Each year, thousands of people are killed as a result of big rigs on the roadways. Large trucks, including commercial trucks, tractor-trailers, cement mixers, and coal trucks, tend to be harder to navigate than passenger vehicles due to their size and weight.
Due to their large size and heavy loads, trucks can cause a great deal of damage and injury in a Pittsburgh accident. Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently reported that the number of fatalities caused by collisions with large trucks has decreased nationwide. In 2014, the number of truck accident deaths dropped 5 percent, making the total number of truck accident fatalities for 2014 just over 3,900.
Researchers have shown time and time again that truck driver fatigue can play a significant role in motor vehicle accidents. In fact, drowsy driving plays a role in 328,000 accidents each year, including many throughout Pennsylvania.
Each year, countless Pittsburgh motorists are involved in tragic truck accidents on the highways. Commercial vehicles are considerably larger than the average person's vehicle and can cause severe damages when involved in an accident. For this reason, commercial trucks are regulated by federal and state laws. These laws ensure that truck companies and their drivers follow standard protocol when operating one of these trucks.
Pennsylvania residents who have been involved in a big rig accident may have suffered serious injuries. In addition to physical and emotional injuries, these victims may be suffering financially as the medical bills pile up. If the truck driver was at-fault for the accident, the victims may be able to recover damages in court. These damages will help victims get back on their feet and focus on the healing process.
Truck drivers are responsible for a number of pedestrian accidents and car accidents that occur in Pittsburgh. Commercial truck accidents, whether they involve other cars or pedestrians, can cause some of the most devastating injuries of all.
In 2014, over 6,600 large trucks were involved in both fatal and non-fatal accidents in Pennsylvania. Out of those 6,600, nearly 450 of them occurred in Alleghany County. These numbers are considerably higher than the last couple of years.
Readers of this blog are probably well aware that big rigs can pose a significant threat to Pennsylvania motorists. Their sheer size can be deadly in the event of a truck accident, and even those who are fortunate enough to survive such a wreck can be left with serious injuries or permanent disability. Yet, when truck accidents are discussed, they are often mentioned in a way that leads people to believe that these wrecks are caused mainly by head-on collisions or side-swipes. Unfortunately, rear-end accidents can be just as devastating.
It may still be months before South Carolina investigators will learn what happened to cause a five-vehicle accident involving commercial trucks that killed five people, including a 7-month-old and a couple from Johnstown, PA.