehicles can have devastating results. Anyone who has come across, or seen pictures of, semi truck accidents can see that the amount of damage done generally exceeds anything occasioned by a typical car accident. In order to help prevent these types of accidents here in Pennsylvania and across the country, federal guidelines for the trucking industry are in place. While there are many regulations that we could discuss, this week we’d like to review the Hours of Service (HOS) standards.

Commercial vehicle drivers are restricted to the number of hours they are allowed to work each day and each week. These restrictions are spelled out in the HOS Regulations. Before we get into the specifics of the HOS rules, lets first review some of the qualifications that must be met in order for an automobile to be considered a commercial vehicle:

  • Used for business purposes
  • Weigh 10,001 pounds or more
  • Used to transport hazardous materials
  • Used to transport large groups of people or quantities of goods

The HOS rules were established and officially published back in 2011; however, updated guidelines were announced in 2013. According to these guidelines, commercial vehicle drivers are only allowed to work for 70 hours a week, unless they are able to take a 34 hour break before they start driving again. They are also required to take a 30 minute break following an eight hour shift.

When truck accidents happen, one of the first things normally reviewed is the driving log. Drivers who are believed to be responsible for a collision and who are found in violation of the Hours of Service Regulations may face claims for financial liability concerning injuries suffered by others in the crash. Pennsylvania residents who have been injured or lost a loved one due to an accident caused by a truck driver who was found violating federal safety standards may be entitled to compensation for any financial damages sustained.

Source: fmcsa.dot.gov, “Hours of Service“, Dec. 8, 2014

What damages can be compensated for after a truck accident?

Accidents caused by commercial truck drivers can have devastating effects to everyone involved. Injuries suffered in a truck accident can be serious to life-threatening and often require extensive emergent and long-term medical care. Pennsylvania residents who have been injured or lost a loved one in such an incident may wonder if they are entitled to compensation and what losses are actually covered.

If it is determined that a truck driver is at fault for an accident that results in injury or death, victims of the crash — or their surviving family members — may choose to file civil claims in an effort to obtain compensation for any financial losses suffered as a result. These claims, which would be filed in a Pennsylvania civil court, can be made against the driver and/or the driver’s employer. If liability is established, compensation would then be awarded in an amount deemed appropriate for the damages sustained.

Damages that are often considered when determining the amount of compensation to be awarded are medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of current and future wages. Loss of companionship and any other special damages may also be recoverable. While most of these are straight forward in their meaning, special damages is a pretty general category. These damages cover any other financial losses suffered in a crash that are deemed recoverable under state laws.

Pennsylvania residents who have been negatively affected by a truck accident do not have to face the situation alone. Legal assistance is available to help seek compensation for any losses suffered as a result of the crash. Personal injury or wrongful death claims that are successfully navigated can result in a monetary judgment which can help those affected move forward.

Truck accident in Pennsylvania kills child, injures 2 others

An evening bike ride ended tragically for a Pennsylvania family recently. According to police in Bradford County, a truck accident is responsible for injuring two individuals and fatally wounding another. This somber event has undoubtedly had a drastic impact on the lives of the surviving family members.

Earlier in September, a father was on his bike, hauling his two children in a trailer behind him, when they were hit by a truck. The trailer, holding a 7-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl, was dragged by the truck several feet down the block before coming to a stop. Sadly, the boy died in the incident. The little girl and her father were both transported to an area hospital for the treatment of unspecified injuries.

The investigation into the incident is still ongoing with the help of an accident reconstruction team. At this time, few details have been released regarding the victims or the truck driver. Witnesses to the event indicated that the truck involved belongs to Tetra Gas Company. According to police, charges have not been filed in this case.

There is no questioning the amount of sorrow and pain this family is left coping with due to this tragedy. Along with the emotional and physical trauma the surviving victims are likely suffering from, accidents like this can also take quite a toll on finances. If this family chooses to do so, they may elect to pursue both personal injury claims and a wrongful death claim against the individual believed to be responsible for this truck accident. In this event, this could be the driver of the truck and/or the driver’s employer, if applicable. If either is found liable in a Pennsylvania civil court, a monetary judgment may be granted to recover the economic losses created by this crash and to provide some compensation for the pain and suffering of the victims.

