Running in the northwest of Pennsylvania Interstate 90 is located entirely within Eerie county. Connecting Pennsylvania with Ohio and New York this 46-mile road is the primary east to west route used in Eerie, which means that this road handles a considerable amount of traffic every day. In addition, to the numerous drivers on this road every day there are other major roads that cross over or intersect with Interstate 90 including:
- US 6N
- Interstate 79
- US 19
- Interstate 86
- US 20
- Interstate 90
Not only does this road handle a lot of traffic on a daily basis but it also cuts through both suburban and rural areas. Starting as a four-lane freeway provides access to more commercial areas in Summit Township.
Interstate 90 recently made the news due to a 75 car pileup near the Ohio, Pennsylvania border. This accident involved twenty commercial vehicles, a bus, and more than 20 individual cars were partially the result of poor weather and road conditions, compounded by high speeds and poor visibility. Multiple people were injured in this accident and at least three were transported to the local hospital with serious injuries.
Causes of Truck Accidents on Interstate 90
The National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) compiled statistics pertaining to truck accidents in the United States and reached some startling conclusions. One of their findings was that driver fatigue is responsible for roughly 30 percent of all commercial truck accidents.
The weather can be a major cause of accidents across the country. Specifically, with this massive pileup accident, the weather surely played a major role. When road conditions are less than ideal it can take some drivers nearly twice as long to bring their vehicle to complete stop. In addition, when the weather inhibits a driver’s sight, it can make it hard if not altogether impossible for a driver avoid accidents.
Reckless driving can take many forms, from speeding to engaging in aggressive driving behaviors, when drivers are behind the wheel of a massive 80,000, pound vehicle they need to exercise a degree of caution. In addition, drivers need to accommodate for weather conditions and road conditions. In this accident, reckless driving may have played a substantial part in why there were so many cars involved in the accident.
Unfamiliarity with the area
Drivers who are not familiar with where they are can pose a surprising danger to other motorists. When a driver is not sure where they are going they may make rapid lane changes, speed, or come to an abrupt stop in an attempt to discern where they are going.
Speeding is a major cause in all accident types. However, when a truck driver exceeds the prescribed speed limit, or they exceed the speed where it is safe for them to drive in relation to the road conditions, they can cause accidents and subsequent injuries.
If you have been injured in a truck accident on Interstate 90, you may be entitled to significant compensation for your injuries, however, it is not advisable to wait to contact an attorney. Large trucking companies and their insurance companies will more quickly and aggressively in an effort to avoid paying for your injuries.
Compensation Awards for a Truck Accident In Pennsylvania
Truck accidents overwhelmingly result in the occupants of the passenger vehicle sustaining injuries, with 98 percent of all accident victims being in a car as opposed to the driver of a tractor-trailer. Personal injury laws in Pennsylvania provide that a person who has suffered injuries or property damage as a result of another’s negligence are entitled to full reimbursement and compensation for their injuries. Compensation can come in the form of economic or non-economic damages, and may also include punitive damage awards as well.
- Economic damages are considered the damages and injuries that you can place a price on. This can include compensation for medical care and treatment, surgeries and procedures, lost wages, and property damage.
- Non-economic damages are different from economic damages. Where economic damages generally are the types that you can place an exact dollar amount on, often victims of a truck accident will have other injuries that are not as easy to put an exact dollar amount on. This can include pain and suffering, loss of companionship, and loss of enjoyment of life.
- Punitive damages are a damage type that is not often awarded, however, is available as a means of punishing the defendant for engaging in extremely reckless or outrageous conduct.
When you have suffered an injury as a result of an accident then your damages can easily total tens of thousands of dollars. However, it is important not to wait to contact an attorney. Personal injury awards are largely based on the theory of negligence, and large trucking companies and aggressive insurance companies will move quickly to try and prove that their driver or insured was not negligent, and will attempt to shift liability on you.