Commercial vehicles—think big rigs, semi-trucks, buses—serve a vital role in Pennsylvania’s economy and public transportation services. Despite their usefulness and relatively low accident rates, commercial vehicles are feared by most motorists on Pennsylvania roadways. This fear is not unfounded: truck accidents usually result in devastating injuries or fatalities for any vehicle that comes in contact with it. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), less than 20 percent of fatalities involving big trucks or commercial vehicles are drivers of said vehicles. With such potential for danger, any truck accident should be treated as a very serious matter.
If you or a loved one were recently involved in a truck accident, you are likely dealing with consequences such as serious injuries, an inability to work, and costly medical bills. Your quality of life has likely plummeted as a result of the truck accident. You should contact an Erie truck accident attorney. An experienced attorney can offer sound consultation, and aggressive representation in the trying times ahead. Attorneys at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman have over 170 years of combined legal experience to draw from. This allows them to confidently offer advice and representation as they seek compensation on your behalf.
Considering the devastating results of truck accidents, commercial drivers are held to high standards. They must obtain a commercial license in order to operate their vehicle. They stand to face stricter penalties and have less leeway when it comes to DUI and traffic violations. Even still, truck accidents still occur due to negligent driving or maintenance.
Exhaustion is a common cause of truck accidents. While there are regulations on driving time, commercial drivers still spend many hours a day on the road. This can lead to exhausted driving, which results in impairment comparable to driving while intoxicated. Driving while distracted by a device is another common form of negligent driving behavior practiced by commercial vehicle drivers. Other negligent driving behavior includes driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and failure to adhere to traffic laws.
Many commercial vehicles are owned by companies. Said companies are responsible for vehicle maintenance. Failing to regularly inspect vehicles or perform consistent part maintenance can result in accidents. In big trucks, issues with the braking system is a common cause of accident.
Driving a big truck is challenging even for experienced drivers. Due the size and design of the vehicle, it can be difficult to make sharp turns and stop in a timely manner. This difficulty is increased when drivers are unfamiliar with the routes they are driving. Driving on unfamiliar roads are a leading cause for big truck accidents.
If you or a loved one were recently involved in a truck accident, you should contact an experienced truck accident attorney. As you are dealing with the injuries and financial costs associated with truck accidents, you should not have to worry about navigating Pennsylvania’s legal system. An experienced attorney can navigate it for your and increase your chances of receiving compensation. Contact Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman today for a free consultation.