The state of Pennsylvania has strict laws prohibiting the use of cell phones and other mobile devices while driving. Though it can be tempting to check an alert, answer a call, or find a gas station while driving, drivers must use an appropriate hands-free device or safely pull over before doing so. Drivers may think these rules are a bit too strict, but research proves that even a few seconds of distracted driving can cause a fatal car or truck accident.
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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.
Residents of Pennsylvania are certainly not unfamiliar with sharing the roads with large trucks. Several major highways run through the state and are part of the network of roads that keep our country running, shipping goods all over the United States. Unfortunately, some local roads are not equipped to handle the size and speed of modern trucks, and have become hot spots for a potential truck accident.
Motorists in Pennsylvania share the roadways with all kinds of big rigs. Due to the sheer size of these vehicles, occupants of any car that is involved in a truck accident have little chance of escaping unscathed. Malfunctioning equipment causes some accidents, and the slightest equipment error can cause devastating crashes. When such a collision results in a civil lawsuit, possible liable parties can include the vehicle manufacturer, the mechanic who repaired the truck or installed the defective part, the trucking company responsible for refurbishing the part and the sales entity.
Moving products and goods from one location to another is what keeps America's economy moving. Transporting large, heavy and sometimes hazardous materials can be dangerous sometimes, but drivers are well-versed in how to travel and secure the cargo safely to avoid any mishaps. Should a truck driver utilizing the Pennsylvania roadways fail to heed his or her on-the-road training, a truck accident can occur that could put others in serious danger.
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.
Operating a large tractor-trailer takes diligence and an awareness of what is around the large vehicle. Understanding the limitations of a big rig and the damage that it can cause is paramount to becoming a licensed owner or operator. When drivers fail to heed caution, a truck accident can occur. Four Pennsylvania motorists were unfortunate enough to be near the errant driver of a Freightliner and became involved in a crash.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike is well-known by those in the area as a dangerous drive. High rates of speed, especially with regard to tractor-trailers, and the number of cars on the Turnpike at any given time can make traveling this route a difficult one. A tractor-trailer accident is unfortunately, all too common and can be the fault of either driver.
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.
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.