Interstate 84 is a major road that cuts through New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. Running for nearly fifty-five miles through the state this road starts in Pennsylvania at Interstate 81 in Dunmore Pennsylvania. While this road does not intersect with any major towns, this road is frequented by travelers and truck drivers alike.
Causes of Truck Accidents on Interstate 84
The National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). For every 100 million miles driven on U.S. roadways, there are 2.3 deaths and 60.5 injuries caused by big rigs. Many of these accidents, injuries, and deaths can be attributed to one or more of the following:
- Driver fatigue – Truck drivers and other commercial drivers must abide by “hours of service” regulations which dictate that drivers must take breaks at certain points in the day, as well as limits the amount of time that a driver can drive in a given timeframe. These regulations were enacted in a direct attempt at keeping drivers from driving when they are too tired to be behind the wheel. Driver fatigue is a contributing factor in nearly fifteen percent of all accidents according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
- Failure to maintain proper distance – You are probably aware that the faster you are going, the longer it will take you to bring your car to a stop. When there is an emergency in front of you the faster you are going the higher the chance that you will not be able to stop your car in time to avoid an accident. That is why it is always advised that you leave a safe distance between yourself and the car in front of you. Trucks and other large vehicles need to leave a much greater distance between their truck and the vehicles around them because it can take a truck nearly twice the distance of a passenger car traveling at the same speed to bring their truck to a complete stop. This means that if a driver fails to leave enough space between their truck and the car in front of them and there is a sudden emergency, it is less likely that they will be able to bring their truck to a stop or be able to avoid an accident.
- Inexperienced and inadequately trained drivers – Driving a vehicle that can weigh close to 100,000 pounds takes a significant amount of training. However, many driving companies do not invest the time it takes to train a new driver how to operate their vehicles, and may not take the time to train their drivers for the difficult driving situations they may find themselves in. An inexperienced driver or a driver who was not adequately trained has an increased chance of causing an accident.
Truck accidents can be disastrous and result in severe injuries and even death. If you have been in an accident and have suffered property damage and injuries on interstate 84, then you may be entitled to significant compensation for your injuries. Contact one of your experienced attorneys today.
What Kinds of Compensation Could I Receive From a Truck Accident Claim?
Truck accidents tend to be some of the worst accident types on the road. While many people think that the most devastating and fatal accidents occur only in major metropolitan areas or in parts of the road that are heavily congested, they might be surprised to find that according to the United States Department of Transportation almost 70 percent of all fatal truck accidents happen in rural areas. Another misconception regarding truck accidents is that they only happen at night, in the same study which pointed to an overwhelming amount of fatal accidents occurring in rural areas, the U.S Department of Transportation found that nearly 66 percent of all fatal accidents occurred during the day.
You may be compensated for the following:
- Economic damages – which encompass the damages that you can readily place a dollar amount on. These damage types may include medical expenses, lost wages and earnings, costs necessary to replace your car, and costs associated with medical procedures. Because of the severity of truck accidents, these expenses can easily cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
- Non-economic damages – Some of the damage that a person faces as a result of a truck accident cannot be broken down to a dollar amount, rather they are damages that include a person’s pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of consortium.
In addition to these damages, you are generally entitled to compensation for any and all expenses that result from an accident. Fortunately, Pennsylvania does not place a cap on a number of damages and compensation you may be entitled to.
Have you been injured on Interstate 84 and Need a Pennsylvania Truck Accident Lawyer?
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.