A tractor-trailer hit a bridge on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and caught fire Tuesday morning. The westbound turnpike was closed between the Cranberry and Beaver Valley exits, until bridge inspectors determined the bridge was safe to drive on. A section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike reopened Tuesday afternoon between the New Castle and Cranberry exits after crews repaired a bridge that was struck by a tractor-trailer. Turnpike spokeswoman Renee Vid Colborn said there were no injuries when the rig hit the bridge and caught fire. Colborn said state police told turnpike officials two incidents led to the crash. She said the first involved an SUV that spun out on the bridge. The second crash was between the tractor-trailer and a commercial concrete truck.  Colborn said those two vehicles collided while attempting to avoid the SUV.  The tractor-trailer then hit the bridge and caught on fire.

Truck accidents.

Pennsylvania is among the five states that have the highest number of truck accidents in the United States.  Commercial truck company drivers are involved in accidents for a multitude of reasons including time spent on roadways, schedules, cargo loads and driver fatigue to name a few.  A skilled personal injury attorney can help sort out any claim for damages arising out of commercial truck accident, whether it was a direct result of an impact crash or other roadway danger.

Insurance.

Federal regulations require tractor-trailer trucks to carry various levels of insurance coverage, based on the transported cargo. The state of Pennsylvania requires a tractor trailer truck to carry a much higher minimum liability insurance policy than a typical automobile. The amount you need depends on what freight you haul and where you haul it. If you never cross state lines, you must get a PA PUC # and have a minimum amount of insurance including general freight at $750,000, oil transport at $1,000,000, Hazmat at $5,000.000, Liability at $300,000 and Cargo Insurance at $5,000 per vehicle.

Pennsylvania utilizes the 51% rule, whereby an injured person can be up to 50% responsible for an accident and still collect damages in a Pennsylvania personal injury claim but if you were more than 50% responsible for the accident, you are not able to recover compensation for your accident expenses.

Seek legal counsel.

Injuries and damages stemming from truck accidents can be costly.  Contact an experienced truck accident lawyer to fight for your rights. The laws and regulations related to the trucking industry can be difficult to understand, but the experienced legal professionals of Scanlon & Wojton Attorneys at Law can assist you with any potential claim for damages resulting from a truck accident.

Scanlon & Wojton, Attorneys at Law

The Mitchell Building
304 Ross Street, Suite 510
Pittsburgh, Pa 15219

 

Phone:  (412) 918-1241

Fax: (412) 235-7275

 

Sources:

https://www.iihs.org/topics/fatality-statistics/detail/state-by-state

https://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/LI/CT/HTM/42/00.071.002.000..HTM

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/data-and-statistics/large-truck-and-bus-crash-facts

https://www.nhtsa.gov/

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