Accidents involving commercial trucks can cause serious injuries to motorists. Commercial trucks can be dangerous on the Pittsburgh roadways due to their extensive size and weight. When these vehicles are speeding, their danger is even more pronounced. Despite this danger, many truck drivers exceed the design limits on the tires of these commercial vehicles. That's why the Department of Transportation has developed a new proposal to help prevent future truck accidents.
From 18-wheelers to tractor-trailers, trucks of all kinds traveling along our East Coast highways are at a risk to be involved in a fatal accident. These trucks are often much larger in size than passenger vehicles. They also tend to carry large quantities of goods, making them much heavier than the average passenger vehicle. These differences in size and weight can turn otherwise minor road accidents into serious, life-threatening accidents. Many accidents occur because a truck driver fails to safely operate his vehicle. The U.S. Department of Transportation has implemented regulations to ensure that truck drivers and trucking companies don't put other motorists at risk for injury.
While all road accidents can be have tragic results, those involving commercial trucks can be particularly devastating. Trucks are harder to control and therefore harder to stop than other vehicles due to their large size and heavy weight. When a 50,000-pound truck crashes into a small passenger vehicle, the damages are likely to be severe.
A horrific 17-car pileup on Interstate 80 this afternoon in Clarion County left two people dead and injured at least thirty more. It has been reported that the visibility was nearly zero after back-to-back white out snow squalls from Lake Effect snow. Car accidents like this must be thoroughly investigated so that all parties involved are evaluated for their
Truck accidents on the Pittsburgh roadways have unfortunately become all too common. Since 2009, 14,000 people have died as a result of big-rig truck accidents. Accident rates vary between states due to differences in terrain and weather patterns, as well as irregularity of enforcement.
Many accidents, unfortunately, occur on the streets and highways of Pittsburgh. While some of these accidents involve passenger vehicles, but many of the more serious accidents involve commercial trucks. Truck accidents involving tractor-trailers, cement mixers and coal trucks cause a number of severe injuries and deaths of many people every year.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 9.7 percent of vehicles involved in deadly accidents in Pennsylvania were large trucks. These trucks make up nearly 5 percent of the nation's total number of trucks involved in fatal accidents. Truck accidents have become concern all over the country due to the number of fatalities. Statistics show that approximately 3,921 people were killed and over 100,000 people were injured in 2012 large truck accidents.
Most of our readers know by now that actor Tracy Morgan was involved in a serious accident involving a commercial truck. This case has shown that many drivers do not realize that commercial trucks can be especially dangerous. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, large truck crashes resulted in just under 5,000 deaths and over 100,000 injuries in 2006. Commercial trucks can weigh over 25 times as much as a passenger vehicle and can carry hazardous or flammable materials. Because of this, truck accidents are highly likely to result in serious and fatal injuries.
A recent blog post about the tragic accident involving actor Tracy Morgan focused on a common cause of fatal car accidents: fatigued drivers. In that accident, a Walmart truck driver rear-ended Morgan's limo bus, killing one man and severely injuring Morgan and others. The driver had reportedly been awake for over 24-hours at the time of the crash.
The dangers of semi-trucks on the highway were brought to light by a recent accident on the East Coast involving comedian Tracy Morgan. The wreck occurred earlier this month when a Wal-Mart truck rear-ended Morgan's limo-van on the New Jersey turnpike. Morgan's friend and fellow comedian, James McNair, was killed while Morgan and three others were critically injured. Morgan suffered a broken leg and other injuries, but his condition seems to be improving.