You have seen them on the highway, hauling their loads between construction sites or distribution centers. You have lost count of the number of times you have had to dodge tractor-trailers that have changed lanes without thoroughly checking their blind spots. Accidents that involve large commercial trucks can often have tragic consequences. This is one of the reasons why the government regulates the trucking industry.
Even with federal laws in place that govern trucking companies, accidents still happen. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a commercial truck, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages to your vehicle. To find out about filing a claim, contact a Pennsylvania attorney. Read further for some basic truck accidents facts.
In general, a commercial truck is a rig used for business purposes. This could include the transport of consumer products, construction materials, and even tanker trucks carrying hazardous materials. These vehicles usually require that the driver carry a commercial license for operation.
Reasons for severe injuries
Due to the size and weight of commercial trucks, the results of an accident can be extremely severe. For example, if a tractor-trailer collides with a small passenger car, it will more than likely total the smaller vehicle and cause very serious injuries.
Common causes of accidents
Usually, accidents with large trucks result from one of two things: blind spots and/or handling. Tractor-trailers have a much larger stopping distance and, due to their size, cannot respond quickly to sudden hazards. Consider what would happen if traffic came to sudden stop. Depending on how close the rig is to the traffic jam, he may not be able to stop in time to avoid an accident.
Recouping lost wages
After an accident with a commercial truck, you will more than likely have to miss work. As part of a settlement, you can request compensation for your lost wages. Furthermore, if your injuries leave you in a position that you can no longer earn the same wages, you might also receive compensation for the difference.
Suing the trucking company
Depending on whether the driver of the truck was a contracted owner-operator or was an employee of the trucking company, you might be able to file a lawsuit against the business. When it comes to cases where the driver was operating as a contractor, your case might depend on how much supervision the company had over the diver.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, it is important to remember that you have options. You might be able to sue for compensation to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage to your vehicle.