Semi truck accidents are among the most dangerous, devastating, and deadly accidents on our roads. The sheer weight and size of these massive vehicles ensure that nearly every accident involving one is a serious accident. The heavily trafficked highways of Pennsylvania see their share of truck accidents, so be on the lookout whenever you are sharing the road with semi trucks.
Truck accidents can happen for a variety of reasons:
Truckers are professional drivers who put in long hours behind the wheel. Truckers, however, aren’t immune to negligent driving, including driving while distracted, driving under the influence, driving aggressively, and speeding.
Commercial truckers need professional licensure and must have appropriate training, but trucking companies have been known to cut corners and send inexperienced truck drivers out on the road before they’re ready. This is a dangerous practice that can lead to exceedingly dangerous accidents.
Over-the-road truck drivers are heavily regulated, but the trucking industry itself also puts a lot of pressure on drivers to run long routes on short deadlines. Tight, unrealistic driving schedules can lead to driver fatigue, error, and other unsafe driving practices.
Semi trucks have large blind spots, where the driver cannot see other vehicles beside or behind their rigs. The worst blind spot is the trucker’s right-hand side, which can make passing a truck on the right extremely dangerous. Allowing trucks plenty of room on the road is the best way not to get caught in a dangerous blind spot.
Trucks require regular and highly specific maintenance to remain safe on our roads. Such maintenance includes routine inspections of the vehicle’s brakes, tires, safety mirrors, coupling devices, hydraulic systems, and many other critical elements. Poor maintenance or lack of maintenance can lead to devastating truck accidents.
When a big rig is fully loaded, it’s even heavier and can be even more deadly. When the load isn’t packed and secured according to industry safety standards, it can make the truck top-heavy and even more difficult to handle in adverse driving situations as the load shifts and alters the semi’s center of gravity. A poorly loaded semi can cause or contribute to an accident.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident in Pennsylvania, you need an experienced Pennsylvania truck accident attorney. The dedicated legal team at The Levin Firm in Philadelphia has the commitment, skill, and compassion to help guide your claim forward and help you recover compensation for your injuries. Your claim is important, and we’re here to help.
Because they are professional drivers who man massive, dangerous machines, truckers are held to heightened regulations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) imposes strict regulations on truckers, including:
While violating these restrictions can exact hefty fines and penalties, the hectic nature of the trucking industry nonetheless pushes some truckers to ignore those standards.
Truck accidents often pose complex legal questions best handled by a skilled truck accident attorney. These issues include:
Truck accidents are complicated, and it’s often necessary to look beyond just the driver to determine who’s ultimately at fault. The truck driver, the trucking company, the truck manufacturer, and the truck mechanics can all potentially share the blame in a truck accident.
In a truck accident, a variety of insurance policies—depending on the circumstances—may apply. For instance, the trucking company’s overall policy, the policy on the specific truck, and the truck owner’s policy can all play a role in the claim.
We’ve established that truckers are professional drivers, but trucking companies are responsible for hiring and training truckers in compliance with strict standards and regulations. When they fail to do so, the company itself can be implicated in any accident that ensues.
Large trucking companies, as well as their insurers, are generally well prepared to defend a lawsuit with their own legal teams when a truck is involved in an accident. The trucking companies often bring in specialized accident investigators, expert witnesses, and attorneys who specialize in trucking law, which can leave an injured accident victim without an experienced attorney at a disadvantage.
Those issues can make trucking accident cases particularly challenging and overwhelming, especially when you’ve been injured. Don’t hesitate to seek an experienced truck accident attorney to help.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident, you need experienced legal counsel. At The Levin Firm in Philadelphia, our attorneys have experience dealing with these kinds of cases. While no amount of money can ever turn back the clock and return you to your pre-accident self, we have the skills, commitment, and compassion to help ensure you obtain compensation for your injuries while you focus on your recovery. Our dedicated truck accident attorneys are here to help, so please contact or call us at 215-825-5183 today.
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