We want to take you to nearby Slippery Rock Township where an accident last week left multiple people injured. The accident happened at around 5 p.m. at the intersection of Routes 422 and 388.
“Without a fatality involved, this is the worst crash I’ve ever investigated,” said Trooper Matthew Woloszyn of the Pennsylvania State Police.
It started when a tractor-trailer slammed into the rear of a pickup truck. The crash caused a chain reaction that involved a New Castle Area Transit bus. Many vehicles were sent airborne. Eight people were sent to the hospital and three of them had critical injuries.
Investigators are still investigating the cause of the accident, but at the SMT Legal, we know that large trucks can cause serious accidents. When you need a Pittsburgh truck accident attorney, you can count on our team to be by your side.
What Can Happen?
We know that there are many large trucks all around us on a daily basis. Think about the ones you see: Eighteen-wheelers, construction trucks, mail delivery trucks, garbage trucks, panel trucks, and more.
The problem is that each of these trucks has the potential to cause major damages and injuries if they are involved in an accident. When fully loaded, they can weigh tens of thousands of pounds.
Why do accidents occur?
The most common cause of truck accidents is vehicle failure.
It is vital that truck owners and companies regularly inspect and maintain their vehicles. If something goes wrong while a truck is moving and a driver loses control, a mass casualty incident is likely to occur. The following should be inspected often:
- Tires and wheels
- Light systems
When it comes to the drivers themselves, they need to follow all state and federal laws regarding how many hours they are allowed to drive at a time as well as how much weight they can carry at one time. These laws are put in place to protect drivers on the roadway around large trucks but are often ignored in order to make a profit.
Truck drivers should never operate their vehicles:
- while impaired by drugs or alcohol
- while distracted by phones or other devices
Ignoring laws and operating recklessly will only lead to pain and suffering for victims of crashes and their families.
What You Can Do Now
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a large truck, then we know you are going through a confusing time. At the SMT Legal, we want to help. Our team will work with you to take care of the complicated matters that are involved in securing compensation.
We will handle the insurance companies and other parties involved. While you focus on healing, we will focus on getting you coverage for:
- Your medical expenses
- Lost income if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Punitive damages