Many large trucks can be seen driving on Pennsylvania’s roadways daily, transporting goods to help keep America functioning and products available to millions of consumers. But tractor-trailers are very large and require a large bubble of space and constant diligence to operate, and those who travel around these large commercial vehicles must be aware of the dangers. Blind spots on the truck can be deadly for those unsuspecting smaller vehicles, and pedestrians often misinterpret the speed at which these larger trucks can travel. Pedestrians fare far worse than cars should they meet a large truck while it is moving, as the resulting tractor-trailer accident is often deadly.
A man was struck by a tractor-trailer around 10:30 a.m. at a busy intersection. The 60-year-old pedestrian was standing on the side of the road when he was hit and fell into the road. First responders arriving on the scene reported that the pedestrian was initially unresponsive.
The injured man was transported to a local hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries. The tractor-trailer driver appears to not have been at fault, as witnesses claim that he was in the correct driving lane and was not speeding at the time of incident. Testing for the driver will be completed to see if there was underlying circumstances that may have contributed to the unfortunate event.
When a tractor-trailer accident occurs, the results can be deadly. Pennsylvania motorists and pedestrians should allow space for the large vehicles to maneuver. Should one find that he or she or a loved one is the victim of a negligent truck driver, seeking the advice and legal guidance of an attorney is advisable.
Source: wfmz.com, “Man struck by tractor-trailer in southwest Reading“, Katiera Winfrey, March 12, 2018