Emergency crews responded to the scene of a vehicle accident involving a tractor-trailer and another vehicle on Route 228 near its intersection with Hepler Road. According to Butler County 911 dispatch correspondence, one person had to be flown from the scene of a crash in Butler County after being freed from the burning vehicle. 911 dispatchers say the call for a crash involving a semi-truck and a car on Sarver Road in Buffalo Township came in at 1:16 Friday afternoon. Dispatchers say the crash brought down live wires, forcing a closure of Sarver Road.

Pennsylvania truck crashes.

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, tight schedules, dangerous cargo loads and driver fatigue to name a few. A tractor-trailer is approximately 65 feet in length and can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded, causing any type of crash between it and another moving vehicle, stationary object, or person to suffer catastrophic injury, or death. Occasionally, driver errors are caused by fatigue due to the deadline-imposed trucking industry business, safety violations, or overloaded cargo that may increase the chance of a truck accident.  Contact an attorney regarding personal injury, property damage, or loss of life from a truck accident to determine if negligence played a part and if legal action is required.

Insurance.

The state of Pennsylvania requires a tractor trailer truck to carry a much higher minimum liability insurance policy than a typical automobile, and is dependent on they type of freight and the location where it is hauled.  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 individuals who are found to be more than 50% responsible for an accident will not be able to recover compensation. A truck accident attorney can explain Pennsylvania’s  “modified comparative negligence” rule to accident victims as it impacts damage recovery.

Hire a lawyer.

Injuries and damages stemming from semi-truck accidents can be catastrophic and deadly.   An experienced truck accident lawyer can research the facts of the case, utilizing knowledge of federal carrier laws and how they impact personal injury lawsuits.  The experienced legal professionals of Scanlon & Wojton Attorneys at Law can assist individuals who have been involved in accidents with large trucks to recover necessary compensation for damages.

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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