A tractor trailer driver near Newtown, Pennsylvania died in a crash involving two big rigs last Friday on I-84. The truck driver and his dog were killed when another truck slammed into his vehicle as they sat in heavy traffic in the eastbound lanes of the interstate.
The truck driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The other big rig driver was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries.
The wreck caused both vehicles to spill cargo on the road. One carried paper products and the other had foam insulation on board.
The accident investigation is continuing.
It appears that this tragedy occurred because the second truck driver, for whatever reason, did not slow down in time for stopped traffic. We can only speculate at this point why this happened. In our law offices in Virginia as truck accident personal injury lawyers, we have often seen truck drivers and truck operators in violation of state and federal regulations on truck safety. Trucks have to be inspected often, as mechanical parts such as brakes wear out. Truckers also are limited on the number of hours that they may drive, and must keep detailed driving logs. Sometimes truckers drive longer than they should and nod off at the wheel.
We have settled many big rig rear end wrecks for our clients, such as this $3.5 million settlement where a tractor trailer rear ended a slow moving car. Whether it is simple carelessness, failed brakes, or falling asleep at the wheel, all truck drivers have an obligation to maintain the highest standards of safety on our roads.