I-81 And I-90 Can Play Host To Devastating Trucking Accidents
As Pennsylvania motorists travel our state’s highway system, the safe driving practices of others on the road are no guarantee. Frequently traveled roadways such as I-90 and I-81 see such a high volume of traffic that the occasional accident is to be expected, particularly during the winter months or in other hazardous weather.
Large trucks and commercial vehicles pose a unique threat when involved in an accident. At McCormick & Vilushis LLC, our attorneys understand the catastrophic consequences that can unfold when a collision with a large vehicle occurs. Aside from the considerable damage and injury that can result, liability can also be complex, and we take pride in helping Erie residents as they navigate the aftermath of these serious accidents.
Protecting Yourself And Other Motorists
No matter how experienced a driver may be, mistakes can happen. To avoid an error that could result in serious injury or worse, it is prudent to be aware of certain best practices when traveling on an interstate highway. Some safe driving tips to consider include:
- Be mindful of speed: The posted speed limit is just that – a limit that one should not exceed. When weather conditions obscure visibility, drivers should adjust their speed accordingly.
- Keep to the right: Slower moving traffic should keep to the right lane to allow for safe passing. In snow or rain, this is especially important so as not to disrupt the flow of traffic.
- Account for semi-trucks and other large vehicles: When out on the interstate, it is crucial that drivers safely share the road with trucks and large vehicles. These vehicles call for additional space when passing, and drivers should keep in mind that if they cannot see the other driver in the truck’s rearview mirror, then that driver cannot see them either.
When An Accident Takes Place
Even if a driver exercises perfect judgment on the road, an accident can still happen at the fault of the other driver. When the other motorist is operating a truck or commercial vehicle, the actions that should follow after an accident are important:
- Seek medical attention immediately: For an individual’s own health, immediate medical care is critical. This will also begin the documentation process of the accident.
- Document as much of the scene as possible: Taking pictures of the scene and getting the contact information of any witnesses are wise measures to take after an accident.
- Consult with an attorney: After a trucking accident, there may be multiple liable parties, including the driver, the trucking company or the hiring agency. Because any ensuing personal injury claims can quickly become layered and complex, seeking out the assistance of an experienced attorney is beneficial.