Source: pennlive.com, “Truck hits, kills Pa. boy, 7, riding in cart pulled by dad’s bicycle“, John Luciew, Sept. 5, 2014

13 people suffer personal injury following Pennsylvania accident

Typically, the most deadly type of motor vehicle accidents on Pennsylvania roadways are truck accidents. Accidents that involve commercial vehicles can result in significant damage to property and potential personal injury of the victims involved. A recent accident involving a commercial vehicle led to the injury of more than ten people. This particular incident did not involve a collision with another vehicle, but rather an explosion and resulting fire.

The recent incident has led to many government departments investigating the cause of the food truck explosion which led to 13 people being injured. The injured individuals were taken to the hospital to be treated for their injuries. The truck’s owner, the owner’s daughter and three other individuals were among the most critically wounded. Police are reportedly investigating to determine what factors may have contributed to the accident.

Supposedly, the explosion happened as a vapor cloud from a leaking propane tank was ignited by cooking grills. Police state that there were two tanks on the truck, but they believe that the full tank that was not in use had the leak which later led to the explosion. The tank believed to have a leak was found over 90 feet away from the truck following the blast and subsequent fireball.

Commercial accidents like these are not generally typical, however, when they occur, they can lead to serious injury, as evident by the report. Victims of this type of accident can file a personal injury claim as a means to pay for their medical bills associated with the injuries received in this accident. If there is evidence of additional wrongdoing or negligence found in the investigation, it could be used to bolster the claims of the Pennsylvania victims in this report.

Source: ABC News, “Police: Leak, Grill Heat Caused Food Truck Blast“, Josh Cornfield, July 1, 2014.

Food truck accident in Pennsylvania results in multiple injuries

Food trucks are gaining in popularity. They can be found just about anywhere and are even the focus of some popular television shows. While many of them offer amazing food choices, few people tend to think of the dangers these trucks may cause. A recent food truck accident in Pennsylvania resulted in minor to serious injuries to several people.

This accident occurred recently in Philadelphia outside a local auto body shop. The propane tank of a food truck that is often parked outside the shop evidently exploded, injuring 11 people. All were transported to area hospitals, two with severe burns, four are currently listed in stable condition and the rest were treated and released.

What caused the tank to explode is still unknown. Footage from nearby surveillance cameras apparently show the truck being engulfed by flames before the fire spread to a nearby utility pole. Thankfully, no other businesses or residences near the truck caught on fire. Police have not indicated if any charges will be filed against the food truck operator or owner in this case.

While the injuries suffered in this truck accident may vary in their severity, those injured retain the right to pursue personal injury claims against the owner or individual deemed responsible for the explosion. These claims, if successfully litigated in a Pennsylvania court, could give way to monetary relief being granted to the victims to assist in their recovery process. This compensation could provide for many things, including any associated medical expenses, rehabilitation, loss of wages and for the pain and suffering —both physically and mentally — endured as a result of this traumatizing event.

Source: lancasteronline.com, “11 injured after Philly food truck explosion”, , July 1, 2014

Elderly man dead after fatal truck accident in Pennsylvania

Accidents involving a semi often have catastrophic results. Passenger cars and pedestrians simply don’t stand much of a chance against the sheer size and weight of these trucks. While many Pennsylvania residents have probably already seen their fair share of accidents this year, a recent fatal truck accident can be added to the seemingly long list of tragedies affecting the community. The incident has most likely left a family grieving the unexpected loss of their love one.

According to police reports, a 70-year-old male, who had been experiencing car troubles, pulled his car off to the west side of the road. While on the shoulder and outside his car, he was stuck by a passing semi that apparently traveled over the fog line. The elderly man reportedly died of at the scene of the crash.

Pennsylvania State Police are continuing their investigation into this accident. Information regarding contributing factors leading to the crash have yet to be identified. It is currently unknown if any charges are pending against the truck driver.

Losing a loved one in a fatal collision is difficult for any family to cope with and often leaves familes struggling financially as they try to cover the unexpected expenses resulting from the crash. If the surviving family members choose, they may have the right to pursue a wrongful death claim on behalf of the victim. If the semi driver and/or his or her employer is found negligent in causing this fatal truck accident, a Pennsylvania court could order a monetary judgement to be paid to the victim’s family to make recompense for the damages done and loss experienced.

