Semi-trucks and other commercial vehicles crisscross our nation’s roads and highways as they transport goods across America. While they are a necessary part of commerce in our nation, it is important to note that they do present a danger to other drivers on the road.
There are certain common situations that could lead to a truck accident in Pennsylvania.
Sometimes truckers are inadequately trained, so they are not proficient at safely handling their big-rigs and do not drive defensively. Sometimes the trucker’s employer encourages the trucker to make deliveries as quickly as possible, which could cause a trucker drive for more hours in a row than is advisable, leading to drowsy driving. Truckers may also take risks on the road such as speeding or aggressive driving due to their employer’s unrealistic schedules and expectations.
In the end, truck driver fatigue, risk-taking, failing to follow the rules of the road and inexperience can all lead to truck accidents. Semi-trucks are so much larger than the standard automobile that when the two collide, it is likely that the occupants of the automobile will suffer serious injuries. They could even lose their lives in such accidents.
Therefore, those involved in a truck accident may want to pursue compensation for the damages they suffered. To hold truckers and their employers accountable through a personal injury claim based on negligence, it generally must be shown that the trucker or truck company had a duty of care, that they breached their duty of care, that this breach both actually and proximately caused the accident and that the victim suffered damages due to the accident.