February 20, 2013

Driving in the late night hours can make a driver more vulnerable to accidents. Truck drivers tend to travel throughout the night and into the early morning, and the dark road conditions could increase the chances of a truck accident. These massive vehicles usually carry large loads or deliveries. When they are in a collision, the accident site is usually large also, causing much damage to other vehicles. In addition, a tractor-trailer accident can cause a larger accident by involving other vehicles in a chain-reaction manner.

Two accidents in Salem recently occurred on the same night and police responded to both incidents in order to provide emergency aid. The first accident involved a tractor-trailer and another vehicle. The accident occurred shortly after 9 p.m. on Route 22. The status of the drivers and any passengers in the vehicles has not yet been reported.

The second incident involved a pick-up truck and a car. The collision occurred around 8 p.m. near the intersection of Middletown and Bus Garage roads. Emergency crews responded to the incident and at least one person was transported from the scene to the hospital.

Both incidents are still under investigation. Details surrounding the collisions and any purported causes have not been released at this time. A person injured in accidents like these might have a personal injury claim, as serious injuries are not unusual when cars and trucks come into contact. The injured party might have significant financial burdens after the incident and the compensation awarded from the suit could go towards expenses such as medical bills, damages, lost wages and pain and suffering.

No matter what time of day or night a driver is traveling on the road, they should always remain alert and aware of their surroundings. Drivers with bad night vision or who are fatigued should avoid driving during those times, and truck drivers have even more responsibility to ensure they drive only when they are fully alert.

Source:, “Accidents reported in Hempfield, Salem,” Feb 14, 2013