Source: northcentralpa.com, “Route 15 Fatal accident details“, Kathy Kolb, May 23, 2014

Truck accident in Pennsylvania ends with multiple fatalities

A section of highway, reportedly known to be dangerous, was the site of yet another fatal accident recently. A truck accident, involving several vehicles, led to three fatalities and significant damage to all the vehicles involved. Pennsylvania troopers are still investigating the cause of the crash as they try to determine if any charges will be filed in this case.

The accident occurred on Interstate 78 in Berks County, on a section of road that is already scheduled to have safety improvements completed due to a high rate of fatal collisions. The driver of a semi supposedly couldn’t slow down in time for the sluggish traffic in front of him. As a result, the semi struck several vehicles, causing four to catch on fire. In total, seven vehicles were involved in the crash.

Three victims in the first two cars hit were killed in the crash. The first victim, a 52-year-old male, was in the car initially hit by the truck. The impact of that collision pushed his car into the other victims’ automobile, killing both occupants. Both cars burst into flames, and the fire quickly spread to another vehicle and the semi. The truck driver and others involved in the crash were able to escape from their vehicles.

This was truly a horrific scene and is certainly a tragic loss for the victims’ surviving family members. The families of these victims retain the right to file wrongful death claims on behalf of each of the individuals who lost their lives in this truck accident. These claims may be filed against the driver and possibly his employer. If either is found negligent in the cause of the crash and liability is confirmed, a Pennsylvania court could grant a monetary judgement to be paid for each claim, providing relief for the financial losses suffered due to the collision.

Source: articles.mcall.com, “Site of I-78 crash has high death rate“, Manuel Gamiz Jr. and Frank Warner, May 13, 2014

Speeding believed to be a factor in truck crash in Pennsylvania

Sharing the road with larger commercial vehicles can be intimidating. While there are many good truck drivers out on the roads, there are also those who are very aggressive in their driving, which can make traveling next to them somewhat frightening. Due to the size and weight of these trucks, accidents involving them tend to result in severe injury or death to the victims. Speeding is often a contributing factor in accidents, and according to local law enforcement in Pennsylvania, this appears to have been the case in a recent trucking incident.

The accident occurred earlier this April in Greenwich Township. A larger truck, hauling a flatbed trailer, was headed southbound on a local street when the truck’s brakes locked. This supposedly caused the truck to drift into oncoming traffic and collide with another vehicle. The driver of the car, a 23-year-old female, was trapped in her vehicle for approximately 40 minutes before a rescue team was able to free her. She was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment and was initially declared to be in critical condition.

No other injuries were reported in this crash. Local authorities investigating this incident are considering speed to have been a contributing factor in the cause of the collision. Currently, it is unknown if any charges have been or will be filed against the truck driver.

Truck accidents, which result is serious injury, unfortunately occur far too often. Negligence behind the wheel, including speeding or distracted driving, often leads to a great deal of unnecessary physical pain and financial hardship for the victims. The woman in this case may choose to file a personal injury claim, against the truck driver and possibly his employer, to help recoup the monetary losses she has encountered due to the crash — such as current medical expenses and loss of income. If liability is established, a Pennsylvania court award the victim restitution payments to help ease the financial strain, allowing her to take the needed time to heal.

Source: wfmz.com, “Seriously injured woman freed from wrecked car near Kutztown“, , April 18, 2014

Pennsylvania woman suffers personal injury in accident with truck

A recent accident in Pennsylvania between a car and a box truck resulted in injuries to three people. One woman in particular suffered severe personal injury, which required treatment at a local hospital. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

The accident happened on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Brecknock Township. According to authorities the woman was trapped in her vehicle and unconscious when they arrived on scene. The fire department had to remove the roof of her vehicle to free her before she could be transported for medical care. She suffered unspecified injuries, but the injuries were reported to be significant.

Two men were in the box truck at the time of the crash. Both suffered minor injuries; it is unknown if either sought medical care. The crash slowed westbound traffic for about an hour until the scene could be cleared. Local authorities have not released any information regarding the official cause of the crash.

