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Two tractor trailers in Pennsylvania accident

Because of their sheer size, accidents involving tractor trailers can be much more severe than accidents involving standard cars. A standard tractor trailer can weigh 80,000 pounds, more than 200 times the weight of a standard car, which weighs in at around three thousand pounds. So, it's understandable how severe accidents with these vehicles can happen. However, as it turns out, there is one type of vehicle that can stand up pretty well to a tractor trailer accident: another tractor trailer.

On the morning of October 25, two tractor trailers demonstrated this for rush hour traffic when one tractor trailer rear ended another, resulting in both of them crashing and the eastbound lanes of the Pennsylvania Turnpike being shut down. Fortunately, no other vehicles were involved, and the only injuries received were to one of the drivers who was transported to the hospital with facial lacerations.

At this time, there is no known cause for the accident. However, since one rear ended the other, it is likely that the trunk in front stopped faster than the truck driver in back could react, resulting in the rear ending. The specific reason for this isn't known yet but could involve any number of things, from a speeding truck driver, an inattentive truck driver, a drunk truck driver or defective auto parts like brakes.

Although the highway being shut down was likely very annoying for commuters, it appears that everyone in this case was lucky. Both vehicles were large enough to withstand the accident, and no other people were involved. All in all, this was a good ending to a situation that could have been much worse. Not all accidents end this way - anyone who has been in an accident should seek out the best information available in order to assess their potential legal options.

Source: "Tractor trailer accident blocks eastbound lanes of turnpike in Cumberland County," Oct. 23, 2012

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