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When big rigs are involved in crashes with cars, the results are often deadly. Five people were killed yesterday in a collision involving a passenger vehicle and a tractor-trailer on Route 222 in Lehigh County. The vehicle, a Subaru Impreza, crossed the grassy median of the highway and crashed head-on into the tractor-trailer. According to police, both vehicles burst into flames upon impact and all five occupants of the passenger vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver suffered minor injuries. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
This is yet another car-truck collision in Pennsylvania that has proven to be deadly for the occupants of a passenger vehicle. With trucks often weighing 20 to 30 times as much as a car, the consequences of collisions between passenger vehicles and tractor-trailers are often fatal to those in other vehicles. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a total of 3,660 people died in large truck crashes in 2014. 16% of these deaths were truck occupants, 68% were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles and 15% were pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists.
Pennsylvania highways are filled with tractor-trailers hauling cargo across the state and around the country. The American Trucking Association (ATA) predicts continuous and major growth for the trucking industry in this country. The ATA forecasts that tonnage transported will increase by 24% by 2022. This means an even greater number of trucks and tractor-trailers on roadways.
Pennsylvania truck accident lawyer discusses safety on PA highways
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Pennsylvania has nearly 120,000 miles of roads and highways. In 2014, there were 121,317 reportable traffic crashes in Pennsylvania. These crashes took the lives of 1,195 people and injured 79,758. 80% of the vehicle crash fatalities in Pennsylvania occur on Interstates and other state highways. Of the ten counties in Pennsylvania with the most traffic-related deaths, eight are in the eastern part of the state and include Philadelphia, Bucks, Berks, Lancaster, Delaware, Montgomery, Chester, and Luzerne. These statistics suggest that interstates and highways in eastern Pennsylvania are among the most dangerous roadways in the state.
How can you prevent a head-on highway collision?
A head-on car-truck collision can be tragic. Your best defense is to remain vigilant, pay attention to your driving, and keeping your eyes on the road at all times. Look ahead and scan the highway far ahead. Be aware of your surroundings and other vehicles. If you are fully aware of your surroundings, you may be able to react quickly and avoid a collision. If you see a wrong-way driver coming at you, reduce your speed, turn on your headlights and drive to the right. Ride off the roadway onto the shoulder or to another safe spot away from the oncoming vehicle. Be sure to wear your seatbelt at all times while driving and make sure your passengers buckle up as well. Call 911 immediately and report the vehicle traveling in the wrong direction.
Contact an accident attorney in Pennsylvania today
If you are involved in a car-truck collision or another vehicle accident, don’t hesitate – contact an experienced accident attorney today. Remember, both experience and results matter when selecting an attorney to handle your truck or car accident case. The truck accident attorneys at Fellerman & Ciarimboli in Philadelphia, Wilkes-Barre, and Scranton have a proven history of successfully representing the victims of car and truck accidents throughout the state of Pennsylvania.
With more than 40 years of combined experience, the personal injury attorneys at Fellerman & Ciarimboli strive to provide the best service to clients in Philadelphia, Northeast Pennsylvania, and throughout the Keystone State.