The second driver from a head-on crash that occurred on Route 36 in Logan Township on Wednesday has also died from his injuries. The driver of the truck, Lawrence Resig, 49, from Dysart, was taken to Pittsburgh for his injuries/burns where he later succumbed to those injuries. The crash closed Colonel Drake Highway/Route 36 for approximately five hours that day.  One person had already died and police say a truck collided with a van on Colonel Drake Highway, which is Route 36, about a half-mile south of Skyline Drive.

Truck dangers.

Pennsylvania is among the five states that have the highest number of truck accidents in the United States. Pennsylvania ranked fifth in the nation for the highest number of fatal truck collisions between 2015 and 2017 with 405 crashes. Texas was first with 1,358, followed by California, 846; Florida, 693 and Georgia, 514. Pennsylvania led the nation in fatal underride crashes – where a passenger vehicle slides under the back or sides of a large truck or trailer – with 118 crashes. No other state came close to matching that number. California ranked second with 89 fatal underrides. I-95, which connects to the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Philadelphia, is the third most fatal road in the nation for trucking crashes. 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 truck accident, whether it was a direct result of an impact crash, or other roadway danger.

Damage recovery.

Factors that will increase the likelihood of damage recovery involve a commercial driver’s compliance with state and federal laws and specific trucking restrictions, determination of fault, and the extent of losses through personal injury and property damage.  Contact legal counsel to assist with loss determination and legal action when necessary.

Insurance.

Federal regulations require tractor-trailer trucks to carry higher 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.  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.

Seek legal counsel.

Catastrophic harm stemming from truck accidents may include wrongful death claims, brain and spine injuries and amputations that cause long term medical costs and therapies.  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

Phone:  (412) 918-1241

Fax: (412) 235-7275

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

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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