While, thankfully, everyone came out of this accident alive, one of the individuals involved has suffered severe physical trauma as a result. While it is still unknown what caused this wreck, if the driver of the box truck is found liable for the crash, the injured woman could pursue a personal injury claim against him and possibly his employer for the suffering she has been subjected to. If a judgement is won in her favor, a Pennsylvania civil court could award her financial compensation for the monetary losses accrued and pain and suffering she has endured.

Source: lancasteronline.com, “Woman injured in crash on Pa. Turnpike in Brecknock Twp.“, Larry Alexander, April 15, 2014

Fatal truck accident in Pennsylvania claims the lives of 2 men

A certain section of Route 6 in Wyoming County is no stranger to auto accidents. Residents who live nearby claim to have seen numerous collisions over the years; sadly, a few of them have ended in fatality. A fatal truck accident is the latest to occur on this section of Pennsylvania roadways, killing two men in the process.

The accident occurred earlier this month on a section of road that is supposedly known by locals to be dangerous. The driver of a tractor-trailer was headed downhill and apparently lost control of his truck when coming around a curve. This loss of control caused the truck to enter oncoming traffic where another semi, a pickup truck and a car were all hit before the big rig came to a stop after colliding with a guard rail.

The driver of the pickup truck and the semi driver who lost control were both killed in the crash. No other injuries were reported. The road was closed for several hours after the accident for local authorities and cleanup crews to work at the scene. This crash is still being investigated.

The death of a loved one in such an unexpected and horrific way is heart-wrenching to surviving family members. A wrongful death claim may be filed on behalf of the victim as a way for their family to recover any financial losses suffered as a result of the crash. While the driver believed responsible for this fatal truck accident didn’t survive the crash, the claim may be made against his estate and possibly his employer. If either is found liable in the cause of the accident, a civil court in Pennsylvania could award the victim’s family monetary restitution to help with expenses and hopefully provide some sense of closure.

Source: wnep.com, Two Dead After Wyoming County Crash, Peggy Lee, March 20, 2014

2 pedestrians killed on I-80

LAMAR – State Police at Lamar and the Clinton County coroner are continuing an investigation into the deaths of two pedestrians who were struck by a tractor-trailer truck early Thursday morning on Interstate 80, Trooper Benjamin J. Campana said.

The two males were hit by the vehicle at about 3 a.m. in the westbound lanes near the Lamar entrance ramp, Clinton County coroner Zach Hanna said. The men were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police identified the victims as David Flores 29, of Baltimore, Md. and Jesus Chazea, age and address unknown.

Carlos Freitas-Diaz, 41, of Arlington, N.J., was driving 2003 Freightliner west at about 65 mph, police said, when his rig struck both pedestrians who were in the road near Exit 173. Freitas-Diaz was not hurt in the crash, police said.

The accident remains under investigation, police said.

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Crashes involving tractor-trailers in Jackson Township

LIBERTY, PA – According to Liberty Fire Chief Andrew O’Conners, The southbound lanes of Route 15 were closed for 10 hours Friday morning following a series of three crashes that involved a total of four tractor-trailer trucks.

The first crash involved a southbound rig loaded with household items that struck a rock embankment and jackknifed about 12:45 a.m. The truck’s trailer began rotating, and when that happened, the truck’s cab dislodged from the frame, police said. Half of the truck’s cargo spilled out onto the highway.

The driver, Brockport, N.Y., was treated at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro for moderate injuries and released.

The second crash happened moments later when a tractor-trailer, stopped for the first crash, was rammed in the rear by a third tractor-trailer.

Just as emergency responders began arriving on the scene, a fourth tractor-trailer crashed into the same rock embankment as the first rig and also jackknifed. None of the other truck drivers was injured.

A trailer loaded with huge bales of paper, also split open.

The pileup occurred about three miles south of here, in Lycoming County’s Jackson Township.

Along with firefighters from Liberty and Blossburg, state Department of Transportation employees also assisted in detouring traffic around the crash site.

One traffic lane was re-opened about 11 a.m. and the second was opened at 1:30 p.m.

