The interstates and major highways that crisscross Pennsylvania are constantly used by tractor-trailers and other large commercial trucks. Driving near these big rigs can be rather intimidating for those in smaller passenger vehicles, and understandably so. Since these trucks are so big, getting into an accident with one can have devastating consequences.
Details of deadly crash
Recently in Hamilton Township, a tractor-trailer apparently sparked a multi-vehicle crash that killed several people. The accident happened during the morning hours on Route 33. Reportedly, the driver of a southbound tractor-trailer drove off the roadway and struck an embankment. Reports said the tractor-trailer then veered southeast, struck a guardrail in the median and entered the northbound lanes.
According to police reports, the truck then struck another tractor-trailer and three other vehicles. Authorities said two of the three passenger vehicles became pinned underneath the southbound tractor-trailer, seriously injuring both drivers. Tragically, the two drivers were pronounced dead a short time later at a hospital, and a passenger in one of the vehicles apparently died at the scene.
Where can victims and/or families go for help?
Truck drivers in the United States are required to undergo hours of training as well as obtain commercial licenses. However, this does not prevent them from making mistakes. When an accident caused by negligence results in injuries or death, victims and families in Pennsylvania can benefit by consulting an experienced legal professional and filing a claim. If negligence is formally established in court, a successful lawsuit could supply victims and families with rightful and much-needed compensation.