Accidents involving large trucks are among the most serious and most deadly in the United States and in Berks County. These accidents often result in severe damage to your vehicle, leaving you without transportation and to deal with the headache that often comes with working with an insurance company. However, while a car can generally be replaced, nothing can replace a loved one who is lost in an accident involving a tractor-trailer.
In addition, when you are involved in an accident involving a large truck, commercial trucking companies’ rapid response teams will be called at a moment’s notice to appear at the accident scene and obtain every piece of information needed for the defense. Prompt investigation of the accident scene is crucial. There are multiple parties who could be responsible for causing the accident, and anyone or all could have acted in violation of state and federal guidelines.
Tractor-trailer accidents in Berks County
Tractor-trailer accidents are often fatal occurrences. Take for example the recent accident. On July 10, 2016 a tractor-trailer that was traveling on Route 222 located in Berks County Pennsylvania struck and sadly killed a pedestrian who was walking across the street. While this was a tragic accident it is not something that is out of the ordinary at least as it pertains to accidents. A few weeks before this sad unfortunate accident, there was another accident involving a tractor-trailer. On June 27, 2016, another tractor-trailer tied up traffic on Route 22 for approximately two hours when the tractor-trailer tipped over. While there were no other vehicles involved in this accident as there were in other accidents, the driver was still taken to the hospital for examination and treatment.
Berks County is part of the Reading Metropolitan statistical area, which is also in close proximity to Philadelphia and New Jersey. Berks County is also adjacent to some of the more densely populated counties in Pennsylvania including Schuylkill County, Lehigh County, Montgomery County, Chester County, Lancaster County, and Lebanon County. With an estimated population of over 415, 271 people who call this county home there is a great deal of people who are on the roads every day. Like the rest of Pennsylvania and the rest of the country, there are problems with roads and many roads need to be repaired. Road conditions are a significant factor in truck accidents and can happen on any of the many major highways, which cut through Berks County including:
- Interstate 76 – which is also known as the Pennsylvania Turnpike
- Interstate 78
- Interstate 176
- US 22
- US 222
- US 422
- PA 12
- PA 61
- PA 272
- PA 501
In addition to these major highways, there are several notable intersections which are particularly prone to accidents including:
- The Penn Avenue interchanges in West Reading
- The West Shore Bypass between Penn and Lancaster avenues
- Routes 222 and 73
- River Bridge Road and Route 422 in Douglassville
There are many reasons why there might be tractor-trailer accidents from the roads, to the amount of traffic, to the truck driver. However, one of the features of a tractor-trailer accident is that when they happen they often result in severe accidents.
Tractor Trailer Accident Types in Berks County
Tractor-trailers are complex pieces of machinery that require regular care, maintenance, and inspection. When there is a tractor-trailer accident they often can be linked to certain problems with the tires, wheels, or the brakes. Some of the most common truck accidents that have been noted in the past:
Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of motor vehicle accidents. However, while many of these accidents have come to be known as fender benders and do not cause a lot of injuries when there is a rear-end accident involving a truck the injuries and damages can be severe.
Head-on accidents happen most often when one car crosses the center lane and strikes a vehicle that is driving in the opposite direction. These types of accidents often result in fatalities and serious injuries. However, there are many different reasons why a tractor-trailer may cause a head-on accident, one of the most noted and documented reasons is when the driver is too fatigued.
Tractor-trailers and other large trucks sometimes do not remain upright and for a variety of reasons can effectively rollover. These accidents most often affect traffic however; when a trailer rolls over they can crush or damage other cars in the area.
During an accident it is not uncommon for the trailer part of the tractor to swing around at a sharp angle. In these accidents the trailer swings sharply to form in most cases a 90-degree angle. Often in these accidents, cars that are anywhere in the radius of the trailer can get swept by the swinging trailer resulting in severe accidents.
There is a reason why most tractor-trailers are known as 18-wheelers, that is because they have 18 wheels. However, when one of these tires fails for any reason it can render the entire vehicle useless and can cause accidents. When tires blow out on large trucks, the consequences can be devastating. Large trucks and tractor-trailers that experience tire blowouts often become impossible to drive, resulting in large trucks veering out of control into cars.
Injured in a Truck Wreck? Contact Our Truck Accident Attorneys Today
If you have been involved in a serious commercial truck accident with an 18-wheeler or other commercial truck, you may be entitled to damages. Commercial trucks’ large size and significant weight often mean that the injuries inflicted are significantly worse than those typically suffered in other accidents. The truck accident injury lawyers of Reiff Law Firm may be able to fight for you. To schedule a free and confidential consultation contact us today.