If you or a loved one suffered an injury that could have been avoided or that was caused because somebody was careless or negligent, make sure you know your rights. Call us for a free consultation at 570-323-8711 or 800-326-9259.

Pennsylvania woman injured by salt truck may seek compensation

Driving in the winter can be a scary experience. Slick roads, distracted drivers, speeding and large trucks seem to be everywhere. While bad weather tends to make people more cautious of their own driving, accidents still happen, and these accidents are still usually caused by a driver’s bad choices regardless of bad weather. These accidents, unfortunately, can also create significant physical and financial burdens to those affected. Pennsylvania residents that have been injured in an accident may be able to seek compensation for the damages that may result.

A recent accident in New Stanton resulted in injuries to a woman after her car struck and slid under a PennDot salt truck. The truck was apparently clearing the berm when the truck driver supposedly cut off the woman’s car causing her to hit the truck. The 50-year-old woman was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of her injuries. Her current condition has not been released.

It was not reported if the truck driver suffered any injuries in the crash. It is also unknown if any citations were given or if any charges are pending. Local authorities are still investigating this incident.

Those injured in a truck accident may be entitled to seek compensation for their injuries and any other damages that may result from the incident. The victim in this case may be able to pursue a personal injury claim against both the driver and/or their employer to recoup any expenses she has encountered due to the accident. If liability is proven, a civil court in Pennsylvania may choose to grant the victim financial compensation to cover her expenses and provide for her pain and suffering.

Source: wpxi.com, Woman involved in crash with PennDOT truck taken to hospital, No author, Jan. 27, 2014

Car crushed in a fatal truck accident in Pennsylvania

The sheer size and weight of a semi-truck can create significant amounts of damage with very little effort. A recent truck accident in Pennsylvania proved fatal for one man whose car was crushed under a tractor-trailer while he was stopped at a toll booth. This was a horribly tragic event that has likely left any surviving family members of the victim looking for answers.

The accident occurred earlier this month at an interstate toll booth in Williams Township. The victim was apparently stopped at one of the booths when he was rear ended by a semi. The semi supposedly pushed his car beyond the booth and ultimately ended up crushing the vehicle just before the truck caught on fire. The truck driver was able to escape from the cab of the truck; however, the driver of the car was killed in the collision. This incident shut down a section of the interstate for several hours while police and clean up crews worked the scene.

The semi driver was taken to the hospital for treatment of the injuries he suffered in the incident. It is reported that he is working with local authorities as they continue to investigate the crash. So far it is unknown if any criminal charges are pending in this matter.

Families who have lost a loved one in a truck accident are often left looking for answers, while at the same time grieving and trying to cope with their loss. This type of tragedy, aside from being emotionally difficult, can also come with financial challenges such as funeral expenses and loss of future earnings, just to name a few. If the family chooses, they may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim against both the driver and his respective employer in an effort to recoup any financial loss they have sustained. A Pennsylvania civil court — if liability is established — could grant the family monetary compensation for their loss.

Source: articles.mcall.com, Easton Interstate 78 tractor-trailer accident fire, Tracy Jordan and Pamela Lehman, Jan. 13, 2014

Truck accident in Pennsylvania injures driver

While accidents involving semis are often reported to involve smaller passenger vehicles, sometimes these accidents involve other semi-trucks. A recent truck accident in Pennsylvania — between not just two but three commercial trucks — sent two of the drivers to the hospital for medical treatment and shut down the Turnpike for several hours. Thankfully, no passenger vehicles were hit in the crash.

The collision occurred recently on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and caused significant traffic delays for the morning commute. While the initial crash took place in the eastbound lanes, one of the semis struck the barrier, sending debris into the westbound lanes. Two of the drivers were taken to the hospital for treatment. One was later released after a check-up but apparently did not sustain any injuries. The other driver was treated for a fractured leg and cuts to his face.

Local authorities are still trying to piece the events of this incident together. The cause of the accident has not been released. It is unknown if any of the truck drivers are facing charges in relation to the accident.

Vehicles involved in a truck accident can result in serious injury or fatality to their occupants. While it is currently unknown what led up to this particular accident, once the investigation is complete, the injured driver may be entitled to not only workers’ compensation, but also a personal injury claim against the driver deemed responsible for the crash. If one of the other truck drivers is found liable in the crash, a Pennsylvania civil court may grant him monetary compensation for his pain and suffering.

