Truck Accidents Can Result in Severe Injuries
Accidents between passenger cars and tractor-trailer trucks on Pennsylvania roads and highways are catastrophic events, resulting in severe injuries and property loss. Truck accidents happen because of any number of factors, including driver distraction or even unethical practices by the trucking company.
As a driver of the smaller automobile, your life is at risk if you are in an accident with a large trucks, whether it’s a tanker truck, delivery truck or van, or any other large commercial vehicle. A typical fully loaded, large commercial tractor trailer can weigh nearly 30 times more than an average passenger car. In 2008, there were 192 fatal crashes in Pennsylvania involving large trucks, according to information released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Motorists expect 18-wheeler drivers to operate their rigs safely and professionally, whether they’re traveling on the interstates or rural roads. Tractor-trailer truck drivers are required to carry more insurance coverage and meet higher safety standards, including many federal regulations that other vehicles do not have to meet. Violation of these standards may impose additional liability on the truck.
Even a collision with a smaller commercial vehicle, such as a pickup truck or another sedan, on the major interstates and roadways in Pennsylvania can lead to serious injuries.
How We Investigate a Truck Accident
If we represent you, Metzger Wickersham will conduct a thorough investigation of the driving records, background checks, hiring practices, driver logs and truck maintenance to determine the source of negligence.
Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer with Our Firm
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