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Road trips can be fun adventures for Pottsville residents who enjoy the open road and time behind the wheels of their vehicles. When they take off they may be fueled by the energy and excitement of a new journey. However, when they get tired their excitement may wane and they may decide to pull over for the night to catch some sleep and prepare for the next leg of their excursions.

The dangers of truck accidents

In recent weeks, this blog has discussed truck accidents and the dangers they present to Pennsylvania residents. Truck accidents can result in far more catastrophic injuries and damages to victims than a car accident involving passenger vehicles. A fully loaded semi truck can weight 25 times what the average passenger vehicle weighs, posing dangers for drivers and others sharing the roadway with a semi truck.

Truck driver cited in fatal Pennsylvania truck accident

Truck accidents can cause extensive harm to victims and their families. A truck driver was recently cited after a fatal truck accident in Pennsylvania. A 61-year old woman died when her vehicle was rear-ended by the tractor trailer as she was slowing for construction. The 36-year old truck driver was driving his semi truck at high speed when struck the woman's vehicle from behind. According to authorities, the truck driver was cited for speeding.

Fatal Pennsylvania truck accident claims life of victim

Truck accidents can have a broad impact on the victims and their families. In a Pennsylvania community south of the Pottsville area, a recent truck accident left a bicyclist dead. The 53-year old driver of the dump truck that struck the victims was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and other charges. The bicyclist was not breathing when authorities arrived at the scene of the accident. The victim appeared to have a broken neck and broken ribs, as well as other injuries. The victim was found on one side of a guardrail while the victim's personal items and parts of his bicycle were found on the opposite side of the guardrail.

Truck accident basics

Truck accidents can have an enormous impact on the lives of victims. Victims may be left suffering with unexpected injuries, medical expenses, an inability to work and emotional trauma oftentimes associated with a truck accident. Because trucks can weight 25 times the average passenger vehicle, the consequences of a truck accident can be catastrophic. During 2006, truck accidents resulted in nearly 5,000 fatalities and 106,000 injuries.

How do truck accidents occur?

The laws of physics tell us that the larger the vehicle, the harder it is for it to accelerate, slow down or change direction. This may be taken for granted for motorists who hop in their car and share the roads with trucks, which are far bigger and heavier than traditional cars.

One killed in commercial vehicle accident on icy road in PA

Spring has arrived in Pennsylvania, and many in the Keystone State are eagerly awaiting the warmer weather. Still, winter may not be done with us yet, as there is still the possibility of snow and ice in the forecast. Most automobile drivers know that the presence of snow and ice means that it is necessary to slow down and drive carefully. This advice is even more applicable to the drivers of large commercial vehicles. A fatal commercial vehicle accident in Pennsylvania last week serves as a reminder to everyone of how true this is.

Common negligent behaviors behind many PA truck accidents

The phrase, accidents happen, seems ironic when a person suffers injuries in a collision with a semi-truck or other commercial vehicle. Since accident injuries can be so severe and life-changing, simply stating that 'accidents happen' seems so disparaging. Instead of writing your own or a loved one's injuries off as 'bad luck', it is in the victim's best interest to determine what the factors behind the accident were. If you or a loved one suspect that injuries are due to a preventable incident, compensation could be awarded.

I-80 closed after tractor-trailer accident

Winter-driving conditions always add an extra aspect of danger for those driving on Pennsylvania roads. Icy conditions can play a major role in car accidents. Slick conditions can turn a little fender-bender into a multi-vehicle pile up. Those driving on icy roads need to be cautious and understand the potential consequences that a car accident could have on drivers and passengers.

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