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Big rigs create big headache in pileup

Pennsylvania is a major crossroads for semi-truck traffic on the Eastern Seaboard. The big rigs ply the state's highway, Turnpike and interstate highways, 24 hours a day throughout the year. Unfortunately, when hazardous circumstances - such as foul weather, faulty maintenance or a fatigued driver - intervene, these behemoths become bad news for other motorists.

Truck accidents that involve a smaller vehicle can be absolutely devastating, the wreckage sometimes unrecognizable as another car or truck. Moreover, the driver of a car is far less likely to survive such an accident than the driver of the big rig. The size and weight of an out-of-control or recklessly-operated tractor trailer makes it a lethal hazard for other motorists.

A recent four-truck pileup, involving two box trucks and two big rigs illustrated the potential hazard of truck accidents. Although only trucks were involved, five people were injured and a portion of the Pennsylvania Turnpike was closed for hours. Had any passenger vehicles been involved the consequences of the crash could have been far more disastrous.

Anyone who has been injured in an accident that involved a commercial truck should seek out the advice of attorneys with considerable experience in such matters, such as the lawyers at Leisawitz Heller. Commercial vehicle crashes can implicate different laws, including federal transportation regulations, and often require more intense, thorough investigations than a typical auto accident. In some cases, the NTSB may even become involved. Leisawitz Heller can help truck accident victims understand their rights, explain the appropriate course of action, and assist in getting victims the compensation to which they may be entitled as a result of their injuries.

Source: NBC Philadelphia, "Truck wreck closes Pennsylvania Turnpike Northeast Extension, 5 hurt," Dan Stamm, Feb. 21, 2018

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