With the amount of traffic that makes its way through Pennsylvania each summer ever-increasing, the upkeep of the state’s roads is an important task. This can be a dangerous job, as PennDot workers often find themselves standing alongside highway traffic, often in construction zones or other altered traffic patterns. When people are exposed on the open road, every precaution must be taken to avoid a truck accident.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation utilizes a large vehicle called a crash truck. The truck is situated between traffic and workers, and is equipped with lights and flags meant to alert drivers to be careful and provide a barrier between people and vehicles. Recently, a tractor-trailer slammed into a crash truck.
The driver of the crash truck suffered serious injuries. He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Had the crash truck not been hit, the big rig would have almost certainly hit the people who were working in the road just beyond it. PennDot has since asked the public to use extra caution when traveling through construction zones, because this is the second incident of this nature this year.
Due to the size of the vehicles involved, a truck accident can have particularly serious consequences. Human beings are no match for a large vehicle traveling at highway speeds. When a person becomes the victim of a truck accident, they may find the aftermath overwhelming. Medical bills, physical rehabilitation and seeking compensation for damages are some of the things a victim may be faced with. In such cases, an attorney may be able to help expedite the process of recovery and justice.