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Crash statistics show the facts about crashes in Pennsylvania

Traveling in Pennsylvania is generally safe, but there are some risks that you may face. For example, truck drivers may become drowsy behind the wheel and go out of their lanes, or a bus driver could merge unexpectedly and cause a crash.

The good news is that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has reported that 2018 had the third-lowest number of crashes with fatalities on record. In total, 1,190 people were killed that year. In 2019, 7,631 heavy trucks were involved in crashes. Interestingly, compared with other years, it was more likely that someone would be involved in a crash while traveling in a light truck, SUV or van.

What are some common causes of truck crashes in Pennsylvania?

Some common causes of truck crashes include:

  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Vehicle defects
  • Work zone mistakes
  • Distractions
  • Driver fatigue

Other possible causes could be drunk driving, drowsy driving, texting and driving, speeding and other actions.

When are crashes most likely to happen in Pennsylvania?

Crashes are most likely to happen in January, October and December, according to the 2019 Pennsylvania Crash Facts and Statistics. More crashes happened on Wednesday and Friday, although there was a greater number of fatalities on the weekends.

These statistics aren’t necessarily going to make the roads safer for you, but they can give you an idea of when to drive and what to look for to avoid a collision. Our website has more on what you can do if you’re involved in a crash and suffer injuries. If a truck driver hits you, they should be held responsible for their actions.