Car and truck accidents on PA highways often result in serious accidents and catastrophic injuries to the drivers and/or passengers. This is due to the fact that the vehicles involved are traveling at high speeds. When crashes occur at a high rate of speed, serious and even fatal injuries occur. Last month, there were several serious accidents on the PA Turnpike.
Last month, a woman and her mother survived a serious crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The 55 year old woman was driving a Miata with her mother as a passenger. As they were driving in the right lane on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, a UPS truck was merging from the center lane to the right lane. The UPS truck driver did not see the Miata and slammed into the car.
The Miata was stuck under the belly of the 18-wheeler. Rescue workers were able to extract the passenger from the car after the accident. However, it took rescue workers almost 2 hours to extract the driver from the car.
The driver of a box truck crashed into the rear of a tractor-trailer on the PA Turnpike. The tractor-trailer slowed down due to maintenance road work, and the box truck rear ended the tractor-trailer. The rear-end collision remains under investigation.
Over the weekend, a man was injured after his car was struck by a tractor-trailer. The car then spun out of control and collided with the center barrier on the highway. According to police, the man was ejected from the car and transported to a hospital.
Injured victims in highway truck-car accidents in PA have legal rights against the at-fault drivers. If the accidents were caused by the truck drivers, the drivers’ employers may also be liable for the accidents. Since most tractor-trailer drivers are working at the time of the accidents, i.e., transporting goods or making deliveries to clients, the drivers’ companies are also named as defendants in PA motor vehicle accident lawsuits.
On the other hand, if the truck driver was not at fault and the accident was caused by another driver, the truck driver may file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver. In addition, the truck driver may file a PA workers’ compensation claim because he was injured while working.
To learn about PA workers’ comp claims after motor vehicle accidents, see What Does A PA Workers’ Compensation Claim Have To Do With A Car Accident?
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