Have you been involved in an accident with a big rig? Were you injured? Have you lost hours at work, been hit with large medical bills, and been unable to get out and do the things you enjoy? Would you like compensation for your losses? Hiring an experienced Pittsburgh truck accident attorney is your best bet for receiving reimbursement and recompense.
All traffic accidents can cause serious injuries, but those involving big rigs can cause devastating injuries and death. Commercial trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, making them much larger than the average 3,500-pound car.
Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation reports that more than half of the nearly 160,000 motor vehicle crashes reported in the state in 2010 involved trucks. The roads and highways are full of them: heavy trucks, light trucks, commercial buses, and school buses. The majority are maintained properly and are driven by licensed and competent professionals. However, some are not. If you have been injured due to the negligence of a truck driver, hiring a Pittsburgh truck accident attorney is the first thing you should do.
Error on the part of a semi-truck driver is the biggest cause of commercial truck accidents. These driver errors mean that a truck accident is ten times more likely to occur than for any other reason. It is because of these driver errors that professional commercial drivers must undergo special training, so they can understand the risks posed by the big rigs they drive. These drivers are held to a higher safety standard than those who operate regular cars and trucks. However, sometimes they don’t do their duty and perform due diligence, and their negligence leads to accidents.Examples of Commercial Truck Driver Negligence:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Violating Hours of Service regulations/Driving while fatigued
- Driving unlawfully with a serious medical condition, such as epilepsy or a heart condition
- Distracted driving (eating, using a mobile phone or tablet, grooming, etc.)
- Ignoring blind spots
- Aggressive driving (following too closely, intimidating other motorists, speeding, passing improperly, etc.)
- Taking turns too fast
- Not completing pre-trip inspections
- De-powering the truck’s front brakes
- Driving a commercial vehicle without appropriate training or licensing
- Otherwise violating FMCSA regulations and/or traffic laws
Drivers whose negligence causes accidents need to be held completely accountable for the losses of accident victims. Sometimes, drivers won’t admit that they made a mistake, so it’s often difficult to identify driver negligence. An experienced Pittsburgh truck accident attorney has the tools and the know-how to investigate the actions of the driver and identify his or her negligence.Other Parties Who Might Be Negligent in a Truck Accident
- Trucking company, if they did not conduct drug and alcohol tests on their driver, hired inexperienced or unqualified drivers, did not supervise drivers or discipline them when they failed to comply with FMCSA regulations, failed to inspect and maintain their fleet of trucks, encouraged unsafe practices to improve their income and reduce expenses, and more.
- Truck manufacturer, if they built a truck with defective parts that malfunction and cause an accident, or sell parts that were put on a truck that malfunction and caused an accident.
- Cargo loading team, if they over-load a truck, don’t properly secure a load on or in a truck, or under-load a truck (this is usually a liquid cargo.)
- Government entity, if they fail to maintain and inspect roads and highways to keep them free of hazards. Big rigs are especially susceptible to losing control when they hit things like large pavement cracks, potholes, uneven lanes, and other road hazards.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury and its related losses in a commercial truck accident, you need a dedicated and experienced Pittsburgh trucking accident lawyer to represent you, so that your case is given the attention it needs to hold trucking companies, their drivers, and other parties responsible. Call Logue Law Group today at (724) 350-8995. You can also contact us online.