There are many types of vehicles on the roads in Pennsylvania. These types of vehicles vary in size and type, but anytime they are in an accident it can create a difficult situation for those involved. However, when semi-trucks are involved in an accident, the results can be very devastating. Many times, the other vehicle takes the worst of the accident, and it can change the victims' lives forever.
In order to try and prevent these truck accidents there are a number of regulations that the drivers and trucking companies must follow. These are designed to ensure that the truck driver is in the proper condition to drive and also to ensure that the trucks are in proper working order. It is imperative that the driver does not make mistakes as well as that the truck's equipment does not fail at a dangerous time. However, truck drivers and companies do not always follow the rules, and not surprisingly, not following the rules creates the most common reasons that truck accidents occur.
One common reason is driver error. This could be because the driver did not get the required rest and is tired, or it could be because they are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Another common cause of truck accidents is poor truck maintenance. The brakes could be worn, or other equipment could fail, which oftentimes is the result of poor truck maintenance. Improper loading can also lead to accidents. There are regulations on how to load cargo, and if they are not followed the load could totally or partially fall off the truck and cause an accident.
Truck accidents are not as common as accidents between standard automobiles in Pennsylvania, but oftentimes they are much more devastating than car accidents. The victims' may suffer catastrophic injuries and may incur very large medical bills as a result. The victims may want to seek compensation if the truck driver was responsible for the accident. This compensation can be very valuable as the victim recovers from their injuries. It is important that they receive the appropriate amount, though, while still being able to hold the truck drivers accountable.
Source: gtgtechnologygroup.com, "Five most common causes of trucking accidents" accessed Jan. 15, 2018