In previous posts here, we have discussed the reasons why truck accidents can be so problematic. It's a matter of physics: A more massive object like a semi-trailer truck can easily destroy smaller objects in its path. This is why it's so important for semi-trailers to be driven by well-trained, unimpaired drivers who are paying attention to the road. The consequences can be simply appalling if this isn't the case. A tragic multi-vehicle crash here in Berks County brings home the importance of safe truck operation.
The accident happened on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on September 27. Around mid-morning, a tractor-trailer rear-ended a passenger car as traffic was slowing down near a work zone, according to police. The collision set off a chain reaction crash involving a total of four vehicles. Tragically, one driver was killed in the crash. Two other people were injured as well.
The driver of the semi-trailer was uninjured in the crash. He was cited by police for speeding. The Pennsylvania Turnpike had to be shut down for several hours, forcing motorists to take a lengthy detour.
Truck drivers are required to keep a proper lookout while driving. This enables them to watch out for things such as speed limits, work zones and heavy traffic. There may be any number of reasons why a driver might not keep a proper lookout. These reasons may range from intoxication to using a cellphone while driving, adjusting the radio while driving or other kinds of distracted driving. Truck driver fatigue is another possibility.
Depending on the circumstances, a truck accident victim - or their surviving family members - may have a negligence claim against the truck driver or trucking company.
Source: 69 News, "Police ID woman killed in 4-vehicle crash on Pa. Turnpike," Sept. 28, 2017