May 20, 2016

Truck drivers often engage in late night or early morning driving. Pennsylvania residents often witness truck drivers traveling long distances throughout the late night hours. The increasing number of trucks and large vehicles on the road makes it more likely for these vehicles to become involved in a collision. When a car accident occurs and a truck is involved, not only is there a wreck, but there could also be seriously injured drivers and passengers. Often these types of crashes result in lane or road closures and increased traffic.

A two-vehicle collision recently occurred in Bethlehem Township on Route 22. A minivan and a tractor-trailer crashed just before 4 a.m. The truck was hauling cement at the time of the accident. Emergency crews responded to the incident and assessed those involved in the wreck. A man was trapped in the minivan for a short amount of time and the van sustained a significant amount of damage to the front-end of the vehicle. It wasn’t clear if both drivers were injured, but the injuries suffered were described as being minor.

Police are still investigating the accident and they have not determined the cause of the collision. A person injured in an accident like this might be able to file a personal injury claim if the negligence of the other driver contributed to the accident. An award from a suit could cover medical bills, damages and lost wages that result from the collision.

No matter what time of day or what type of vehicle is being driven, drivers should always be cautious. Whether driving in dense traffic or empty roads, drivers should always watch their speeds and remain attentive while behind the wheel. Drivers should avoid texting while driving at all times, because all it takes is a few seconds for an accident to occur.

Source: The Express-Times, “Route 22 East closed for about 30 minutes by accident in Bethlehem Township, Pa,” Tony Rhodin, May 15, 2013