Compared to car accidents in Pennsylvania, truck accidents are governed by a different set of rules and regulations in part because there are federal trucking guidelines that truck drivers must follow. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the government agency that is responsible for making the policies and procedures that all commercial truck drivers must adhere to while operating a commercial vehicle.
Traffic accidents are inevitable. The reality is that there are a number of car and truck collisions on a regular basis and sometimes these accidents are unavoidable. Depending on the severity of an accident, it can lead to serious bodily injury and/or death.
For those of us who have been driving long enough, we have learned to have a healthy respect for driving, as it is a dangerous activity. Driving requires a strict attention to detail as well as focus and alertness in order to be ready for whatever happens on the roadways. People drive all types of vehicles of varying sizes and weights. Just like driving in general necessitates a healthy respect, deferring to trucks on the road should also warrant this respect. Due to the sheer size of a truck and the impact it can have in an accident, many drivers will defer and give way to 18-wheelers, buses and big rigs.
The reality of the situation is that accidents on the roadways happen and sometimes there is not much that can be done to prevent them. Defensive driving is a part of being a driver. It is imperative to know what you are doing on the roadways as well as what everyone else is doing. Truck accidents definitely play into the whole defensive driving scheme. Due to the weight and size of the trucks on the highways, truck crashes can be that much more devastating and deadly than other types of accidents.