Source: abclocal.go.com, Pennsylvania Turnpike reopens after multi-truck crash, No author, Dec. 20, 2013

Pennsylvania family involved in a fatal truck accident

Understandably, accidents involving semis often result in severe injury or fatality to their victims. The sheer size and weight of these trucks can crush a smaller vehicle with little effort. A recent incident in Pennsylvania involving a commercial semi turned into a fatal truck accident, killing two people and sending another to the hospital with serious injuries.

The accident occurred northwest of Pittsburgh, when an Amish family out for a ride in their buggy was struck by the truck. The mother and daughter both were pronounced dead at the accident site while the husband was flown to a hospital nearby. The current condition of the surviving victim has not been released.

The driver of the truck was a 36-year-old man from Pulaski. It was not reported if he was injured in the incident. This investigation is still ongoing and it is unknown if any charges have been filed against the truck driver. Police have not indicated if drugs and/or alcohol are suspected in the cause of the crash.

A truck accident can be life-altering to the victims involved. A husband and father is now left recovering from his injuries and grieving the tragic loss of his family. If he chooses, the surviving victim may be entitled to file a personal injury claim for himself and a wrongful death claim for his lost family members against the truck driver and/or his respective employer. If the driver is found negligent in the cause of the crash and liability is affirmed by a Pennsylvania civil court, the victim could be awarded financial compensation to help recoup any monetary damages resulting from the accident.

Source: pennlive.com, Mother, daughter die in weekend truck vs. Amish buggy accident in Pa., John Luciew, Dec. 2, 2013

Pennsylvania Interstate closed after truck accident

Driving on an Interstate roadway can be frightening, no matter how many years of experience a person has behind the wheel. Far too many drivers are speeding or distracted, and semi drivers with bad visibility seem to take over several lanes. A recent truck accident in central Pennsylvania led to closing off a section of I-81 when a tractor-trailer reportedly struck a vehicle, injuring its two occupants.

The accident occurred near Guilford Township and closed both sides of the roadway for some time, causing major traffic delays. The truck driver apparently collided with the car while it was pulled off to the side of the Interstate. The occupants of the car both sustained serious injuries. Current conditions of both victims have not been released.

The truck driver fled the scene of the accident but was later found at a nearby gas station. It has not been reported if charges have been filed against the driver. It is also unknown as to whether drugs and/or alcohol were a factor in this crash.

Accidents involving big rigs often end in severe injury or fatality for any victims. Aside from any criminal charges this driver may face, the driver may also face personal injury claims from the victims. Those injured may choose to file a personal injury claim against the driver and/or the driver’s employer to seek recovery of any financial damages resulting from the truck accident. If liability is established before a Pennsylvania civil court, the victims could be awarded monetary compensation to help recover medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering and other items of damage recognized by our personal injury laws.

Source: abc27.com, I-81 partially reopens in central Pa. after crash, No author, Nov. 19, 2013

Brakes fail, causing truck accident in Pennsylvania

It is important for motorists to take good care of their vehicles in order to ensure the vehicles are safe to drive on the road. Regular maintenance and checkups can help to avoid an unfortunate accident caused by faulty parts on the vehicle. Unfortunately, one driver’s vehicle was not in good condition, which seems to have recently caused a truck accident in Pennsylvania.

The incident happened in mid-July when a pickup truck ended up driving off an overpass. The driver of the truck which ended up crashing onto a downtown street claimed his brakes failed on him. After investigating the incident, authorities had determined that the man’s brakes were indeed faulty.

Four people suffered injuries as a result of the incident. One person suffered serious injuries while the other three had injuries which were considered minor. Reports were not specific in detailing whether or not other vehicles had been affected by the truck crashing suddenly into the road that was 40 feet below the overpass. However, if some of the injuries suffered were from people in other vehicles, they may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver of the truck for negligence.

