Traffic laws and regulations exist to maintain order and safety on Pennsylvania roads. When a person does not adhere to traffic laws, order and safety may be hindered, possibly resulting in car and truck accidents. Due to their size, large trucks can cause serious harm and damage to smaller vehicles and their drivers. Recently, the driver of a construction boom truck who allegedly failed to stop at a red light and caused a serious accident two years ago was arraigned for aggravated assault by motor vehicle.
Boom trucks are large trucks often used to transport large supplies for construction and building sites. The boom truck involved in the accident was driven by a 29-year-old man who was transporting drywall. After he allegedly ran the red light, he struck a 25-year-old female’s car on her driver’s side door, which caused her to become trapped in her car. According to reports, the female victim was airlifted to a medical facility and suffered serious and debilitating injuries.
Accident reconstruction experts reported that the boom truck’s brakes had serious deficiencies. They also said that the driver likely did not drive in the correct gear to properly slow down while driving through the intersection. The construction company who owns the truck stated that they were not aware of the worn out brakes, and they rely on their drivers to inform them of any needed maintenance.
As the victim sustained severe and permanent injuries, she likely continues to receive expensive medical and therapy bills. Due to her disabling injuries, she likely has lost time at work, which further compounds financial stress. Pennsylvania lawyers who have experience handling truck accidents and dealing with trucking companies are able to advise victims of negligence about their rights and help them seek compensation in civil court. Based on the evidence presented, a civil court may award monetary awards to cover many accident-related expenses.
Source: observer-reporter.com, “Former Slovan man arraigned on charges filed in crash“, Kathie Warco, Feb. 10, 2017