Harrisburg, PA (PRWEB) April 27, 2013
Harrisburg tractor-trailer accident lawyer Ted Knauss of Metzger Wickersham today said a recent truck accident on Interstate 83 in Harrisburg serves as a reminder about the risk big rigs pose to occupants of smaller vehicles on Pennsylvania highways.
The March 8 tractor trailer accident in Harrisburg caused an hours-long traffic delay, but no injuries were reported, according to PennLive.com on March 8.
“Tractor-trailer accidents, especially on highways like I-83, happen far too often. Fortunately, no one was hurt in this case,” said Knauss, a Harrisburg PA personal injury lawyer. “While the accident on March 8 is under investigation, we have seen many other accidents in Harrisburg involving truckers who were too tired to drive, distracted or even under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In other cases, the trucking company fails to maintain the tractor-trailer, which can result in a serious accident.”
In one recent case, a fatal tractor-trailer accident on I-83 in Pennsylvania occurred on Feb. 21 when a tow truck crashed into a tractor trailer on the northbound side of the interstate in York County, according to WHAG news on Feb. 21. The accident reportedly happened when a mattress fell off a vehicle onto the highway. Two vehicles slowed down, but a tractor-trailer behind them did not realize the vehicles had stopped, the news report states. The tractor-trailer then crashed into the vehicles, killing one driver, Brian Jacobs, 46, of Dillsburg, according to WHAG news (Feb. 22, 2013).
Knauss said safety tips to avoid truck accidents include always maintaining a safe distance when following behind a truck; being aware of the truck driver’s blind spot and not driving in it; passing a big truck with caution; and avoiding the highway during bad weather.
Accidents involving trucks (large and light ones) killed 10,281 people and injured 753,000 people nationwide in 2010, according to statistics compiled by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That’s one injury every 42 seconds of every day in 2010.
“Tractor-trailer accidents can be extremely complicated,” Knauss added. “There may be a number of insurance companies involved. Trying to hold each one of them accountable can be extremely difficult. That’s why it’s critical that victims of tractor-trailer accidents in Pennsylvania contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who can protect their rights.”
For more information about what to do after a tractor-trailer accident in Pennsylvania or to find out about the rights of people injured in tractor-trailer accidents, call (800) 946-9461 or visit http://www.mwke.com.
About Metzger Wickersham
Established in 1888 by Frank B. Wickersham, the law firm of Metzger Wickersham has a well-deserved reputation for being experienced and aggressive Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers who put clients’ needs first. The law firm’s practice areas include auto accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, Social Security disability, workers’ compensation, premises liability and dog bite cases. Metzger Wickersham has six offices located in Central and Northeastern Pennsylvania: Harrisburg, Lancaster, Pottsville, Shippensburg, Wilkes-Barre and York. Attorneys at Metzger Wickersham work on a contingency fee basis. As a result, clients only pay for legal services if their case has a successful outcome.
Metzger Wickersham’s Harrisburg office is located at 3211 North Front St., Harrisburg, PA, 17110.