On the other hand, if the driver of the truck believes his auto mechanic may have been negligent while installing his brakes, the driver of the truck may be able to obtain monetary reimbursement through a civil lawsuit against the mechanic. Also, the manufacturer of the brake parts may also have some liability in causing the truck accident in Pennsylvania. However, in order for a plaintiff to prevail in court, he or she will have to be able to prove the facts they allege in accordance with applicable laws.

Source: pennlive.com, “Pickup truck with defective brakes plunges from Pa. overpass, leaving 4 injured,” Aug. 1, 2013

Fatal truck accident claims life of Pennsylvania pedestrian

When an accident occurs between a pedestrian and a vehicle, the results are often serious or deadly for the pedestrian. Sadly, a Pennsylvania woman died recently in a crosswalk after being hit by multiple vehicles, including a box truck. As the details of what happened begin to come to light, the victim’s family retains the right to pursue wrongful death litigation for this fatal truck accident.

The incident occurred as the 53-year-old pedestrian was attempting to cross the street in a crosswalk at an intersection. She was struck by a vehicle trying to turn left on the street where she was crossing. The driver of this vehicle told police that she fell into the eastbound lane and was hit by a box truck, which left the scene. The woman later died at the hospital from her injuries.

Police later found the box truck driver pulled off the road. An investigation of the undercarriage revealed evidence that the truck was possibly involved in the pedestrian vs. truck accident. The driver said he was in the area at the time of the incident, but he did not admit that he ran over the victim. Investigators later consulted a surveillance video, which confirmed the identity of the box truck. The truck driver was charged for failure to stop at the scene of a death or personal injury accident.

In addition to this felony charge, the truck driver and potentially his employer may face a wrongful death suit or a survival claim by the victim’s family if the evidence suggests that he contributed to or caused a fatal truck accident. In Pennsylvania, close family members of the deceased may be awarded compensation in a wrongful death suit to cover any costs incurred from the accident, including medical, funeral, burial and lost financial contributions. To prevail, however, the family will need to prove that the death of their loved one was caused by the negligence of another party to the accident.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Trucker arraigned in hit-run in Pittsburgh’s Strip neighborhood,” Molly Born, Dec. 13, 2012

Cause of Pennsylvania fatal truck accident yet to be released

There are a substantial number of reasons that can lead to a truck accident. Given these potential causes, Pennsylvania police may have a difficult task in understanding what caused a recent collision in the Lehigh Valley. Authorities have asked for the public’s assistance as they try and sort out the details surrounding a fatal truck accident that took the life of a 61-year-old man.

Police say the accident occurred around 9:52 p.m. when a car driven by the man was traveling west along a Pennsylvania road. At that time, a truck carrying diesel fuel was trying to make a turn onto the road to travel east. The vehicles then collided, which caused the truck to spill fuel all over the road.

The man was later pronounced dead. Police did not immediately release his identity. It is not clear whether the driver of the truck sustained any injuries. The accident remains under investigation, and police have asked for any individual who witnessed the accident to contact them.

Hopefully, in the days to come, Pennsylvania police will be able to sort out the information they have gathered to reach a conclusion as to what caused this fatal truck accident. If they do, this will likely be illustrated in their final report, a document which, upon request, can be provided to the victim’s family. Although this report does not provide conclusive proof of negligence, it may help the family of the deceased victim decide whether they wish to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the trucker. If they do, they will need to prove the truck driver negligently caused the collision which resulted in the tragic fatality.

Source: lehighvalleylive.com, “Upper Milford Township accident fatal to 61-year-old as car strikes turning truck, police report,” Tony Rhodin, Nov. 12, 2012

Pennsylvania Turnpike employee dies in truck accident

A Pennsylvania man lost his life in a tragic accident on the Turnpike. In a sad twist to this case, the man had actually worked on the Turnpike for the last 12 years. He died after a morning truck accident that involved a box truck and a work truck for the Turnpike.

The 66-year-old man died after a box truck overturned on the Turnpike. However, details surrounding the truck accident were scarce, and it is unknown exactly how the work truck was involved in the crash or if the victim was actually inside the work truck at the time. The accident trapped two of the box truck’s occupants and snarled traffic. The wreck blocked two eastbound lanes and caused a seven-mile stretch of road to close.

