Drivers in Pennsylvania are used to the twisting curves and the hilly terrain on the Turnpike. Two truck drivers recently experienced the hazards that can be present on this highway.
Pennsylvania motorists may not know that while fatal accidents involving large trucks and buses are on the rise, they still have not reached the 21st-century high. In 2005, there were 5,231 of these types of vehicles involved in fatalities. In 2015, although there was an 8 percent increase compared to the previous year, the number of large trucks and buses involved was 4,311.
Pickup trucks and SUVs scored better than average in vehicle fatality figures, according to an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety report released May 22. The overall rate for all passenger vehicles throughout Pennsylvania and the U.S. was 30 driver deaths per million registrations.
According to testing, underride guards for trailers could reduce injuries and fatalities on Pennsylvania highways. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which conducted the testing, said that these guards could provide the same safety benefits as rear-mounted guards.
It is unfortunate that some families lose their loved ones in motor vehicle accidents and other incidents caused by the wrongful actions of a negligent party. If you have lost your loved one in this manner, you are likely overwhelmed by your shock and grief while also reeling from economic and noneconomic losses as well.
Pennsylvania motorists are often extremely cautious when they encounter semi-tractor trailers transporting tanks of hazardous materials. When these tanks are ruptured in a collision or rollover, the resulting spills of crude oil, gasoline or flammable gas can cause explosions, fires and environmental damage. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration compiled statistics about the causes of the approximately 1,300 rollover accidents involving tanker trucks each year, and it concluded that most of these crashes were caused by some form of driver error.
According to court documents, a Pennsylvania man was sentenced to serve between 179 days and 23 months for his role in causing a fatal motorcycle accident on June 28, 2014. The 26-year-old man was sentenced in a York County court on April 17.
Pennsylvania State Police reported that the 59-year-old man who lost his wife and son in a head-on car accident on Interstate 81 remains in serious condition at Geisinger Wyoming Valley. He had been traveling in a vehicle with his family when it was hit by a car that shifted into oncoming traffic.
According to authorities, a 28-year-old man was killed in a crash involving a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation truck and a Jeep. The accident occurred on March 20 in Tunkhannock Township at the intersection of Route 115 and Allegheny Drive.
On Feb. 25, a drunk driver accused of killing an Indiana Township man in a 2013 head-on collision pleaded guilty to the crime as part of a plea deal. The 64-year-old Penn Hills man will be sentenced to between three and six years in prison before an Allegheny County Common Pleas judge on May 20.