Winter is right around the corner and with it means snow and ice, causing auto accidents left and right. According to NHTSA, Pennsylvania was ranked as the second most dangerous state for winter driving. Coupled with the fact that PA highways are major trucking routes, it can be a scary season for many drivers.
In a snowstorm, slabs of ice are formed on the roofs of parked trailers. Unless the ice is removed by the trucking company or the driver, the slabs of ice fall from the tractor trailers onto the highways and other vehicles, creating significant danger on our highways. While falling ice has been a known hazard for decades, trucking companies have paid scant attention to the risk it poses.97% of the trucking industry consists of companies with fewer than 20 trucks and can’t afford costly snow-removal systems, which can run tens of thousands of dollars. Some larger companies do have devices at their terminals that truckers can drive through that push off ice and snow, and those who own their own tractor trailers can use brushes or scrapers designed to clear off their trailer roofs, but they’re not always effective.Pennsylvania State Sen. Lisa Boscola has spent years trying to expand the current law to require drivers to clear accumulated ice and snow, and establish fines for violators, including tractor trailers. Under the current law, a driver can only face a fine or penalty when projectile snow or ice from a vehicle results in the death or “serious bodily injury” of another driver.
It is important to keep your distance to avoid serious accidents and injuries from large trucks. Never speed or tailgate and make sure your own vehicle is winter ready:
And always be aware of the truck drivers in your path. Give large trucks a very wide berth. If, however, you were involved in a trucking accident, remember that one of the most important steps is to seek representation from a qualified, personal injury lawyer familiar with all the nuances of the law when a truck accident occurs in our state. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact us today.
Rachel D. Olszewski, an attorney at Scartelli Olszewski, P.C., is a dedicated advocate for clients who have suffered unjust harm. Following the legacy of her esteemed family members, Rachel specializes in personal injury, medical malpractice, and criminal defense. She is actively involved in professional associations and serves on the board of the Luzerne County Bar Association Charitable Foundation. Rachel is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania state courts and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
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