Stroudsburg Truck Accidents
Skilled Stroudsburg Truck Accident Attorney Explains TAccident Issues
Truck accidents are fundamentally more dangerous than other motor vehicle accidents. In an accident involving a large truck, the force of impact is so substantial (due to the increased mass of the vehicle) that severe or even fatal injuries are likely. According to a study conducted by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, light trucks and heavy trucks accounted for 636 fatal crashes and 33,508 injury crashes in 2017 alone.
If you’ve been harmed in a truck accident in Stroudsburg, or elsewhere in the state of Pennsylvania, we encourage you to contact a Stroudsburg truck accident attorney at our firm today. The team here at Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC has extensive experience litigating challenging claims on behalf of truck accident plaintiffs.
Negligent Acts Leading to Truck Accidents
There are a number of different acts that can contribute to a truck accident, many of which are attributable to another party’s negligence (and will therefore give rise to liability). These acts include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:
- Failure to maintain truck in reasonable working condition
- Improper cargo loading (leading to a rollover accident)
- Speeding, distracted driving, and generally unsafe operation of the vehicle
- Driving while intoxicated
- Driving without a proper license
- Driving in poor weather conditions
It is the responsibility of the truck driver to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances so as to avoid exposing others to an excessive risk of harm. Failure to do so is negligence and may expose them to liability.
For example, if a truck driver continues driving in the middle of a blizzard and slides into a group of pedestrians after losing control, he could be held liable due to his negligent choice to continue operating the vehicle in such poor weather conditions.
A Stroudsburg Truck Accident Attorney Can Handle the Unique Issues in Truck Accident Litigation
Employer Liability in Pennsylvania
In Pennsylvania, employers can be held vicariously liable for the negligence of employees who act within the course and scope of their employment. This is applicable to many truck accident scenarios involving commercial truck drivers. If you are injured due to the negligence of a truck driver who is driving for employment-related reasons, then you may impose liability on the employer (thereby gaining access to their insurance coverage and financial resources, which can help when attempting to maximize compensation).
Of course, not all truck accident scenarios involve employee negligence. If a truck driver engages in “road rage” and slams your vehicle, then you cannot hold the employer vicariously liable for the harm caused. Still, you may be able to bring an independent claim of negligence against the employer for negligently hiring the truck driver if they knew (or should have known) about their “road rage” tendencies.
Different Standard of Care
The standard of care on which negligence claims are based varies significantly depending on the circumstances. A commercial truck driver, for example, will likely be held to a higher standard of care than a driver who does not have their commercial license. Given the unique propensities of trucks, a skilled Stroudsburg truck accident lawyer can establish a clear standard of care that is favorable to their client’s legal arguments.
Schedule a Free Consultation With a Stroudsburg Truck Accident Attorney Today
Curious about whether you have an actionable claim? Interested in finding out what you need to do to secure compensation?
Contact Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC to schedule a free and confidential consultation. Call us at 570-421-8119 to speak to an experienced truck accident attorney located in our Stroudsburg office or fill out an online case evaluation form through our website.
We look forward to helping you.