5 Common Factors Contributing to Truck Accidents
May 4, 2018 - Truck Accidents
Truck accidents involving commercial truckers are unfortunately common, despite the fact that drivers are professionally licensed, though it should come as no surprise to those familiar with the trucking industry — companies often impose significant pressures on drivers, which can lead to heightened risk of an accident.
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident involving a commercial trucking company, then you may be entitled to sue the driver and/or the company pursuant to Pennsylvania law, depending on the circumstances of your injury.
Let’s take a quick look at some of the most common factors contributing to commercial truck accidents. Consider the following.
Commercial trucks are at serious risk of “rollover accidents” due to improper loading of cargo at the warehouse. If the truck rolls over and causes an accident, liability may fall on both the driver and the company.
The company must train their employees properly and supervise loading to ensure that all cargo is being safely packed on company trucks. Drivers with loaded cargo have a responsibility to avoid making sudden, sharp turns at high speeds. Further, drivers should check their cargo prior to departure, to ensure that it has been loaded correctly.
Failure to Conduct a Thorough Background Check
Trucking companies must conduct a thorough background check of the defendant-driver to ensure that they can safely operate a commercial trucking vehicle. Failure to conduct a thorough background check could expose the company to significant liability in the event of an accident.
For example, suppose that you are injured in a truck accident where the defendant-driver was heavily intoxicated due to drug use. The trucking company did not conduct a thorough background check before hiring the truck driver — had they done so, they would have discovered that the driver had a history of drug abuse. The trucking company could therefore have prevented the accident.
Substance Abuse and Exhaustion
Unfortunately, the trucking industry is rife with poor scheduling. Truck drivers are often forced into challenging shifts that require them to forgo sleep for long periods of time. This may lead to driver exhaustion. In order to stave off this exhaustion, many commercial truckers abuse stimulants.
All of these issues pose a serious injury risk to others on the roadways — if the exhaustion was caused by the employer’s oppressive scheduling policies, you might also have a legitimate claim against the company.
Commercial trucks are dangerously large and heavy machines that must be properly maintained. Both drivers and trucking companies have a duty to regularly inspect their trucks and correct maintenance issues as they arise. Many companies cut corners, however, so as to keep up healthier profit margins.
Truckers are under a great deal of pressure to deliver goods on time. As such, it’s quite common for truckers to speed, despite the fact that their trucks pose a significant injury risk to others (in the event of an accident). Truckers must adhere to the rules of the road. Failure to do so may result in liability.
Contact an Experienced Bethlehem Truck Accident Attorney Today for a Free Consultation
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident that resulted from the negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct of the driver, their employer, or some other potentially liable party, then you may be entitled to damages. Truck accidents — particularly those that involve commercial defendants, such as professional trucking companies — are often complicated by issues of shared liability, maintenance, and supervision concerns. You’ll therefore want to consult with a team of attorneys who have extensive experience handling truck accident cases in Pennsylvania.
Here at Drake Hileman & Davis, PC, our attorneys have over 33 years of experience litigating personal injury claims on behalf of the injured, including those that involve injuries sustained in truck accidents. We understand the unique liability issues that accompany truck accident litigation and are well-equipped to help our clients secure maximum compensation for their injuries.
Call (888) 777-7098 today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Bethlehem truck accident attorney here at Drake Hileman & Davis, PC. During this consultation, we will evaluate your injury claims and begin to develop an effective strategic roadmap.