As our PA Trucking Accident Lawyers at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt 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.
Truck Accidents Can Be Worse
With your car weighing in at 3,000 to 5,000 pounds at most, and a typical loaded eighteen-wheeler weighing 70,000 pounds or more, it’s not hard to imagine that the effects of a collision are much more likely to be bad. Trucks require much more stopping distance than cars, so a moment’s inattention on the part of a truck driver can have horrific consequences, including injury, permanent disability, or death for the occupants of a passenger car or light truck which gets in its way.
Trucks also have greater problems with visibility, can jackknife under heavy braking or icy road conditions, and are generally much more complex to drive safely. The pressure on the industry to hire enough drivers has led to more drivers on the road who have less training. This can lead to dangerous situations with eighteen-wheelers. If you have been injured in a truck accident, please call the PA trucking accident lawyers from the law firm of McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt.
Truck Line Insurance Adjusters Are Adept at Denying Claims
Truck lines are required to be insured for vast amounts of money to cover their liability to the public. For that matter, the value of their freight is often very high, and this has to be covered too. As a result, their internal process when one of their trucks is involved in an accident is a well-oiled machine. It’s not uncommon for them to send their own investigators to the scene of an accident within hours of it happening. They will have done their homework and started looking for ways to minimize or deny your claim. You need to be equally well represented by an experienced PA trucking accident lawyer, and should not delay in calling one today.
Your Damages Are Likely to Be More Severe
Automobiles have improved remarkably over the past few decades, and it’s not uncommon to walk away from an accident with another car without an injury. Unfortunately, if you’re hit by an eighteen-wheeler the odds are not as favorable. Costly medical claims, disability, lost wages, and the damage to your vehicle are all things that you may have to fight for, and experienced PA trucking accident lawyers can help you understand all the damages you should recover to make it a fair settlement.
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 Merritt at your earliest convenience.