When you have been involved in a car accident you suddenly find yourself under a lot of pressure and stress. However, when you have been involved in an accident that involves a tractor-trailer your stress and anxiety is probably amplified. That is because when there is an accident on the road that involves a tractor-trailer there is much higher percentage of people who are injured and who sustain substantial property damage.
If you find yourself on the side of the road after a truck accident, you will suddenly find yourself facing not just your insurance company, but also the trucking companies insurance company whose goal is to keep their costs down by trying to diminish your injuries and damages. We have the resources and knowledge to locate and retain qualified and impartial expert witnesses.
Why do Truck Accidents happen in Bucks County?
Tractor-trailer accidents can happen for any variety of reasons. Just recently this past June there was an accident involving a tractor-trailer in Bristol Township in Bucks County. Shortly after 10 am between the Delaware Valley exit and the Delaware River Bridge on the Pennsylvania Turnpike there was an accident involving three cars. Views from above showed that there were two sedans and a tractor-trailer. Not surprisingly there was extensive damage to both of the smaller cars, and there appeared to be very minimal damage to the tractor-trailer. The occupant of one of the cars sustained injuries, which thankfully in this case were not life threatening. This accident caused the road to be blocked from the eastbound direction for over two and a half hours. While there was no mention of what caused the accident, there are many different reasons why there may be a truck accident in Bucks County.
Because Bucks County is located immediately northeast of Philadelphia and also forms part of the Pennsylvania border many people commute in and out of the county each day. In fact, Bucks County is one of the most populated counties in the entire state. According to the 2010 census there were approximately 625,249 people who called Bucks County home. In addition to its geographic location there are numerous major highways that cut through the county which are all good means for trucks and tractor-trailers to use. Notably the following major highways are all found in Bucks County:
- Interstate 95
- Interstate 276
- The Pennsylvania Turnpike
- Interstate 476
- The Pennsylvania Turnpike North East extension
- US 1
- US 13
- US 202
- PA 32
Not only are there major highways there are several airports, which encourages more traffic and more routes for commercial drivers to use to deliver their cargo.
In 2010‚ Bucks County was fourth highest amongst all Pennsylvania counties in traffic-related deaths‚ according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. In total‚ 3.4 percent of all traffic fatalities in the state for 2010 occurred within the county’s borders. All of these statistics and facts point to continuing trends in accidents on Bucks County Roadways. When you have been involved in an accident, particularly one where there has been a tractor-trailer involved then you should contact an experienced attorney.
Tractor Trailer Accident Types
Any accident involving a tractor-trailer carries the potential that there is going to be severe injuries and damage to both the people involved and their vehicles. While there are thousands of different accident types and the factors that lead up to an accident are often very different. The following accident types have been noted as some of the most prevalent types of truck accidents.
Head-on – This type of tractor-trailer accident is often the most severe and the most likely to cause catastrophic injuries. Often these accidents stem from one or more of the drivers crossing the centerlines and crashing into oncoming traffic.
Rear-end – You are probably familiar with this type of accident merely because of how common they are. However, when the vehicle behind your car is several times taller than your vehicle and weighs tens of thousands of pounds more than your vehicle there is a greater likelihood that a rear-end accident involving a tractor trailer is going to be severe.
Tire blowout – A tire blowout is devastating in any vehicle, however, when there is a tractor-trailer involved there is a greater potential that one, there will be a tire blowout, and two that if there is one that the driver will not be able to maintain control over their vehicle.
Rollover – Tractor-trailers are prone to rolling over when they are on the road. There are many different factors that can lead to a tractor-trailer rolling over including the driver driving too fast, making a rapid turn, or even correcting their direction without a sufficient amount of time. When a tractor rolls over, there is the potential that a car or cars will become trapped and crushed under the side of the trailers.
Jackknife – In addition to rolling over, tractor-trailers are also prone to an accident type known as a jackknife accident. In these accidents the trailer that is behind the cab swings rapidly and uncontrollably in an arching motion until it forms a 90-degree angle with the cab. When a trailer does this it often sweeps vehicles in its path either under the trailer, crushing the car, or it pushes the cars out of the way which also results in injuries and damage.
Contact a Truck Accident attorney Today for Help With Your Injury Case
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. Our truck accident injury lawyers may be able to fight for you. To schedule a free and confidential consultation call (800) 896-6173 or contact us online today.