Easton Truck Accident Attorney
Motor vehicle accidents involving a truck are generally more dangerous than those involving other vehicles (except perhaps motorcycles). Trucks are heavier and more challenging to safely operate given their inherent maneuverability issues. When a truck accident does occur, then serious injuries, or even death, are often the result. According to a report conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in 2015, large trucks and buses were responsible for 4,472 fatal crashes and 97,000 non-fatal injury crashes. Truck accident litigation is rarely straightforward. If you have been injured in a truck accident in Easton or anywhere else in the state, it’s important that you work with an Easton truck accident attorney who has extensive experience litigating such claims.
Our Easton Truck Accident Attorney Explains Fault
Negligence in the context of truck accidents may — in many cases — track the negligence typical of other motor vehicle accident cases. For example, a truck driver may be speeding at the time of the accident, thus exposing them to liability for negligence in the event of a collision. In other cases, there may be unique negligent acts associated with the truck itself. For example, a driver (and/or the cargo loaders) may be held negligent for failing to load the cargo onto the truck in a safe manner. Improperly loaded cargo can lead to weight imbalances that cause rollover accidents.
Truck accidents also commonly involve issues of employer liability. If you have been injured by a truck driver who is an employee and who was on the job at the time of the accident (or who was driving for the furtherance of a legitimate business purpose at the time of the accident), then Pennsylvania law may entitle you to sue and recover from the employer under the theory of vicarious liability. Easton employers, like other employers, may be held vicariously liable for the negligence of their employees, and this applies to their truck driver (and bus driver) employees as well.
Of course, in some truck accident cases, the employer may also be held separately liable for their own negligent acts that contributed to the accident. For example, if the employer hired an alcoholic truck driver (and either failed to conduct a proper background check, or knew about his alcoholism and hired him anyways), and you were injured by the intoxicated truck driver, then you would likely be entitled to sue the employer for negligently hiring the alcoholic truck driver employee.
Common Examples of Truck Driver Negligence
While there are many issues that can cause (and contribute to causing) commercial truck accidents, the most common issue by far is truck driver negligence. Truck driver negligence can take many different forms, and pinpointing the specific issue that led to a crash is critical for recovering just compensation.
As a result, following a serious or fatal collision, it is important to hire an Easton truck accident attorney to investigate promptly. During the investigation, your attorney will look for evidence of common forms of truck driver negligence such as:
- Speeding – Excessive speed is a common factor in commercial truck accidents. This includes both exceeding the posted speed limit and driving too fast for current road, weather or traffic conditions. For example, many truck accidents in Pennsylvania happen when truck drivers fail to slow down to account for rain, snow or ice on the road.
- Tailgating – Tailgating is dangerous in any vehicle, but it presents particular risks with large commercial trucks. When a truck driver is tailgating, he or she will often be unable to stop in time to avoid a collision.
- Braking Mistakes – Common braking mistakes include waiting too long to brake, braking too harshly, and riding the brakes until they fail. All of these are issues that can (and do) lead to dangerous collisions.
- Turning and Merging Errors – Failing to make wide turns, merging without enough room, and other similar types of errors can leave passenger vehicle drivers with no place to go. If you were injured in a collision involving a turning or merging error, an Easton truck accident attorney at Drake, Hileman & Davis can help you seek just compensation.
- Distracted Driving – Distracted driving is among the leading causes of truck accidents in Pennsylvania. Truck drivers who are talking on the phone, texting, eating and drinking, and following GPS directions are frequently to blame for serious and fatal collisions.
- Impaired Driving – Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs presents obvious risks, and yet many truck drivers choose to drive while impaired. Alcohol, marijuana, stimulants and various other legal and illegal drugs can significantly impair truck drivers’ abilities behind the wheel.
- Fatigued Driving – Driving long hours leads to fatigue, and studies have shown that fatigue can cause impairments similar to alcohol and drug intoxication. As a result, many commercial truck accidents happen after truck drivers have spent too many hours on the road.
- Carelessness and Recklessness – Carelessness and recklessness are to blame for many commercial truck accidents. When truck drivers ignore risks and do things like run stop signs or cut off other drivers, it is often other motorists and pedestrians who pay the price.
- Poor Decision–Making Behind the Wheel – Sometimes, truck drivers simply make the wrong decisions. Even if a truck driver is not being careless or reckless, he or she can still make mistakes that put others in harm’s way. With the size and weight of large commercial trucks, it only takes one split-second mistake to cause a lifetime of consequences.
Connect with an Easton Truck Accident Attorney As Soon As Possible
Truck accidents can be just as complicated to litigate as other motor vehicle accidents, if not more so. Not only are many trucks commercial, which can add to the complexity of a case by introducing vicarious liability issues and independent claims against the employer that may include negligent hiring and supervision, but generally speaking, the stakes are higher in a truck accident lawsuit; the injuries are more severe and thus the damages amount is correspondingly greater as a result. As such, failure to obtain a favorable result in a truck accident can leave an injured plaintiff with little recourse to resolve their substantial losses.
Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC is a personal injury law firm with over three decades of experience serving clients in a variety of motor vehicle accident lawsuits, including those involving a truck accident. Our Easton-area attorneys are committed to providing representation that is tailored to each client’s particular lawsuit, and our case results demonstrate the success of this approach. We have secured several multi-million dollar awards for our clients in motor vehicle accident and truck accident cases.
Interested in a free consultation? Contact us at (888) 777-7098 to speak with an Easton truck accident attorney today.