Two Dump Truck Accidents Result in Fatalities
Two dump truck accidents have claimed the lives of Pennsylvania residents.
- According to Times-Tribune.com, a 17-year-old recent high school graduate was killed when her vehicle was involved in a crash with a dump truck on Aug 13.She was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash occurred in Windham Township when the teen, traveling east toward Mehoopany, crossed into the path of a dump truck.
- On Aug. 9, a man was hit and killed by a dump truck in Schuylkill County on Aug. 9, according to news reports. The McAdoo resident was hit along South Kennedy Street in McAdoo. He died a few hours later at Lehigh Valley Hospital.
The Large Truck Crash Causation Study (a joint project undertaken by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) determined that dump trucks are one of the large trucks most likely to be in an accident. Nearly 20% of all large truck accidents involve a dump truck.
Why are so many dump trucks involved in serious accidents? Dump trucks have extremely large ‘blind spot’ areas at the front and rear of the truck, as well as on the right side. In addition, dump trucks often spend the majority of their roadway miles in neighborhoods, making them more likely to be involved in accidents with pedestrians. A single dump site or quarry may have dozens of dump trucks coming in and out every day, increasing the likelihood of a cluster of accidents in that area.
If you’ve been seriously injured in an accident with a dump truck, the lawyers at Munley, Munley & Cartwright, P.C., can help. Our truck litigation team is often selected to train other attorneys on trucking accident cases. Contact us today at 1-800-318-LAW1 or use our convenient online accident evaluation form for a free consultation. We accept and resolve major trucking injury cases nationwide.
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