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Tow truck drivers lives put at risk by other drivers

A 23-year old Pennsylvania tow truck driver was killed when due to possible truck driver negligence a tractor trailer crashed into the operator while that individual was loading a broken down truck onto the tow truck's bed. The section of the road where the accident occurred is known by other tow truck drivers to be a dangerous area due to no existent lanes for individuals to park their stalled vehicles.

Though such work related deaths frequently happen, tow truck accidents receive little attention. Operators of tow trucks seemed to be in constant danger of grievous injury or even death while out on the roads and doing their job. One Pennsylvania driver familiar with the roads in the area often listens to the radio and hears about a tow truck driver that was killed when another vehicle crashed into the tow truck.

Fatality rates among emergency responders such as tow truck drivers are more than twice the national average. Often such roads where tow truck drivers operate are dangerous because the roads lack a shoulder and because too many expressways have emergency lanes for vehicles to park in the event that their car or truck stalls.

Pennsylvania Laws have been put into place to protect emergency responders and other individuals helping stranded motorists along the road, but few motorists seem to even understand that such regulations exist. Drivers are required, if possible to move to a far lane to give the workers room and reduce the chances of an accident occurring. That such types of accidents continue to occur suggests that those not complying with the law and who put drivers in danger must be held accountable in a wrongful death action.

The 23-year old tow truck driver also happened to be a father of a 3-year old boy. He was an athlete in high school, and a volunteer fire fighter. His life was needlessly taken because due care was not taken by another rider on the road.

Source: Pennlive.com, "Tow truck drivers face deadly hazards," by Elizabeth Gibson, Jan 5, 2012

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