This blog recently discussed the importance of legal protections for victims of truck accidents. The nature of a truck driver's work requires sometimes long hours on the road. Tired and inattentive truck drivers can be hazardous on the roadways which is why the U.S. Department of Transportation regulates the industry and truck drivers to help ensure the safety of everyone sharing the roadways.
Unfortunately, truck drivers are sometimes incentivized not to get enough rest and remain on the road long past when they need rest and sleep. Errors become more common when overtired truck drivers and drivers suffering from truck driver fatigue are on the road. Some truck drivers do not abide by legal hours of service requirements but others do and are still overworked and fatigued.
Pennsylvania residents who have been injured in a truck accident will need to rely on evidence if they want to pursue a personal injury claim against the truck driver who harmed them and that truck driver's employer. After all, for many truck accident victims, winning on one of these claims is the only way to recover compensation for damages, such as medical expenses and lost wages. Yet, although it may seem relatively easy to gather and present evidence in a persuasive fashion, the rules of evidence, trial and case law can make the matter rather complex.
A previous post here discussed some of the dangers posed by truckers and the massive vehicles they drive. Although state and federal regulations aim to curtail the risks potentially posed by negligent acts and omissions from truckers and truck companies, the truth of the matter is that truck accidents continue to occur at an alarming rate. For those who find themselves injured in these wrecks, the aftermath can be a tragic time in their lives. After all, they may have to find a way to cope with extensive pain and suffering, as well as recoup compensation for their economic losses, such as unexpected medical expenses and lost wages.
Semitrailer trucks ply the highways and byways of Pittsburgh every day. There are so many of them that it is natural to wonder whether all of these truck drivers are fit to drive. Federal transportation law addresses this concern with hours of service regulations. These regulations control the number of hours truck drivers can work and the number and lengths of breaks they must take. This blog post will provide a quick summary of the federal hours of service regulations.
With colder weather comes the driving conditions that can endanger Pennsylvania drivers. On the I-80, the number of vehicles on the road can turn slippery road conditions into a multi-car pile-up. Such was the case on the I-80 recently when it was believed two separate accident caused a chain reaction involving 19 vehicles and resulting in at least one fatality and one seriously injured person.
There isn't much larger vehicle on Pittsburgh roads today than a tractor-trailer or other commercial truck. These trucks play a vital role in the economy, they provide jobs and are the main mode of transport for goods and services. However, they can also be very dangerous and can cause serious injuries when a truck accident happens. There are many ways that a Pittsburgh truck accident could occur.
Semi-trucks and other similar commercial trucks, are held to higher safety standards than are passenger vehicles. This is because their size and weight are so much vaster than the average vehicle, and thus, semi-trucks can do much more damage when involved in a truck accident. Such a truck accident, between a semi-truck and multiple passenger vehicles, was reported earlier this week. 8 people were sent to the hospital after a semi-truck caused a chain reaction with multiple vehicles.
If you have been involved in a truck accident, you may be unsure of what to do next. You may decide that filing a lawsuit against the truck driver and trucking company responsible for the accident is in your best interest. If that is the case, an experienced legal professional may be able to help you with your suit. However, before you go further, there is certain information that you will need to gather.