Truck Accident

Accidents involving large trucks often result in serious injury and raise numerous questions about liability. A truck driver will not always face full liability in a trucking accident, and every detail of the incident will inform liability decisions and recovery claims. At Hill & Associates, P.C., we offer complete legal services for those injured in large truck accidents. As Philadelphia truck accident lawyers, we represent truck occupants, passenger vehicle occupants, and pedestrians in truck-related injury claims. From investigating the cause of the accident to negotiating with insurers or pursuing a jury trial, we will protect your right to pursue fair compensation in the state of Pennsylvania.

Large Truck Accident Statistics

In 2015, 3,852 people lost their lives in commercial large truck accidents. Of those, 69% were in passenger vehicles at the time of the accident and 15% were pedestrians, motorcyclists, or bicyclists. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s latest facts, 61% of large truck accidents happen in rural areas. Most fatal crashes occur during the week, and many happen during the nighttime hours. While many commercial drivers follow safe driving habits, negligent truck drivers often contribute to serious and life-threatening injuries during an accident.

Pennsylvania Truck Laws

At Hill & Associates, P.C., our Philadelphia truck accident attorneys believe that every driver bears a responsibility to act reasonably and follow the rules of the road when they get behind the wheel. The courts hold certain drivers, however, to a higher standard of care. Professional drivers undergo hours of on-the-road training and driving courses to maintain a commercial license. Under federal and state regulations, commercial drivers must use extreme caution when driving large trucks on the roadways – particularly in high traffic areas and during inclement weather.

In the state of Pennsylvania, truck drivers must adhere to particular standards of operation. They must carefully manage all freight loads and maintain their trucks according to state recommendations. The state strictly enforces weight restrictions as well as hazardous material transportation. When drivers fail to properly load trailers, maintain their vehicles, report statistics, and drive safely according to best practices, the state and the federal government may initiate noncompliance actions.

In civil claims, failure to follow mandatory guidelines constitutes negligence. Truck drivers and their employers who fail to operate according to recommended standards may face liability for any resulting injuries. The Philadelphia accident lawyers at Hill & Associates, P.C. know the trucking industry regulations that affect drivers on our roadways. We will use all applicable regulations to prove negligence in truck accident claims.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Truck accidents can happen under a variety of circumstances, but most arise from human failure under particular circumstances. Some of the most common accident contributing factors include:

  • Truck driver errors. Distracted, tired, intoxicated, and careless driving can easily result in an accident on the roadways. Commercial drivers who fail to run through their pre-drive checklists or to stop at appropriate weigh stations may face additional scrutiny for negligent actions.
  • Trucking company errors. Trucking companies who employ regular employees bear a responsibility to train and support their drivers in accordance with industry standards. When trucking companies fail to train and manage truck drivers appropriately, drivers may contribute to accidents.
  • Passenger vehicle errors. Occasionally, passenger vehicles cause large truck accidents. When drivers cut too closely in front of large trucks, swerve in and out of lanes, or stop suddenly, they may contribute to an accident.
  • Automotive defects. In some accident claims, a defective part may fly off of a truck or cause the truck to malfunction and cause an accident. In these claims, an auto manufacturer or maintenance contractor may face responsibility for injuries.

The cause of an accident reveals liability in truck accident claims. Our attorneys are committed to uncovering the true nature of an accident and making sure the truth comes out in settlement negotiations or in trial.

Contact a Philadelphia Truck Accident Lawyer Today

Trucking companies employ full in-house legal teams to minimize liability in regulatory proceedings and in the wake of car accidents. To obtain fair and full compensation, you may need to fight hard to reveal the true facts of a claim. At Hill & Associates, P.C., we will put our 20 years of experience to work for your best interests. Contact our office today for a free case evaluation with a truck accident attorney in Philadelphia, PA.

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