Pennsylvania residents are gearing up for summer and all the activities that come with the season. Whether they are taking a road trip, heading to a ball game or going to the beach, travelers on Pennsylvania's interstates are sure to encounter another ubiquitous feature of summertime: orange construction barrels. Unfortunately, construction slow-downs on the road have the propensity to lead to serious car accidents.
All Pennsylvania motorists, whether they operate a truck or an automobile, need to drive safely. This means watching speed and taking care to look in both directions before turning. If even one of these steps are not followed, it could lead to a serious or even fatal accident, as one tragic incident recently showed.
Texting and driving is dangerous for any motorist in Pennsylvania, but it is especially dangerous for drivers of semi-trucks. In fact, truck drivers who engage in texting and driving are 23.2 times more likely to be involved in a car accident, or other safety-critical event. Moreover, if a truck driver is travelling at 55 miles per hour, and engages in texting and driving for even 4.6 seconds, it is the equivalent to driving a stretch of road as long as a football field with his or her eyes closed.
The morning commute can be a headache for some in Pennsylvania. But, residents usually reach their schools and workplaces without much incident. Yet, it only takes one wrong move by an impatient driver to cause a devastating collision. This was the case recently as a school bus driver was killed.
Peppering highways and interstates running throughout Pennsylvania are rest stops. Not only were they pleasant place for drivers to have a picnic, use the restroom and check out a map, but also these rest stops were a beacon to weary truck drivers. Even the simplest ones still provided truck drivers with a safe place to stop and catch some sleep. After all, a drowsy truck driver is a dangerous truck driver. But, these rest stops are starting to disappear across the nation.
Self-driving vehicles may seem like something out of a sci-fi novel or movie, but as Pennsylvania residents may know, they are being developed for eventual use by a number of up-and-coming ventures. One of these companies, Embark -- a self-driving truck startup -- has officially revealed its highway autopilot system that it believes will be the "brain" of self-driving trucks.
Trucks are a part of the landscape in Allegheny and across the U.S. While the majority of these trucks are simply seen and accepted as necessary to transport goods back and forth, it can be ignored that an 18-wheeler truck accident can cause serious injuries and even death. These vehicles are large, often travel at high speed and go long distances. The drivers might or might not be qualified. The truck could be operated unsafely. For those who have been injured or lost a loved one in a truck crash, certain factors that recede into the background must be considered. One is trucker health.
Every day, countless commercial trucks travel on major roadways throughout Pennsylvania and other states across the nation. While these vehicles play a vital role, shipping and delivering goods to and from places, semi-trucks can also cause dangers on the roads as well. Although federal trucking regulations seek to reduce the dangers and accidents caused by commercial trucks, no regulation can prevent negligent truck drivers from getting behind the wheel.
Every day, large commercial trucks travel on major roadways throughout Pennsylvania and other states across the nation. While these massive tractor-trailer trucks present many risks to other drivers, federal trucking regulations exist to mitigate these risks. However, with the recent election and the impending change in the nation's highest political office, it is possible that some of these regulations might be eliminated. While these changes could mean improvements in the trucking industry, they could have unwanted consequences.
Driving near a large commercial truck is commonplace for most motorists in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. These massive vehicles help with the transportation of various goods, assisting with intrastate and interstate commerce. And, with the increase in the purchase of goods and commodities, and the demand to have them delivered sooner, it is likely that drivers will share the road with numerous semi-trucks and tractor-trailer trucks.