A Pennsylvania man was killed, and his passenger was severely injured when the SUV they were riding in slid under the rear of a disabled tractor-trailer.

York, PA- Commercial trucks have a high profile, so there is always a danger that a passenger auto can slide underneath a rig in a rear-impact collision. The injuries incurred in these types of truck crashes can be fatal and sometimes gruesome. A recent truck crash in Pennsylvania is an example of the worse that can happen in rear-end impact accidents.

Man Dies After His SUV Becomes Wedged Under Parked Semi

Pennsylvania State Police say that a 68-year-old man died Sunday, January 7, 2018, when his SUV became wedged under an unoccupied tractor-trailer parked on the shoulder of the eastbound lanes of Interstate 78 in Upper Macungie Township, Leigh High Valley Live reports.

Around 12:00 p.m., the SUV hit the rear of the disabled semi, causing his vehicle to get beneath the back of the rig. Emergency crews had to cut the two SUV occupants out of the wreckage.

The driver of the SUV was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger was critically injured and rushed to a local hospital, according to WFMZ-TV.

The accident is still under investigation, the TV station reports.

Rear- End Crashes Involving Commercial Trucks

A rear-end crash at highway speed runs the risk of being deadly regardless of the vehicles involved, but there is an additional risk for passenger vehicle motorists if they strike the rear of a truck. That’s the risk sliding under a big rig and getting wedged underneath. Victims can suffer severe head trauma, neck injuries, and spinal injuries. More horrific incidents can result in decapitation.

Trucks are required to have underride guards, also known as Mansfield bars, on the rear to stop accidents like the Pennsylvania crash, but too often those guards fail. If an underride guard failed because it didn’t meet federal standards or was structurally weak because of damage or rust, some liability may fall on the truck’s owner.

A trucker or the company they work may also be liable for the crash if they failed to make their truck visible to passing motorists. In the daytime, that isn’t usually a problem, but a curve or another vehicle may obstruct a driver’s view.

When it is dark, a truck driver needs to turn on the emergency lights. Automotive Fleet magazine recommends truckers leave on the headlights and turn on the dome light in the cab. Some drivers carry emergency kits that include flares and reflective triangles to increase visibility.

Passenger vehicle motorists need to be conscientious of how close they get to the rear or an 18-wheeler, tanker or other large truck. No motorist should tailgate another vehicle and need to keep a safe stopping distance away from a commercial truck.

Were you in a truck accident in York? Do you want to file an injury claim? If so, contact Mooney & Associates and arrange a case evaluation.

Meet with a Truck Accident Lawyer in York, Pennsylvania

You may be entitled to compensation if you are the victim of a negligent truck driver. If you want to talk about your case and find out what you need to do to recover compensation, you can locate a trucking accident lawyer in Pennsylvania here at USAttorneys.com and arrange a case evaluation.

Mooney & Associates is a law firm serving truck accident victims in York, Pennsylvania and will give your case the attention it deserves. When you enlist their help with your injury claim, they will strive for the best outcome and explore every avenue they can to get maximum compensation. You can reach one of their attorneys by visiting their website.