Interstate 81 is a massive road that runs for nearly 900 miles stretching from Tennessee to New York. In Pennsylvania Interstate 81 runs for 233 miles beginning near the Maryland State line and cutting clear across the state crossing the New York state line. This road has numerous junctions including:
- US 30
- US 11
- PA 581
- US 22
- US 322
- US 322
- PA 309
- US 6
- PA Turnpike
This massive highway cuts through numerous counties as well including:
- Franklin County
- Cumberland County
- Dauphin County
- Lebanon County
- Schuylkill County
- Luzerne County
- Lackawanna County
- Susquehanna County
Interstate 81 is heavily used by truck drivers, and unfortunately, this means that accidents are bound to happen. Recently, several miles of Interstate 81 in Franklin County was closed when a tractor-trailer carrying flammable liquid overturned and resulted in the death of the driver. This accident highlights the danger that tractor-trailers can pose to drivers on the road, and also demonstrates how difficult it can be to determine the cause of an accident because at the time the accident was reported it was not clear what the cause of the accident was.
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 & Bily’s The Truck Accident Team may be able to fight for you. To schedule a free and confidential consultation call (800) 896-6173 or contact us online today.
Common Reasons for Truck Accidents on Interstate 81 in Pennsylvania
Truck accidents can be some of the most severe accidents on the road. In fact, while truck drivers are less likely to be an in an accident as compared to another driver, it has also been shown that when they are in an accident there is a significantly higher chance that the other driver will be severely injured or even lose their life. Many of these tragic accidents can be attributed to some of the following:
- Failure to follow the rules of the road – Truck drivers have an obligation to follow the rules of the road just as any other driver. However, considering that they are driving a vehicle that is substantially larger than the average passenger vehicle, it is crucial that drivers follow all the rules of the road. However, drivers are consistently cited for exceeding the speed limit, failing to signal turns, and aggressive driving.
- Driving while fatigued – Fatigue is a major problem that affects almost every commercial driver. This problem so prevalent in the trucking industry that the federal government has enacted regulations limiting the amount of time that a commercial driver can be behind the wheel in a single week. There is a maximum 11-hour driving limit allowed for truckers carrying cargo after a consecutive 10 hours off duty.
- Improperly loaded trailers – you might not think that an improperly loaded trailer would pose a problem to other drivers on the road. However, if the cargo in the back of a truck is not properly secured it poses a threat of shifting during transit which can cause the rest of the vehicle to shift violently.
- Equipment failure – Trucks are just like any other vehicle in that they require maintenance. However, unlike the car sitting in your driveway, a commercial tractor-trailer will drive hundreds of thousands of miles in a single year. This means that these vehicles need to be regularly inspected and repaired to ensure that they are safe to operate on the roads. However, equipment failure can occur for any reason and cause the driver to lose control of their vehicle.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, you need a thorough review of your accident. It is vital that you determine the cause of a truck accident, and our team of attorneys has employed experts and professionals to help determine the cause of the accident and maximize your compensation.
Contact an I-81 Pennsylvania Truck Accident Lawyer To Fight For You
If you have suffered severe injuries, incurred medical expenses, or lost a loved one as a result of an accident involving a tractor-trailer or commercial vehicle. The lawyers of Reiff & Bily’s The Truck Accident Team may be able to fight for you. To schedule a free and confidential legal consultation call 800-896-6173 or contact us online today.