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Pennsylvania bicyclist killed in truck accident

Riding a bicycle can be a great way to get around and it can be great cardiovascular exercise for Berks County residents. It is environmentally friendly and it can be a good way to avoid paying for gasoline and car repair and maintenance. Unfortunately, there are some real-world dangers associated with bicycle riding. One Pennsylvania bicyclist fell victim to these dangers.

Who bears liability after a truck accident?

Earlier on our Berks County legal blog, we summarized the events surrounding a recent multi-vehicle crash in which a Pennsylvania woman lost her life. One of the vehicles -- the one that hit her car from behind -- was a dump truck, or in other words, a commercial vehicle.

Dump truck accident claims life of Pennsylvania woman

It was recently reported that a Pennsylvania woman was among two victims of a fatal multi-vehicle crash involving a dump truck in a nearby state. We'll take a look this week on our Berks County legal blog at what happened, and what our readers should understand about the legal implications of a truck accident like this.

One killed, two injured in Berks County truck accident

In previous posts here, we have discussed the reasons why truck accidents can be so problematic. It's a matter of physics: A more massive object like a semi-trailer truck can easily destroy smaller objects in its path. This is why it's so important for semi-trailers to be driven by well-trained, unimpaired drivers who are paying attention to the road. The consequences can be simply appalling if this isn't the case. A tragic multi-vehicle crash here in Berks County brings home the importance of safe truck operation.

What is an ECM and how can it help prove truck driver fatigue?

Not everyone in Berks County probably knows that many of the semi-trucks on the roads today carry a device that records data about the operation of the truck. These devices are called Electronic Control Modules, and they have been a feature of most trucks manufactured since the 1990s. They are similar in operation to flight data recorders on airplanes. ECMs record data such as overall average speed, highest speed, time driven, average revolutions per minute, amount of time driving above 65 miles per hour, idling time and seat belt usage.

Hours of service rules seek to prevent truck driver fatigue

The people who drive massive semi-trailers must always be fit to drive when they are behind the wheel. This includes taking steps to prevent truck driver fatigue. To this end, truck drivers are required to follow hours of service rules. It is important to understand the federal hours of service rules Berks County truck drivers are expected to follow.

Can a truck company be sued for a truck accident?

In Pennsylvania, when an individual's negligent act causes harm to another person, very often that other person will be able to sue the negligent individual for damages. In a truck accident, for example, an injured party may be able to sue a negligent truck driver. But what about other parties? What if the truck driver is affiliated with a truck company? Can the company be sued? Here we have a brief summary of a few of the legal rules governing whether a truck company can be sued in a truck accident.

The right approach for success in truck accident cases

Semi-trailer trucks are big, heavy vehicles, and they can leave a huge amount of destruction in their wake when they are involved in a crash. This means that people are both more likely to be injured in a tractor-trailer crash than a car crash and that the injuries are more likely to be severe.

Underride guards could save lives in truck accidents

When it comes to an accident between an 80,000-pound semi-truck and a standard automobile, it should come as no surprise to drivers in Pennsylvania that due to sheer physics and size disparity the standard automobile usually doesn't stand a chance. Oftentimes these types of accidents are fatal. So, motorists may wonder if there is any way that semi-trucks can be made safer, should an accident occur.

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