Pennsylvania Route 5 is composed of more than one road. There is Pennsylvania Route 5 proper which is a westward continuation of New York State Route 5, which runs from North East Pennsylvania close to Eerie. Pennsylvania Route 5 runs for nearly forty-five miles and is located entirely in the county of Erie. This road also goes by the name of the Purple Heart Highway as well as Lake Road. In addition, there is Pennsylvania Route 5 Alternate which runs for 9 miles in Erie county.
Common Truck Accident Injuries and their causes
Truck accidents involve an astounding amount of force and energy. When you consider that the average truck will weigh in excess of 50,000 pounds compared to a standard car which will typically weigh around 3,000 pounds it is easy to see how an injury can result from an accident involving a tractor-trailer.
Some of the most common injuries in truck accidents tend to be:
- Neck injuries including whiplash
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries including bleeding
- Cuts, scrapes, and abrasions
However, some of the most devastating injuries are not the ones that you can see, but the injuries that occur to a person’s mentality that is the most devastating. Truck accident victims often suffer from anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as other mental pains and suffering as a result of their accident.
Truck accidents are factually complicated accidents that depend on a variety of factors. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, 54.3% of the almost 160,000 motor vehicle crashes that occurred in Pennsylvania in 2010 involved trucks. Light trucks, heavy trucks, school buses, commercial buses; our roads and highways are crawling with large vehicles. And while most of these trucks are properly maintained and operated by competent, licensed professionals, some are not. If you have been the victim of a truck driver’s negligent conduct, seeking the legal guidance. More recently in 2015, the Pennsylvania Department of transportation reported that there were 127,127 reportable traffic accidents on Pennsylvania roads and there were 7,465 heavy truck accidents. These accidents tend to happen for the same reasons. Some of the most common reasons for a truck accident include:
- Driving while under the influence
- Driving while overly fatigued
- Distracted driving
- Adverse weather conditions
In addition, a Department of Transportation study revealed that the three most common reasons for the truck driver fault in a collision are exhaustion, speeding, and failure to yield. Truck accidents are unique in that there are often several factors that are behind an accident and cause them. If you find yourself involved in an accident involving a large truck then you need a team of experienced attorneys at your side who are able to sort through the complex events of your accident.
Who is Liable in a Truck Accident?
Determining who is liable for an accident is not always as easy as we would hope. Oftentimes after an accident, the other driver will claim that you are to blame and not them. However, when it comes to an accident with a trucking company the stakes can not only be higher, but it can be difficult to determine who is to blame for the accident. That is because, in addition to placing blame on the truck driver, a trucking accident can be caused by the:
- Truck owner
- Trucking company
Trucking accidents, and indeed most motor accidents, are brought to court under the theory of negligence – which imports a duty on all those who are on the road to operate their vehicles as a reasonable driver would. When a driver does not abide by the laws, they can be said to be in breach. While the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation may establish the rules of the road for regular passenger drivers, truck drivers not only have to abide by these rules, but they are also expected to abide by the rules set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. However, what becomes complicated when there is a large truck involved is just exactly who is responsible or who may have committed an act that may have lead to the accident. For example, the trailer owner may be held liable in instances where they do no inspect the hitch of the trailer and know that it is defective. If the trailer were to come off of the hitch and subsequently cause an accident, this may be the basis for a lawsuit. Because there are so many potential parties that can be part of a trucking accident it is imperative that you work closely with an attorney who is familiar with the nuances and complicated structure of the trucking industry.
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