A Philadelphia truck accident lawyer at Wieand Law Firm can help if you were injured in a commercial trucking accident in Pennsylvania. For motorists on highways and interstates, the proliferation of large commercial trucks has made driving even more dangerous. In fact, about one out of 10 highway deaths occur in a crash involving a large truck.
The difference between a truck’s size and the size of most typical passenger vehicles causes accidents between the two vehicle types extremely hazardous. The typical truck can outweigh a passenger vehicle by 20-30 times the passenger vehicles weight. Additionally, the smaller vehicle can become lodged underneath the large truck due to the significant difference in vehicle heights. These differences often lead to significant injury or death of individuals in the passenger vehicle. If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident that resulted in serious injury or death, you should consult with a Philadelphia truck accident lawyer.
Causes of Truck Accidents
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a Large Truck Causation Study to identify the critical events and associated factors that contribute to serious large truck crashes. A Philadelphia truck accident lawyer will investigate the circumstances and causes surrounding your accident to prove your case in court.
Driver fatigue is a serious concern that frequently precipitates truck accidents. In 2005, one-fifth of truck drivers reported falling asleep at the wheel within the past 30 days. The federal government has enacted laws to limit the number of hours and the frequency of rest breaks for truck drivers; however, compliance remains a challenge. Drivers report that unrealistic delivery schedules, longer wait times to drop off or pick up loads, difficulty finding a legal place to stop or rest, and driving a refrigerated trailer heighten their likelihood of non-compliance with mandated hours of services rules.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that 13% of fleet drivers involved in truck accidents were fatigued at the time of their crash. Philadelphia truck accident lawyer Brent Wieand, founder of the Wieand Law Firm, LLC, can help you hold the driver and trucking company responsible for injuries or death resulting from driver noncompliance with hours of services rules that was improperly supervised by the trucking company.
Mechanical failure of the truck’s systems or equipment is a leading cause of accidents. Equipment failure may include problems with the truck’s:
- Braking system
- Tire blowouts due to low pressure or defective tires
- Transmission failure
- Steering failure
- Window wiper failure
Determining who is responsible for equipment failure is best done by a Philadelphia truck accident lawyer who is well-versed in these types of accidents. The manufacturer might be responsible for a faulty piece of equipment, even one that didn’t show signs of failure prior to the accident, that contributed to or caused the accident. Additionally, the trucking company or driver may be negligent in maintaining the vehicle, which caused the equipment failure to occur.
Because of the expert knowledge set required, it’s important to seek out a Philadelphia truck accident lawyer who can review your individual situation and determine who is at fault and seek fair compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and suffering. The Wieand Law Firm, LLC will take the time to listen and provide that skilled advice you need to take action.
To speak with a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer at the Wieand Law Firm, LLC call us today at 215-666-7777 to receive a free, no obligation consultation.
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and is not legal advice.