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Tow Truck Driver Hit And Killed On Pennsylvania Highway

Posted On Behalf of Schmidt Kramer Injury Lawyers on May 14, 2012 in General

A 23-year-old tow truck driver was killed Wednesday night on-the-job after being struck by a passing tractor-trailer. According to  ABC 27 News, the accident occurred in the westbound lanes of Route 581 near Lemoyne, Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania state police told reporters that the tow truck driver was assisting the driver of a broken down vehicle on the side of the highway at the time of the incident. They stated that the driver was loading the vehicle onto the back of his flatbed truck when a passing tractor-trailer hit and killed him. Neither the 63-year-old driver of the tractor-trailer nor the driver of the disabled vehicle was injured in the crash. Investigators are still working to determine if negligence on the part of the tractor-trailer driver is to blame for the crash, and they say charges are pending the outcome of the inquiry into the accident. Accidents like these are common with workers who use highway service vehicles, such as police, tow truck drivers, and maintenance workers. One theory that explains why these accidents are so prevalent among these occupations is called the moth effect.  The moth effect says that human drivers are attracted to lights they see in low visibility scenarios and will even follow those lights off the road.
The Pennsylvania car accident attorneys with Schmidt Kramer injury lawyers ask that, for safety’s sake, motorists move into the left lane when you see flashing service vehicle lights. This gives workers plenty of space to get their job done safely.