Pennsylvania motorists frequently share the road with large, heavy trucks and commercial vehicles. Because of the size and weight of these vehicles, semitrailers are capable of causing significant damage in the event they are involved in an accident. Unfortunately, many truck accidents are the result of preventable mistakes and common errors.
Driver error is the leading cause of truck accidents. Even a simple mistake while behind the wheel of a truck can lead to devastating consequences. Speeding and reckless driving can certainly increase the chance of a crash, as can distracted driving. Another common mistake is getting behind the wheel while fatigued, which is a particularly prevalent issue in the trucking industry where drivers are on the road for long stretches of time.
When a semitrailer is not properly maintained, it can also increase the likelihood of a crash. Trucks require proper loading and regular maintenance to be truly safe to take on the road. Mechanical failures can make it more likely trucks will jackknife, rollover or be involved in a dangerous situation. When Pennsylvania roads are not maintained well, poorly designed or insufficiently lit, it can make it difficult for a trucker to safely operate a large truck.
Truck accidents in Pennsylvania can leave victims with serious injuries and complications that can affect every area of their lives. When these types of crashes are the result of reckless or negligent operation of a semitrailer, it could be grounds for a civil claim. The civil justice system provides accident victims a path toward recovery through financial compensation.