Tractor-trailers and large commercial vehicles help to transport needed goods throughout the country. The problem is that over 80,000 injury crashes alone occur each year with tractor-trailers and commercial trucks. Unfortunately, these accidents tend to cause significant injuries and fatalities due to the sheer size and weight of 18-wheelers compared to cars.
Earlier this week, an accident occurred on Lancaster Road in Penn Township between a car and a tractor-trailer. The car was traveling northbound when the driver drifted into oncoming southbound traffic, causing the car to crash head-on into the tractor-trailer.
The driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene but the two passengers, an 18 month old and a 3 year old, were rescued and taken to the hospital. The driver of the tractor-trailer was also taken to the hospital where he was reported as having minor injuries.
Currently, an investigation is still ongoing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by this tragic accident during this difficult time.
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It is important to always be attentive when driving, even more critical when on the road with tractor-trailers and other large commercial vehicles. Factors that motorists need to keep in mind are that tractor-trailers are:
- Large in size – the size of a tractor-trailer affects its ability to swerve and avoid obstacles on the road, making them more susceptible to serious accidents.
- Heavy in weight – on average, a tractor-trailer alone weighs 25x more than a car; so adding cargo only increases its weight. This added weight increases momentum of 18-wheelers, making it more difficult for drivers to slow down quickly. Because of the increased momentum and inability to come to a stop quickly, the impact when it hits something in its path is often detrimental and severe.
And when around tractor-trailers motorists should:
- Give Extra Space – Always give extra space when driving near a big rig or large commercial vehicle. Do not tailgate, and keep a good distance in case of a sudden stop. Additionally when a tractor-trailer needs to make a left or right hand turn, they need much more room than other motor vehicles. Therefore when you are stopped at a light, try to give extra space in front, in case a big rig or truck needs to turn in your direction.
- Pass With Care – Make sure that you always use your signals when passing an 18-wheeler or large commercial vehicle. They have blind spots so always be aware and try to be seen. You can do so by flashing your lights to show you are passing.
We all need to drive safely. Always keep your hands on the wheel, your eyes on the road, and do not ever use a mobile device when driving.
If you or a loved one is injured in an accident with a tractor-trailer that was not your fault, call Freeburn Hamilton at 717-777-7777 for help. One of our experienced Pennsylvania Tractor Trailer Accident Attorneys will speak with you for free and explain your rights. We will fight hard to seek the maximum recovery to help cover all of your losses.
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