Bethlehem Truck Accident Attorney
Truck accidents in Bethlehem and throughout Pennsylvania are unique with respect to other motor vehicle accidents in the sense that the destruction wrought by a negligent truck driver can be more severe and, ultimately, can lead to catastrophic injuries — owed primarily to the sheer mass of the truck itself. This is common sense, for the most part. For example, if a motorcycle rear-ends your car while you’re stopped at a red light, the injuries you suffer will likely be relatively mild in comparison to the injuries you would have suffered had you been rear-ended by an SUV or pickup truck. The data, rather unsurprisingly, supports our common sense understanding of the unique dangers posed by trucks.
In a comprehensive 2016 crash study conducted by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, researchers found that light trucks (i.e., pickup trucks, vans, and SUVs) accounted for 43.9% of fatal crashes and 51.6% of injury crashes, and contributed to 65,671 crashes overall. Heavy trucks (i.e., commercial trailer trucks, among other large types) accounted for 12.8% of fatal crashes and 4.7% of injury crashes — nearly three times as likely to result in fatal injury — and contributed to 6,740 crashes overall.
Bethlehem truck accidents can lead to severe injuries, and often death. As such, truck accident litigation may involve a myriad of claims and issues, from litigation of wrongful death survivor claims to serious conflicts over necessary medical intervention and the financial losses sustained as a result. It’s important to work with an experienced truck accident attorney who is capable of effectively navigating these inevitable roadblocks. Call in at 888-777-7098 to speak with a Bethlehem truck accident attorney at Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC today.
Truck Accident Negligence
Truck drivers in Bethlehem and elsewhere are required — just like drivers of other vehicles — to exercise due care so as to ensure that others are not exposed to an unreasonable risk of injury. Similarly, however, there are other relevant parties whose failure to exercise reasonable care may lead to a truck accident. For example, if warehouse workers fail to load cargo properly, and in doing so create weight distribution and balance issues, the truck may be at higher risk of a rollover/tipping accident.
Those engaging with trucks — both commercial or passenger vehicles — must be wary of the unique risks associated with trucks. A commercial truck driver, for example, will want to inspect their vehicle after cargo loading (and before departure) to ensure that the cargo weight is not excessive, that the tires are full and in good condition, and that there are no glaring mechanical issues. Various rules and regulations even go so far as to prohibit commercial drivers from operating a motor vehicle that has not been properly certified by the motor vehicle carrier.
Common examples of truck accident negligence include:
- Excessive or otherwise negligent loading
- Inadequate driver training
- Sleep deprivation and fatigue
- Aggressive or reckless driving
- Failure to correct defects
- Failure to inspect vehicle
- Negligent hiring (i.e., hiring a driver with a history of alcohol abuse)
- Negligent supervision of drivers
- Unlicensed driver
- And more.
To Speak With a Bethlehem Truck Accident Attorney, Call Our Law Office Today
Truck accidents are often multi-layered affairs involving several different defendants and complicated fact patterns. It’s therefore critical that you work with an attorney who has experience successfully litigating truck accident claims to the fullest extent. Your attorney may have to litigate against the truck driver, an auto manufacturer, or an employer — or all of them simultaneously!
Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC is a personal injury law firm with over three decades of experience litigating truck accident claims and securing compensation for our clients. To schedule a free consultation with a Bethlehem truck accident attorney at Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC, call 888-777-7098 today.