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4 things you should do after a truck accident

Large trucks, including the water tankers used in local fracking, pose a hazard to people on the roads. This is especially true if a truck driver isn't driving in a safe manner. Victims of truck crashes often face a long and arduous recovery because their injuries are especially severe. If you were involved in an accident with a large truck, here are four things you should do.

Truck crash fatalities are down, but serious injuries are way up

A recent report from the Federal Motor carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) showed a peculiar change in truck crash outcomes. Fatal accidents are down about 6 percent. That's good news.

Drowsy truck driving accidents

Truck drivers in Pennsylvania often have erratic sleeping and working schedules that can leave them drowsy behind the wheel. When people are awake for 24 hours straight, they have the same level of cognitive impairment as a person with a .10 percent blood-alcohol level. These drowsy drivers can cause severe accidents when they fail to react to impending hazards or drift out of their lane.

Causes of cargo tank rollovers

While the 1,300 or more cargo tank rollovers that occur each year might not seem like a big deal compared to other accident statistics, incidents involving large trucks are important as they can cause serious damage. Cargo tank rollovers are especially noteworthy because these commercial vehicles sometimes carry oil, gasoline and other hazardous materials, which means accidents involving cargo trucks in Pennsylvania and other states can harm people and the environment.

New technology allows drivers to see around semi-trucks

Pennsylvania drivers may one day encounter "see-through" semi-trucks on the road, but some say the prototype recently tested by Samsung is unlikely to ever reach the United States. Because many accidents are caused by people trying to pass semi-trucks on narrow roads without a clear view of oncoming traffic, the prototype uses a wireless camera to send images of the road in front of the truck to screens mounted on the back of the truck. Ideally, this would allow drivers to assess the risk of passing, but the screens themselves could also prove to be distracting.

Accidents involving large trucks

In 2012, large trucks made up nearly 10 percent of the vehicles involved in fatal Pennsylvania crashes, and these vehicles are especially dangerous because they are far bigger and heavier than passenger cars. Large trucks are also more likely to be involved in a multiple vehicle accident than a single vehicle accident, and there are some common reasons these crashes take place.

Commercial truck accidents increasing on Pennsylvania roadways

According to authorities, the prodigious growth of the fracking industry in recent years has had a negative effect on major highways in Pennsylvania, especially in rural areas. Large trucks carrying unidentified cargo to the drilling sites in several isolated Pennsylvania counties may imperil other motorists, emergency response crews and the surrounding environment, authorities suggest.

3-vehicle semi-truck and car crash kills 2

Pennsylvania State Police officials reported that two people were killed when their vehicle was crushed in between two semi-trucks on Nov. 22. According to reports, the accident happened on Interstate 80 in Marion Township around 4:30 p.m. near mile marker 170 in the westbound lanes of the interstate.

Trucker's widow files wrongful death suit related to 2012 crash

According to a wrongful death lawsuit recently filed by a Lancaster County widow, the 2012 truck accident that claimed her husband's life could have been avoided if not for the negligence of a trucker and his employers. Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the suit seeks more than $75,000 in compensatory and punitive damages.

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