Truck safety rules are generally enforced by state authorities, including in Pennsylvania. A trucking company can sustain penalties and restrictions if it fails to comply with all safety regulations or where its vehicles are involved in an inordinate number of accidents within a state. One company with a questionable record became embroiled in additional safety inquiries after one of its tractor trailers was involved in a serious truck accident.
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In December of this year, a new law is scheduled to go into effect that relates, in part, to increasing the safety of the highways for all motorists. There are several large trucking companies that support the new law, saying it can help reduce the risk of a serious truck accident. The new law would affect truckers in every state, including Pennsylvania.
The majority of Pennsylvania motorists likely assume that the federal government has strict regulations that determine the physical requirements truckers must meet in order to safely operate their large commercial vehicles. However, other than a few definite disqualifications, the physical fitness of an individual may have been decided based on a handbook that was deleted from the agency's website two years ago. Not having a standardized handbook could possibly result in an innocent family suffering physical injuries in a tragic tractor trailer accident.
People all over the country praise the benefits that technology has brought into their daily lives. However, this same technology used at the wrong time can lead to the risk of lives being lost due to a fatal car or truck accident. There are many Pennsylvania families who have lost loved ones due to these easily preventable crashes.
Many Pennsylvania residents enjoy taking trips by bus, as it can alleviate much of the stress of driving long distances. In fact, the majority of these passengers likely never consider the possibility of becoming victims in a semi-truck accident. Unfortunately, these terrifying collisions can occur without any prior warning.
Those who are employed in occupations that require regular work along busy roadways are no doubt aware of the possible hazards. As a result, they likely work as diligently and quickly as possible in order to minimize the risks they may face from potential dangers such as a tractor-trailer accident. Unfortunately, neither efficiency nor experience was able to save the life of one Pennsylvania man.
A life-changing event can occur without warning and can have lasting repercussions. However, the wheels of justice can sometimes move much slower -- especially in regards to investigations into serious accidents. Although the fatal tractor trailer accident happened two years ago in Pennsylvania, officials recently charged a driver for his role in the wreck.
It is likely that Pennsylvania customers do not ponder how that new appliance arrived on the showroom floor; they are simply pleased to have a selection to choose from. However, the majority of the goods available for purchase at retail stores arrived there via truck. Recently, a news journal highlighted some of the struggles that plague port truckers which can lead to a serious truck accident.
Sharing the Pennsylvania highways with increased numbers of tractor-trailers may be intimidating under the best of circumstances. However, if that trucker has been drinking, then the ingredients for a horrific truck accident may exist. These wrecks can have a devastating impact on the victims' lives.
Truckers provide a valuable service as they deliver the products that are needed for our modern lives. However, there is a downside to all of this traffic as it leads to the higher risk of you being involved in a serious truck accident. The lives of many Pennsylvania residents have been forever changed by these tragic accidents.