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 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.
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.
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.
Trucking accidents can be among the most damaging and gruesome types of motor vehicle accidents, as commercial vehicles weigh over 10,000 pounds and can be difficult to operate. Because of this, truckers are required to have a commercial driver's license and comply with strict trucking regulations in order to avoid devastating accidents.