When you think about truck accidents, you probably envision a collision between a massive tractor-trailer and a small passenger vehicle. However, commercial trucks of shapes and sizes can cause a lot of physical damage when a collision occurs. Even smaller box trucks used by local businesses or utility companies can cause victims to suffer serious injuries in a crash.
If you regularly take to the road in Pennsylvania, chances are good that you have come into close contact with long-haul truckers. Many of them log more than 60 hours on a weekly basis. It can be grueling, boring and tedious work leading to exhaustion and danger.
Truck driver error is a top cause of truck accidents in Pennsylvania. From driving negligently to operating the vehicle while incapacitated, drivers are often the sole cause of victim injuries in these scenarios. However, some truck accidents occur for other reasons, and sometimes the real culprit is the trucking company that put the driver on the road.
Sometimes, truck accident victims may feel as if the driver of the big rig that caused their injuries did nothing to avoid the collision. In some cases, victims may even feel that the trucker meant to crash into their vehicle. However, truck drivers don't want to have an accident or hurt a motorist.
As you approach a highway merge point, there's no question you'll feel a bit anxious. This is particularly true if you look in your mirror and realize there are several large tractor-trailers moving toward you at a high rate of speed.