Residents in some areas of Pennsylvania may be quite used to sharing the road with all kinds of vehicles, including Amish buggies. On many roads, we see the horse-drawn carriages traveling slower than motorized traffic and with reflective signing on the back to warn other motorists that they are there. We see them and we know we should be cautious driving around them.
However, just because something is on the road does not mean a driver will see it and take steps to avoid hitting it. In many cases, negligent drivers who are distracted, impaired or fatigued behind the wheel fail to avoid hitting another vehicle and end up causing a serious accident. These crashes can be catastrophic, especially when one of the vehicles is a large semi truck.
Commercial-sized trucks are heavy, powerful pieces of machinery. Even when they are not fully loaded with cargo, their size makes them a serious threat to other motorists on the road, so it is crucial that truck drivers operate their vehicle with extreme caution.
One trucker failed to do this recently when he crashed his rig into an Amish buggy traveling on the side of a Pennsylvania road. A man, his wife and their 11-year-old daughter were inside the horse-drawn buggy when the truck smashed into the rear of the carriage. Although the man survived the crash, his wife and daughter were killed.
It is not known what factors contributed to this accident yet, as the investigation has not been completed. However, in similar accidents involving a truck striking the rear of another vehicle, it is discovered that the trucker had fallen asleep behind the wheel or was distracted by a cellphone. In this case, it is also possible that the truck driver was impaired and could not react fast enough to avoid hitting the buggy.
Victims of truck accidents like this one often suffer devastating or fatal injuries because of the force with which they are hit by a much larger vehicle. It is important for victims and their families to remember, though, that they have the right to hold a negligent driver accountable for the significant damages that often result from these types of accidents. Compensation cannot undo a crash, but it can help people recover from the accident and cover lost wages, medical bills, funeral expenses and other related costs.
Source: Examiner, "Amish buggy accident kills 2, injures 1 after truck cab collides with carriage," Roz Zurko, Dec. 1, 2013