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Semi-trucks and winter road conditions can spell disaster

Pennsylvania is a crossroads for interstate truck traffic. Big rigs heading west or south from the big cities of the Northeast - or driving toward them - most often must pass through Pennsylvania. And every year, the Keystone State sees several deadly truck accidents on its highways and interstates. These accidents can be particularly dangerous when winter weather conditions make driving treacherous for all, but especially for bigger trucks that require greater stopping distances.

In the winter of 2018, several people have already been killed in accidents involving big rigs. A recent tractor-trailer crash on Interstate 80, in Monroe County, involved multiple other vehicles and killed one person. Five others were hospitalized with injuries, and the eastbound lanes of the interstate were closed for several hours. These types of accidents underscore the need to drive with caution when the weather is less than ideal.

It's not that tractor trailers are themselves inherently dangerous, but circumstances can create conditions in which they become deadly. Whether it's winter weather or something else, like driver fatigue, the size and weight of big trucks means that they take longer and require more space to come to a complete stop. It also means that they do considerably more damage to people and other vehicles when they do crash.

Motorists, passengers or their loved ones who have been injured in a motor vehicle accident may be entitled to compensation for their injuries and losses. The seasoned attorneys of Leisawitz Heller have years of experience representing the victims of car and truck accidents. Our firm will go to work for accident victims to help ensure that they recover all that to which they are entitled.

Source: U.S. News and World Report, "1 person killed, several injured in interstate crash," Feb. 12, 2018

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