Pennsylvania residents may have heard about an accident involving a tractor-trailer and two cars that killed five people in Georgia on May 19. The horrific accident occurred on I-16 west of Savannah near its junction with I-95.
On Jan. 13, 2014, a man accused of falling asleep while operating a tractor-trailer on Interstate 78 reportedly struck a 2000 Ford Taurus from behind, and the vehicles caught fire. The driver of the truck sustained no injuries, according to authorities, but the driver of the Taurus, a 65-year-old male, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
A Pennsylvania truck driver faces impending charges for being involved in a tractor-trailer accident with a car in South Lebanon Township, Lebanon County. The trucker had missed a turn that he intended to make, so he continued down the road and tried to turn around to go back. In the process, according to a police news release, the semi-truck blocked both lanes of SR 419.
A Pennsylvania woman died as a result of an accident when a box truck rear-ended her car on Jan. 16. Police reportedly detained the man who was driving the truck.
People who use the highways in Pennsylvania may be interested in some data about large truck accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released statistics about fatal and nonfatal truck accidents that took place across the United States in 2012. According to the NHTSA, there were 4 percent more fatal truck accidents in 2012 than there were in 2011.
A three-vehicle accident in Marion Township resulted in the deaths of two people on Nov. 22. Pennsylvania State Police say that the crash happened on Interstate 80 at mile marker 170 around 4:30 p.m.
A man was sentenced on Nov. 10 for his role in causing an accident that killed two twins in Pennsylvania. The accident occurred in October 2011 on Interstate 84 as the twins were driving to New York to celebrate their 40th birthdays.
Transporting freight in large trucks is a vital part of the Pennsylvania economy. However, when large truck drivers don't take proper safety precautions, truck accidents can endanger other drivers. Driving a tractor-trailer over long distances can result in severe driver fatigue. Research has shown that hundreds of deaths that occur each year are attributable to large truck drivers who operate their vehicles while suffering from exhaustion and fatigue.
A fatal semi-truck accident occurred during the morning of Oct. 4, 2012 in Allentown, and the wife of the deceased is seeking damages of more than $75,000 in a wrongful death action. The lawsuit claims a negligent driver of a big rig caused her husband's death. She also named the truck driver's employers and the companies that contracted the driver's work in the suit for failing to provide better training and supervision.
A multi-truck accident on the Philadelphia interstate has led to the death of one man and injury of several others. Reports also suggest that two of the vehicles caught fire.