The roads of Pennsylvania have more than their fair share of big rig truck traffic. Virtually anything can be in the trailers being pulled by these vehicles. And if an accident should occur involving a truck carrying a hazardous load, all other road users can be placed in immediate danger.
Recently in Swatara Township, a tractor trailer overturned while driving on a ramp leading to a state route. Reportedly, the tractor trailer was carrying a cargo of 110 cows. Nine of the cows actually got loose but were rounded up by first responders who took them to a garage near the scene. Sadly, around half of the cows in the trailer were either killed in the accident or had to be euthanized due to the severity of their injuries.
Witnesses of the accident said the driver did not seem to be speeding and was not injured. Luckily, there were no other reports of damage or injuries.
But the incident clearly demonstrates how truck accidents can lead to secondary collisions. First, accidents involving trucks frequently result in lengthy road shutdowns. This accident reportedly happened at 1:30 pm but was not cleared up until 7:00 pm. Such situations can cause more traffic congestion and, in turn, more chances for accidents.
Moreover, semi trucks often haul hazardous cargo. This time, the cargo was cows, some of which got loose. But trucks also carry chemicals and other materials that could be flammable or poisonous.
If you or a member of your family has been injured in a truck accident, you may wish to contact a Pennsylvania personal injury attorney. Sometimes it takes a thorough investigation to determine liability in a truck accident and if the driver was negligent. An attorney could perform such an investigation and work on your behalf to help get the full measure of compensation you are entitled to.