We have successfully handled numerous claims for clients who have been injured in truck crashes. Truck drivers only have one goal in mind, deliver the product on time. There are many truck accidents that are caused by:
- Fatigue. Truck drivers are legally required to take a 10-hour rest after 14 hours of consecutive driving. When drivers become sleep-deprived, they can make mistakes or engage in risky driving behaviors.
- Distracted driving. Though texting and driving receives a lot of attention, truck drivers may also be distracted by two-way radios and GPS systems
- Chemical enhancements. The legal BAC limit in Pennsylvania is 0.04 percent for any driver with a CDL, which is the equivalent of about one bottle of beer per hour. Many drivers use non-FDA-approved energy drinks or pills to help keep them alert on the road. It’s possible that these enhancements could have a negative effect on drivers.
- Unsafe conditions and vehicles. Not all truck accidents are caused by the driver; defective equipment, overloaded beds and blown tires also contribute to truck accidents.
Are there any limitations for filing an injury claim due to a truck accident?
Statutes of limitation differ for each state, but in Pennsylvania, you have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you do not file within this time period, you are barred from pursuing your claim. In Pennsylvania, minors have until their 20th birthday to file a personal injury suit.