We are learning more details of a major crash that happened in a Pennsylvania Turnpike crash recently. Police say that a wheel flew off of an eighteen-wheeler and went through a windshield. The vehicle impacted was carrying a family of five. A woman and child inside were severely injured.
Police say that the truck did not stop at the scene of the crash and it is not known if the driver even realized that the wheel came off of the tractor-trailer.
At SMT Legal, this incident highlights one of the many dangers that larger commercial trucks pose on the roadways. If you need a Pittsburgh truck accident lawyer, call us today so we can begin the process of securing compensation for all of your crash-related expenses.
What Can Happen?
When you are driving down the roadway, the last thing you need to worry about it getting into an accident with a large commercial truck. Even though we have plenty of them in and around the city, most of them are safe. Unfortunately, there are times when driver error or a truck malfunction leads to major crashes.
When it comes to vehicle failure, we can turn to the annual Pennsylvania DOT report to tell us what some of the common problems are:
- Tires and wheels
- Connecting devices
If something goes wrong with any of those vehicle systems while a truck is moving at high speeds, the consequences can be devastating. In the story above, a single wheel caused the crash. It is vital that truck companies regularly inspect and maintain their trucks to prevent any kind of vehicle failure.
Drivers also have a responsibility to keep those around them safe. Not only should they have their commercial driver’s licenses and be properly trained, but they must obey all laws. This includes not carrying more weight than legally allowed and driving only the appropriate amount of hours each day.
Under no circumstances should a truck driver operate while impaired by drugs or alcohol. They should also never drive while distracted by phones or other devices.
Truck crashes cause more damages than any other type of crash. The latest reporting year in the US tells us that the number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes increased three percent from the previous year. This is a trend that must be reversed.
What We Can Do To Help
If you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligence of a large truck driver or a trucking company, please seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At SMT Legal, our knowledgeable and experienced team will work closely with you, insurance companies and other parties involved so we can secure a settlement that will cover the following:
- All of your crash-related medical expenses
- Loss of income and benefits if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Punitive damages