In last week's post, the dangers of Pennsylvania seasonal rain and fog were discussed. Another cause of dangerous truck accidents, though, can be the related potholes that tend to crop up every spring in the Erie area. When potholes are located on highways and interstates, the dangers they pose can be severe. Still, drivers must remain attentive and avoid potholes, so long as that avoidance does not entail swerving into another vehicle. Escaping damaging obstacles in the road may not always be easy, but it is every driver's responsibility.
Recently, on Interstate 80, a
commercial vehicle collision
occurred that may have been caused by an inattentive truck driver striking a pothole. South of Erie in Mercer County, a tractor-trailer was cruising east on I-80 when it veered towards the right side of the road, going over the rumble strips that many local drivers are likely familiar with. The 25-year-old truck driver then veered towards the left, striking multiple potholes in the process. The truck then crossed into the left lane of traffic, collided with a guardrail and also swiped a bridge rail.
However, the truck accident did not stop there. The semi then entered a median and hit a 34-year-old man who had been stopped in the center median changing a tire. The man had to be taken to a local hospital. His serious injuries were described as life-threatening.
Many local residents have probably been in the position of having to stop and change a tire on the road, either off on the shoulder or in the center median. Being struck by a large truck in such a situation can be enormously tragic. Those who believe they may have been the victim of truck driver fatigue or other negligence, such as speeding, on the part of a truck operator may consult with an Erie truck accident attorney for information on their legal rights and options.
Source: Erie Times-News, "
Man critically injured in I-80 accident
," March 5, 2015