A woman from New York and her two children died when a tractor trailer slammed into the rear of the car on I-81 in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. The truck crash happened at 3 AM on October 23.
The Pennsylvania State Police stated that five people were in a Nissan Altima going north on I-81 when a Freightliner big rig slammed into the back of the sedan.
The Lackawanna County coroner stated that the Nissan was driven by Alicia Stocks, 25, from Rockaway, New York. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the truck crash. Her two children also died; their names and ages were not released.
Two other passengers in the Nissan and the truck driver suffered minor injuries.
Rear end tractor trailer crashes are some of the most devastating and deadly accidents on American roads. When a truck is traveling at high way speed and slams into a stationary car, such as in a traffic jam, the car as well as the occupants often is obliterated. Unfortunately, far too many rear end truck crashes occur that either seriously injure or kill innocent drivers every year. Our Virginia truck crash personal injury attorneys handle many of these terrible tragedies.
According to the Large Truck Crash Causation Study or LTCCS, approximately 8% of large truck crashes happen when truck drivers are either distracted or falling asleep behind the wheel. Also, fatigue is a major factor in many night time truck crashes. The NHTSA estimates that 100,000 crashes reported to the police each year are due to drowsy driving.
Each state has a commercial driver’s manual, and ours in Virginia warns truck drivers to think carefully before they drive and be certain they are awake and alert. The manual notes that getting six hours of sleep or less per night triples your risk of a truck accident.
Nothing can bring back the deceased victims of a rear end truck crash, but the surviving family can and should file a wrongful death lawsuit to obtain justice. They may be entitled to pain and suffering, lost wages, funeral costs, and possibly punitive damages om a wrongful death action.