Driving safety of trucks used in fracking questioned

Lately there have been some concerns regarding the way in which those trucks are being driven. More specifically drivers have been accused of:

  • Driving in the middle of the road.
  • Failing to obey traffic signs.
  • Speeding.

In one case a bridge collapsed, allegedly because of the weight of a water tanker truck that crossed it. That truck was reported to have weighed four times the legal limit.

To address the issue two politicians recently proposed a regional “truck safety summit.”As a part of the summit Marcus Shale companies would be asked to review the safety procedures they currently follow. The goal is to prevent incidents from occurring in the future. The politicians have sought input from the state Department of Transportation and the state police as well.

Keeping the roads safe in the state of Pennsylvania is important to many. Even when steps are taken to make roads safer crashes can occur however. Depending on the circumstances surrounding an accident it is possible that someone who is injured could decide to file a lawsuit against the trucking company responsible for the truck involved in the crash.

Source: Observer-Reporter, “Marcellus Shale truck safety summit proposed,” Emily Petsko, Oct. 14, 2014