The man’s information was not released until later during the afternoon to ensure authorities had enough time to notify his family members. The man leaves behind his wife, two daughters and three grandchildren. He also served in Vietnam.

A truck accident like this can be hard to understand for family members left behind. The Pennsylvania car accident investigation takes time to complete, but it can help answer questions the family is likely to have. At this time, details about the accident are scarce, but if negligence is pointed to as a causal or contributing factor, the family may elect to pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver. While workers’ compensation death benefits likely apply for the victim’s family, the family also retains the right to bring a civil claim against the truck driver should it be documented that negligence on his part proximately caused the fatal crash. For now though, the investigation will have to run its course so they can get the answers they need to make a determination on their next steps.

Source: The Mercury, “West Norriton man dies in Turnpike accident,” Tony Fioriglio, Oct. 23, 2012

One life lost in truck accident with seven cars in Pennsylvania

Details concerning an accident in northern Pennsylvania that left one dead and several injured are coming in as the crash is investigated. The driver of a tractor-trailer told police that a tire blew out, which caused the fatal truck accident to begin. he says he tried to stabilize his vehicle prior to the accident. The investigation, however, uncovered additional information, which may aid in any future personal injury cases that may be filed.

Seven vehicles were involved, including the one driven by a 56-year-old man who was killed in the accident. Police reports point to several factors playing a part in the collision. The mechanical investigation revealed at least 20 percent of the truck’s brakes were not functioning properly. Reports indicate that two tires, not counting the one that supposedly had blown, were excessively worn. Further, the driver logs showed evidence that fatigue may have been a factor.

Police also checked the GPS in the truck to determine the speed at which he was traveling in a construction zone at the time of the accident. The GPS revealed that he was driving 63 mph at the time of impact and slowed to 3 mph in just 24 seconds, as the vehicle ricocheted between cars and pushed others off the highway. It is unfortunate that a man lost his life due to this accident; however, the outcome could have been much worse.

The July accident occurred on Highway 81. The trucker was arraigned in early October on 34 counts of various moving violations, along with one homicide by motor vehicle and three counts of aggravated assault by motor vehicle. A Pennsylvania judge set his bail at $50,000 and scheduled a preliminary hearing. The lives affected by this fatal truck accident will likely never be the same. Each injured party, as well as the family of the deceased victim, reserves the right to pursue civil claims for monetary damages based upon evidence that the accident was caused by the negligence of the truck driver. and the victims and family of the man killed may seek compensation for any medical bills, or loss of a family member.

Source: The Times-Tribune, “Police: Faulty equipment, driver’s excessive hours led to fatal crash,” Denis J. O’Malley, Oct. 12, 2012

Pennsylvania truck accident claims the life of 1 driver

Truck accidents are often devastating for the victims, along with their family members and loved ones. A recent Pennsylvania truck accident between two tractor trailers has unfortunately claimed the life of one of the truck drivers. Reportedly, the driver who survived had just entered the right lane of traffic after pulling into it from the right shoulder. After traveling approximately three-quarters of a mile in that lane, the second tractor trailer allegedly struck the first truck in the rear.

According to authorities, both semi trucks careened nearly 300 feet along the highway’s shoulder before plowing down an embankment. The second truck, which reportedly struck the first from behind, caught fire. Sadly, officials stated that the driver of that vehicle perished at the scene.

Fortunately for the other driver, he apparently suffered no injuries in the accident or subsequent plunge down the embankment. Authorities will likely now be investigating the truck accident, and what factors might have caused or contributed to the fatal accident. Unfortunately for the family of the driver who was slain, that may bring them little comfort, especially if the man left behind any dependent family members.

Pennsylvania law does provide the opportunity for surviving family of a truck accident fatality to file civil lawsuits against purportedly responsible parties. This allows them the chance to recover financial damages for the allegedly wrongful death of their loved one. Here, the issue of liability for this tragic accident will necessarily await the conclusion of any formal investigation into all of the facts and circumstances surrounding the deadly collision. While nothing will ever make up for the loss of a beloved family member, sometimes wrongful death suits can at least prevent a personal tragedy from becoming a financial one as well.

Source: wfmz.com, “Trucker killed in fiery crash on I-78 in Lehigh County,” Aug. 6, 2012

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