Was the Pennsylvania Truck Driver Negligent?

On October 22, around 3 a.m. on Interstate 81 in Susquehanna County, three people lost their lives when a tractor trailer hit the back of their car in a fatal truck accident that took nearly six hours to clean up. Two of the victims were children. Pennsylvania state police are in charge of the investigation to determine what caused the tractor trailer to hit the car.

Anyone who gets behind the wheel of a car to drive in Pennsylvania is expected to obey the law and operate that vehicle safely and responsibly. That level of expectation increases when the driver is a commercial truck driver, not only because they are held to the rules of regulations of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), but also because they know that their 80,000 pound truck could easily kill someone else traveling on the road.

Unfortunately, there are plenty of truck drivers who get behind the wheels of commercial trucks every single day in Pennsylvania and disregard the law. If an accident happens, authorities will assess certain factors to determine who or what caused the accident and if anyone was negligent.

800px-car-truck_accidentFactors to determine negligence in an accident:

  • If the speed limit was disobeyed;
  • Whether or not a driver failed to signal;
  • If a driver disregarded weather or traffic conditions;
  • If a driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol while operating the vehicle;
  • If a driver disobeyed traffic signs or signals.

There is a chance that the accident that took the lives of three innocent people on Interstate 81 last month was caused by driver negligence. When catastrophic accidents like that occur, people will try to point fingers in the other direction. Nobody wants to take responsibility and be held accountable for the consequences of accidents that result in fatalities. Even insurance companies will go to lengths to avoid paying the costs of such tragedies.

If you have been injured in a truck accident in Pennsylvania and you want to prove that the truck driver was at fault so that you can recover compensation for your damages and injuries, you might want to seek the assistance of an experienced Pennsylvania truck accident attorney who knows how to fight the trucking and insurance companies. Call the law offices of Solnick & Associates, LLC today for a free evaluation of your case at (215) 512-0039.

(image courtesy of James G. Howes)