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Pennsylvania truck accident results in multi-million verdict

The greatest care needs to be taken when operating a tractor-trailer. Such vehicles are difficult to maneuver, are large and cumbersome, and often have a number of blind spots that prevent drivers from always being able to perceive other vehicles on the road.

A wrongful death action in Pennsylvania involving a tractor-trailer rear-ending another vehicle has just resulted in a $26.1 settlement. The victim in this case was a passenger in a vehicle driving along I-80, and the vehicle was forced to come to a stop on the roadway due to heavy traffic. The victim was killed instantly when the vehicle in which he was riding was struck by the tractor-trailer.

Such accidents may be the result of inattention of the driver. However, such accidents can also be the result of owners of the trucks failing to inspect or maintain such vehicles. Because such accidents can have varying causes, it is also good to consult with an attorney experienced in litigating truck accidents to determine the exact cause of the crash.

What particularly requires inspection, maintenance and repair in such tractor-trailers includes the braking systems of such a vehicle. Also, since the brakes do not respond as adequately on trucks as for other types of motor vehicles, truck drivers need to be instructed to drive at safe speeds at all times - especially when driving in heavy traffic.

It was alleged in the above accident that the truck driver may have been driving at excessive speeds. Because of such speed, the truck may have had to quickly change lanes and then subsequently struck the vehicle in question. Whatever the circumstances, a man lost his life as a result of what occurred.

Source: The Pennsylvania Record, "$26.1 million personal injury settlement, possibly largest ever in Pa., reached in tractor-trailer death suit," by Jon Campisi, June 13, 2012

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