Trucks, tractor-trailers, semis and big rigs are truly the kings of the road. These behemoth vehicles barrel down the road, passing everything in sight, unstoppable in their quest to get where they’re going, often with tons of freight on board. Because of their sheer mass and size, they can cause massive destruction to anything or anyone that is unlucky enough to get in their path. If you’ve been injured during a truck accident, you are likely reeling from this immediate disruption in your life. Our truck accident attorney can help you pick up the pieces and start the process of being made whole again.
Some of the most serious injuries and devastating fatalities result from truck accidents each year. There were nearly 6,600 truck-related wrecks in Pennsylvania in 2014, with nearly 140 of them proving fatal. These horrible accidents can occur in the blink of an eye, changing everything within minutes and setting accident victims up for years or even a lifetime of pain and suffering.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Much like motor vehicle accidents, truck accidents are oftentimes caused by speeding drivers, only the impact is much greater, since a big truck can be 40 or more times heavier and bigger than a standard passenger auto. Drivers failing to obey the rules of the road, and drivers driving drunk or under the influence of drugs may also cause horrific truck accidents. With the advent of texting and driving, it is not uncommon for someone to be firing off a text message and find themselves enthralled in a big truck accident. In addition, many of these accidents are caused by failures in tires and wheels, power train components, steering or braking systems.
Another major cause of big truck accidents is driver fatigue and sleepiness. Operators of big trucks are usually on tight deadlines to get their cargo where it is going and on time. Although there are strict rules in place by the Department of Transportation about drivers getting specific amounts of rest between stretches of time behind the wheel, some operators alter their records to get around these rules—and may fall asleep while driving as a result. When a driver is following DOT rules, he/she will drive for no longer than 11 hours within a 14-hour period.
Truck Accident Damages
Because of the seriousness of many injuries related to big truck accidents, the claims in these cases can be high value and thus aggressively defended by the respective insurer for the trucker or trucking company. Nonetheless, if the operator or the company is found negligent in the crash, you may be awarded medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages to which you may be entitled.
Big insurance companies have top-notch attorneys working hard on their side and you should too. We help you get your financial house back in order after your accident so that you can focus on recovery and moving forward. Turn to our Bensalem truck accident attorney for the legal help you need following your injury. Our consultation is free, so schedule your case review now.