Buffalo Township, PA- The Northeast has been pummeled by snow and ice for the past few weeks, creating hazardous road conditions which have led to numerous traffic accidents throughout the region. Many of accident victims have managed to walk away with minor injuries, but one Wednesday accident proved fatal for one truck driver.
Action News 4 reports that the accident took place early Tuesday morning on Interstate 70 between Claysville and Taylorstown. According to the station, the driver of a double tractor-trailer began to slide before it jack-knifed. After coming to a stop, the driver of the truck, 53 year-old Brad Collins of Ohio, got out of his vehicle to assess the damage when he was struck by a second tractor-trailer.
The second tractor-trailer, which was carrying steel beams then plunged down an embankment, coming to rest about 100 feet from the highway in a stream.
Bystanders tried to administer aid to Collins, who was thrown onto the center median of interstate and he was flown to a local hospital for treatment. He was pronounced dead about five hours after the initial collision, according to the Observer-Reporter.
Amazingly, the driver of the second-tractor trailer was not seriously injured and managed to walk away from the accident. He was treated for minor injuries.
One witness to the accident told Action News 4 that the bridge was covered in ice and he barely missed striking the jack-knifed truck.
That accident caused interstate 1-70 to be backed up for several hours. Traffic problems were exacerbated by another accident, which occurred later on Tuesday, and involved two tractor-trailers and a passenger vehicle.
When it comes to truck accidents, driver error is the most common cause and can tragic consequences for the victims involved. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration states that fatigue accounts for 18 percent of all truck accidents with driving too fast for conditions accounts for 23 percent of truck accidents.
Truck accident victims are urged to consult with one of our skilled truck accident attorneys to determine if they are eligible for compensation. With an attorney on your side, you know that someone is fighting vigorously for your rights and will do what is necessary to secure a fair settlement on your behalf.
If driver error is the cause of a devastating accident, the at-fault truck driver may be liable for the injuries of property damage that results from their actions. Some truck accident victims are more fortunate than others and don’t suffer catastrophic injuries. But not all victims are that lucky and suffering injuries that can leave temporarily or permanently disabled, making it impossible for them to work or take care of their own needs. Truck accident victims who suffer from a disabling injury may be dependent on others for their basic care. These victims deserve to be generously compensated for their pain and suffering.
By enlisting one of our talented truck accident attorneys, victims can have peace of mind knowing that they will get a fair and just settlement that reflects the nature of their injuries and the suffering they must endure.