Pennsylvania – July 20, 2021

Motor vehicle commuters share the heavily used Pennsylvania Roadways of Interstate 76, Route 222, Route 309, and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, with large numbers of bustling commercial trucks navigating their way to delivery and work locations.  This type of pattern adds to the increase in motor vehicle accidents involving large trucks which can cause catastrophic property damage and grave bodily injury.  A multi-vehicle collision occurred during the afternoon commute outside of Philadelphia on July 20, between a dump truck and four automobiles resulting in what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries.  It is always best for accident victims to seek medical attention for hidden injuries such as those that might damage the spine, or cause internal brain harms.  Accident victims should consult with a personal injury lawyer after a multi-vehicle crash involving a truck so they can help with insurance claims, or formal litigation if it is warranted.

Truck size.

A dump truck can weigh 80,000 pounds and some of them may carry an additional 280,000 pounds.  Collisions with dump trucks can result in severe property damage to a vehicle and cause catastrophic bodily harm in many cases.  The height of a commercial dump truck usually protects its driver, but the passenger vehicle height is close to the engine of the truck which may injure occupants of other vehicles.  Commercial driver errors may be caused by fatigue, safety violations, or overloaded cargo. Accident victims should contact an attorney regarding personal injury, property damage, or loss of life resulting from a dump truck accident to determine if negligence played a part and if formal legal action is required.

Regulations and insurance.

There are state and federal regulations that require large trucks to be inspected and maintained on a regular basis.  The state of Pennsylvania requires commercial trucks to carry a much higher minimum liability insurance policy than a passenger vehicle.  A truck accident attorney can explain Pennsylvania’s  “modified comparative negligence” rule, where an individual can still recover damages in a personal injury lawsuit, but the amount of compensation will be reduced by their percentage of fault, and a plaintiff can only seek damages from the defendant if they are less than 51 percent at fault.

Causes of dump truck accidents.

  • Poor weather conditions can hamper maneuverability,
  • Lane crossovers may occur causing a head-on collision,
  • Short braking distances can impact the ability of the dump truck with its heavy weight to stop in time when quick action is required,
  • Rollover, or tipping can occur when the cargo load is unbalanced,
  • Backing up can be dangerous because there is limited visibility,
  • Work zones are dangerous because heavy construction trucks may be entering, or exiting the roadway and are not able to get up to the speed of moving traffic in a timely manner.

Fatal injury.

In Pennsylvania, family members, or legal representatives must file a wrongful death legal action to secure compensation when a loved one dies because of the negligent, reckless, or deliberate act of another.  A Pennsylvania personal injury attorney can assist with the recovery of damages in these lawsuits that may include medical bills, funeral, and burial expenses, lost wages, and compensation for pain and suffering.

Seek legal counsel.

Trucking accidents are complex and often require involved research including collecting and reviewing trucking company records, maintenance, and travel logs, along with certificates of health for drivers and other records or police reports that can shed light on the cause of the accident.  Call an accident attorney in the Philadelphia area to determine “fault” and actions toward a legal proceeding to address any damages and injuries sustained.  Accident victims should seek the assistance of an experienced truck accident lawyer who will fight for their right to compensation.

PhillyLaw, LLC

2021 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Phone: (215) 515-2050

 

Sources:

https://www.fox29.com/news/multi-vehicle-crash-on-i-76-in-king-of-prussia

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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