The Law Firm of Leisawitz Heller
If You've Been Injured,Call Us At
610-816-0342 NOW For A FREE Consultation
In Your Personal Injury Case!
610-816-0342
Experience Commitment

Common causes of Pennsylvania large-truck accidents

According to a recent report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Pennsylvania represents about 10 percent of all the large truck accidents in the United States each year, even though only 6.6 percent of the total vehicles registered in the state are large trucks. The report also indicates that the passengers in a smaller vehicle are almost four times as likely to be injured or killed than the driver of a large truck.

Common reasons for semi truck collisions include unsafe passing or maneuvering by other vehicles on the road, including improper lane changes or "cutting off" the semi. Improper truck maintenance is occasionally a factor as well. Truck driver fatigue may be a contributing factor to a collision in many cases. According to the NHTSA, truck driver alcohol abuse only accounted for about 2 percent of all large truck accidents nationwide in 2012.

Inadequate truck lights and faulty truck parts can often play a role in 18-wheeler collisions, such as faulty or defective tires, air brakes and other safety systems. The NHTSA report says 78 percent of all large truck accidents occur during daylight hours, stated in the report as 6 a.m. to 5:59 p.m. About 82 percent of all fatalities in semi accidents are either passengers in other vehicles or bystanders.

In the event of a Pennsylvania semi accident, the attorney would first examine the evidence from the scene to determine fault and liability. In case of moderate or catastrophic injury or death, the attorney would likely seek compensation for pain and suffering, medical and funeral expenses on the victims' behalf from a number of parties, such as the trucking company, the driver and the manufacturer of faulty truck parts which may have contributed to the accident.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Contact The Firm

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

The Law Firm of Leisawitz Heller
2755 Century Boulevard
Wyomissing, PA 19610

Toll Free: 866-360-5064
Phone: 610.816.0342
Fax: 610.372.8671
Wyomissing Law Office Map

The Law Firm of Leisawitz Heller
400 South 4th Street
Hamburg, PA 19526

Phone: 610.816.0342
Fax: 610.372.8671
Hamburg Law Office Map