With autumn harvesting around the corner, it’s crucial to recognize how truck accidents can occur. Large commercial trucks are aplenty as they transport goods throughout Pennsylvania. When someone is negligent and a crash occurs, working with a lawyer can help you understand your rights so that you can pursue compensation.
Hours of Service Regulations
The Hours of Service (HOS) is the reference for the total maximum number of hours that a commercial truck driver can be on duty. This time includes driving time, rest periods, and more. Essentially, it’s a regulation that helps prevent fatigued driving caused by drivers working long hours.
There are few exceptions that allow a truck driver to operate longer hours. However, it’s vital for truck drivers to follow the Hours of Service to avoid some of the most catastrophic injuries.
The maximum weight allowable is often determined by the number of axles that a commercial truck has. However, even the largest truck cannot exceed 80,000 pounds unless certain exceptions exist. Heavy trucks can prove to be very dangerous on steep hills and sharp turns. The trucking company must also ensure evenly loaded cargo to prevent the truck from overturning.
In the trucking industry, maintenance is of the utmost importance. Trucking companies, owners, and drivers alike should make sure that the truck and all of its components are safe for travel. Failure to maintain the truck can make multiple people liable for an accident that arises because of a problem or defect.
If you or someone you love suffers an injury in a large commercial truck accident, Metzger Wickersham is here to help you. Our team of Pennsylvania truck accident attorneys will stand in your corner and help you seek the most favorable outcome possible. Trust that our skilled and experienced team will be there for you every single step of the way.