Truck accidents often occur at high speeds and usually result in very serious, catastrophic injuries not only to the truck driver, but also other, innocent drivers on the road. In addition, truck accidents which occur on major highways or expressways almost always result in fatalities.
Recovering Damages in a Truck Accident Lawsuit in Pennsylvania
Those injured due to the negligence of a truck driver may file legal claims to recover for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and property damage. However, Pennsylvania motor vehicle accident laws are very complex and so it is important to have the case reviewed immediately.
Claims of Negligence in Truck Accident Cases in Pennsylvania
The following acts of negligence are often alleged in truck accident lawsuits:
1. falling asleep
2. swerving/improper lane change,
4. operating a truck while intoxicated,
5. negligent maintenance, and
6. negligent training.
The vast majority of truck driver errors which result in accidents involve falling asleep or being drowsy. This is because drowsiness results in slower reaction times and inability to recognize symptoms of exhaustion. In addition, sleepiness and exhaustion may cause a driver to swerve, or a sleepy driver may fail to stay in a lane or fail to navigate a lane change. In fact, a common scenario involves a truck driver who fails to execute a proper lane change and then comes into contact with another car on the road.
Speeding is another common claim made in truck accident cases. Employers often require that transported items be delivered within a certain time frame. This kind of requirement puts truck drivers in a position where they feel they have no choice but to speed, in order to make their deliveries on time.
Employers are often guilty of failing to have trucks properly serviced prior to use. For instance, many trucks operate with bald or practically bald tires. In wet or icy weather conditions, driving with bald tires is extremely dangerous and absolutely increases the chances of an accident. In addition, employers may be guilty of failing to train their truck drivers appropriately, especially training drivers on the complex truck safety regulations.
Related Legal Articles:
- Pennsylvania Trucking Accident Update: Truck Driver Rule Changes
- Proving Intoxication in a Pennsylvania Truck Accident
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Published: July 3, 2012