Injuries Reported in Tractor-Trailer Accident on Route 33 in Northampton County, PA
Northampton County, PA -- June 29, 2022, injuries were reported following an accident where two commercial trucks collided on Route 33.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around noon along Route 33 near the Hecktown Road exit.
From reports, it appears that a tractor-trailer traveling southbound on the highway somehow went across the median and crashed with a northbound tractor-trailer. Due to the collision, injuries were reported. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Tractor-Trailer Accident on Route 33 in Northampton County
A tractor-trailer crossing into oncoming traffic is obviously very serious, and frankly the most likely explanation is that the truck driver was doing something wrong. But it's entirely possible there are extenuating circumstances to consider. It could be something unpredictable such as a mechanical defect or tire blowout, but it's also possible circumstances surrounding the driver's job led to the crash. Is that something investigators are looking into?
I often find there are complex issues authorities don't give enough attention to, and those issues can be crucial for victims and families involved in a serious truck wreck. For example, I had this case not long ago where a truck driver caused a serious crash due to a medical emergency. As unavoidable as it seemed, though, our independent investigations revealed unique factors police didn't consider.
It turned out the driver had a long history of health issues that clearly should have kept him from operating a commercial truck. After all, employers have a responsibility to ensure their drivers can do their job safely--both for the sake of the public and the drivers themselves. This company either never bothered to ensure that driver's ability to operate safely, or they saw the red flags and ignored them. It's difficult to say which would be worse.
In a situation like that, a seemingly out-of-the-blue, unavoidable crash becomes the result of extreme negligence that easily could have been avoided. That's why I'm always adamant that experienced investigators look into accidents like this. There's no telling what authorities may have allowed to slip through the cracks.