PA Trucking Accident Lawyers
As our PA Trucking Accident Lawyers at McEldrew Young Purtell know all too well, commercial truck accidents pose very different and more serious issues compared to normal vehicle collisions. Our attorneys understand the nuances that accompany truck-related accidents. In most circumstances, it is the truck driver or company responsible for vehicle maintenance that is at-fault for the accident. We have the resources needed to investigate further into your case as you pursue damages from the truck driver and/or trucking company.
Factors That Contribute to Truck Accidents
The truck driver who hit you could have been breaking the rules of the road in the moments prior to the collision. It is possible that the trucking company that is supposed to perform routine checks on the vehicle, failed to uphold this duty which led to a mechanical failure mid-drive.
When meeting with our Pennsylvania Trucking Accident Lawyers please provide as much detail as you can as to how the accident occurred in your eyes, so we can adequately evaluate your claim for potential financial compensation.
The most common factors that contribute to truck accidents include:
- Problems with brakes
- Prescription drugs
- Speeding during poor weather conditions
- Trucker unfamiliar with roadway
- Trucker under influence of alcohol
- Truck driver fatigue
Truck Driver Fatigue
A truck driver that is fatigued behind the wheel can be a huge danger to others on the road. Lacking sufficient sleep can cause a truck driver to fall asleep behind the wheel, speed faster than they realize, swerve into another lane, and become unable to respond quickly to changing road conditions. Unfortunately, driver fatigue results in thousands of tragic accidents per year, in which the passenger car driver may not have survived.
Clients may ask our PA Lawyers for Trucking Accidents about whether anything is being done to help reduce the occurence of fatigued truck drivers. Federal trucking laws do require that:
- The trucker does not exceed a certain number of hours driving in one sitting without a rest period
- The trucker must take sufficient time off between driving shifts
- The trucker does not exceed driving a certain number of hours within a week
- The trucker must log their driving hours and breaks as a way to keep track
When it comes to truck accidents, our Trucking Accident Lawyers in Pennsylvania do not treat them lightly. If you were injured, then you deserve to have someone fight for your losses, injuries, and damages.
Falsifying Log Books
Truckers may lie about their driving hours and breaks in the log book, as a way to get ahead of schedule to meet a deadline on-time. Since a trucker is often not riding with another person, they don’t have anyone there to hold them accountable for violations of federal trucking regulations. Sadly, many trucking companies may hint to their drivers that falsifying log books is acceptable, placing additional pressure and an unrealistic schedule demand onto their workers.
If you or someone you love was in a truck accident, please know that you may deserve a large chunk of money in financial restitution for what happened. We will do everything in our power to see that you recover for an accident you didn’t cause. We can book you a free consultation with our Trucking Accident Lawyers based in PA from McEldrew Young Purtell at your earliest convenience.