Truck Accident Study Puts PA Among Worst States for Fatal Truck Crashes

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In the wake of last weekend’s multi-vehicle crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, it comes as almost no surprise that a recent study on truck accidents puts Pennsylvania in the top five worst states for fatal truck crashes.

As reported in the Pittsburgh, PA community on, an Arizona law firm conducted a study on truck crashes and trucking accidents, analyzing three years worth of fatal crash data involving straight trucks, tractor trailers, and vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds.

“Over the past several years, the number of large trucks on our roadways has continued to increase,” the study stated. “Along with the growing number of miles driven by truckers has come an overall increase in crash rates and truck-related crash deaths.”

Truck Accident Statistics from Arizona Study

The data analysis from the Phoenix, Arizona law firm resulted in three key discoveries;

  • Between 2015 and 2017, there were 405 fatal truck accidents in Pennsylvania, ranking the commonwealth fifth in the US for the highest number of fatal truck collisions. Texas was first with 1,358 crashes, followed by California – 846; Florida – 693; and Georgia – 514.
  • Pennsylvania led the nation in fatal underride truck crashes – where a passenger vehicle slides under the back or sides of a truck or trailer – with 118 crashes. Second place in fatal underride crashes was California, who was far behind PA with 89 fatal underrides.
  • 1-95 is the third most fatal road in the US for truck accidents.

Truck Accident Lawyers Secure Multi-Million Dollar Awards for Clients

There are a number of factors that can play into the causes and results of a truck accident including roadway conditions and design, driver performance, operational defects, product compliance, weather, and so many more. When catastrophic injury and death are the result, truck accident lawyers will have to step in to advocate for injured parties in order to ensure their interests are represented in the aftermath.

Truck accident attorneys at Messa & Associates have extensive experience in securing substantial six-, seven-, and eight-figure verdicts and settlements for victims of truck accidents and truck crashes, including;

  • $35 Million settlement for a man who now suffers quadriplegia after he was ejected from the seat of his tractor trailer as the result of defective brakes and seatbelt;
  • Confidential seven-figure settlement for the family of a mother and a teenage girl who died when a cement truck crashed into the family vehicle at an excessive rate of speed;
  • $6.9 Million recovery from two truck accident resulting in brain injury to a 70-year-old man, requiring nursing home care;
  • $5.4 Million settlement on behalf of a client who sustained permanent physical and emotional injuries after being run-over by a garbage truck;
  • $3 Million settlement for the victim of a crash caused by a distracted Verizon bucket-truck driver;
  • $1.5 Million recovery on behalf of the Estate of a 20-year-old woman who was killed after being run over in the street by a garbage truck;
  • and more.

If you or a loved one have been involved in a truck accident, the best thing you can do for your recovery and your future is hire an experienced truck accident lawyer to fight for your best interests.

Truck Accident Attorneys Nationwide

If you or a loved one have been injured in a truck accident, bus crash, train derailment, motorcycle crash, or any other motor vehicle accident, call Messa & Associates to speak with an attorney about your options. A free consultation is all that stands between you and the skilled and experienced legal representation you need to recover the most for your injuries. Call 877-MessaLaw (877-637-7252) or submit a free case evaluation form.


Call the Philadelphia personal injury lawyers of Messa & Associates today to discuss your case with a professional who has the knowledge to answer your questions or submit a free online inquiry.

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