Truck drivers responsible for many accidents on the road

While all road accidents can be have tragic results, those involving commercial trucks can be particularly devastating. Trucks are harder to control and therefore harder to stop than other vehicles due to their large size and heavy weight. When a 50,000-pound truck crashes into a small passenger vehicle, the damages are likely to be severe.

The Department of Transportation requires that truck drivers and trucking companies follow numerous regulations to ensure that the trucks are in good enough condition to take the road. Trucks need to undergo regular inspections and their safety features, including the brakes, need to be serviced regularly. Loads need to be properly secured before driving.

These federal regulations are not only geared towards the trucks, but they are also geared towards the drivers. Drivers who spend long hours behind the wheel of a truck without taking adequate breaks can prove to be dangerous to the driver and other motorists on the road. The Department of Transportation requires that truck drivers take a certain number of rest breaks and keep logbooks to show that they aren’t on the roads for too many consecutive hours.

Unfortunately, no matter how many regulations are in effect, many truckers and trucking companies in Pittsburgh fail to abide by them and end up causing severe accidents. If you have been involved in a serious trucking accident, Gismondi & Associates may be able to handle your case.

Gismondi & Associates has 30 years of experience in handling truck accident cases and some of these cases have resulted in multimillion-dollar recoveries. For more information, please visit our website. Our firm’s overview will provide victims and their loved ones with an outline of their situation and options and steps to take following a truck accident.