Every day, millions of vehicles travel many miles over the roadways in
the United States. These vehicles not only transport people, but also
cargo. Transporting cargo is essential to our economy. Because of this,
there is a continuing growing demand for trucking services. Reports indicate
that as much as 80 percent of the nation's cargo is transported by
the trucking industry.
With this demand, passenger vehicles are being forced to share the roads
with 18 wheelers and tractor trailers. According to the Insurance Institute
for Highway Safety (IIHS), one in 10 highway deaths occurs in a crash
involving a large truck. In 2015, 3,852 people died in large truck crashes.
However, passenger vehicle occupants are not the only individuals at risk.
According to Trucks.com, approximately 745 truck drivers were killed on
the job in 2016, and most of these work-related deaths were caused by
traffic collisions. This makes a truck driver's job one of the deadliest
occupations in America. In fact, over the past five years, truck driver
fatalities have risen 11.2 percent. Experts in the trucking industry believe
the increased reliance on trucks to transport goods is related to the
rise of online shopping and demands for rapid delivery.
Most truck drivers strive to be safe drivers, but it is important to understand
that they cannot control the other vehicles on the highway. Truck drivers
have a duty to operate their big rigs in a manner that is safe, but also
depend on all of us to operate our vehicles safely around them.
Truck Accident Attorneys Serving Harrisburg, Lancaster, Wilkes-Barre and All of PA
Whether you are a truck driver who was injured while on the job or a person
who was injured in an accident with truck, you can count on Metzger Wickersham
to provide sound legal advice. Our attorneys have decades of experience
representing both truck drivers and passengers of smaller vehicles. Often,
injured truck drivers may have a workers' compensation claim.
Your chances of securing a fair settlement for your losses are only as
strong as the legal team you have by your side. Our personal injury truck
crash attorneys can review your case and recommend the best course of
action. Contact Metzger Wickersham today for a free consultation.