Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorneys Metzger Wickersham Comment on Diesel Truck Accident That Severely Damaged Bridge Near I-81 In Harrisburg

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Pennsylvania truck accident lawyer Ted Knauss of Metzger Wickersham discusses the hazards caused by serious tractor-trailer accidents in response to a diesel truck explosion near I-81 in Harrisburg.

The fact that a bridge will likely remain closed for six months due to an explosive diesel truck accident illustrates how dangerous truck accidents can be.

Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer Ted Knauss of the law firm Metzger Wickersham today said a recent fiery truck accident serves as a reminder of the devastating nature of truck accidents. A heavily traveled bridge in Harrisburg over Interstate 81 will remain closed until November due to a diesel truck accident in May, according to Action News 6, “Fiery diesel truck crash sets ramp ablaze, closes I-81 at Harrisburg” (May 9, 2013).

The driver was treated at a hospital for minor injuries, Action News 6 reports.

“The fact that a bridge will likely remain closed for six months due to an explosive diesel truck accident illustrates how dangerous truck accidents can be,” said Knauss, who represents victims of negligence and families who lost loved ones in accidents. “While this accident is still under investigation, in general a trucking accident might have any number causes. If someone is injured, it’s wise to consult with a personal injury lawyer who can help determine liability and hold the negligent individual or parties accountable.”

The fully-loaded truck carrying 7,500 gallons of diesel fuel overturned on the on-ramp to Route 22-322 over Interstate 81 in Harrisburg, PA shortly after 6 a.m. on May 9, according to Action News 6. State Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch told Action News 6 “the heat from the fire was so intense that it forced water out of concrete as steam, generating explosions.”

State officials have continued to investigate the cause of the accident for months, according to, “Investigation continues into fuel tanker fire that destroyed Route 22 bridge, state police say” (June 24, 2013). An accident reconstruction expert has been working with state police inspectors to determine the cause of the crash, according to state police spokesman Rob Hicks, reported.

As part of the investigation, authorities will determine whether to file charges against the driver of the diesel truck that overturned May 9, reported.

“Fortunately there were no other vehicles involved in this accident,” Knauss said. “If someone is injured or killed in a truck accident similar to the one in Harrisburg, I would strongly suggest that they or their loved ones speak with an accident attorney. Personal injury lawyers can advocate for the victim and provide resources to investigate the accident and determine who is responsible.”

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About Metzger Wickersham
Established in 1888 by Frank B. Wickersham, the law firm of Metzger Wickersham has a well-earned reputation as a top-notch team of Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers. The law firm’s specialties 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 in 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
3211 North Front St.
Harrisburg, PA 17110

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