As professionals, ordinary drivers expect truck drivers to operate their vehicles safely. It is not just that they are being paid to do so, but they have also gone through trainings and have considerably more experience driving than the average person on the road. Not only that, but tractor-trailers are huge and, fully-loaded, they can cause considerable damage to a car, pickup truck, SUV or motorcycle.
Sadly, not all truckers are safe, and it seems that it was a trucker's negligence that recently caused a horrific crash in Berks County. The Lehigh Valley Express-Times reports that the seven-vehicle accident happened on Interstate 78 East earlier in the week. The truck driver apparently failed to notice that the traffic ahead of him had slowed and he smashed into a 52-year-old Allentown man's car.
The Allentown man's car immediately caught fire and the man died. His car was also pushed forward, smashing into another vehicle which then caught fire. The driver and passenger, both of York, were also unable to get out of their vehicles. In total, three people died even though seven vehicles were involved.
It is unclear how many people were injured.
There is no indication as to why the trucker failed to recognize that he needed to slow down. The accident happened in the early afternoon, so light should not have been an issue. Whatever the reason, it will likely only go to confirm his negligence. Should the families of those killed wish to file wrongful death claims, they will need proof of that negligence to win their cases.
Source: The Lehigh Valley Express-Times, "Allentown man among dead in fiery Interstate 78 crash in Berks County," Tony Rhodin, May 14, 2014