What are the Major Causes of a Truck Crash?
The top five causes of tractor-trailer crashes nationwide are:
Distracted Driving – In 2015, the NHTSA reports that 10 percent of all fatal crashes and 15 percent of injury crashes were caused by a distracted driver. Distracted driving resulted in 35,092 fatalities in 2015, a number has been steadily increasing since 2011.
With long distances to drive by oneself, a truck driver can get very lonely. He/she may decide to multitask while behind the wheel. And this can cause distracted driving. Whether it’s because of a text message, eating, or just daydreaming, it’s easy for a trucker to get distracted and lead to a fatal accident.
Trucker Fatigue – Driving for long stretches at a time, trying to meet a short deadline, can put a strain on anyone, especially someone who driving an 80,000-pound vehicle. Sometimes, sleep is pushed away until after a long haul.
Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Large Truck Crash Causation Study, 13 percent of commercial motor vehicle drivers were considered fatigued at the time of their crash. Driving tired can lower your reaction time, which can lead to an accident.
Speeding/Aggressive Driving – Going too fast, driving recklessly, or suffering from road rage all lead to truck accidents. A driver barreling down the road at 70 mph with a heavy load has a difficult time stopping suddenly if a car pulls out in front of him/her. According to the NHTSA, speed-related fatalities had increased by 4 percent in 2016 over 2015 numbers.
Intoxication – Everyone knows that drinking then getting behind the wheel is a dangerous combination. Not only is it against the law, but it can lead to a major accident that no one walks away from. And if it involves a semi-trailer carrying tens of thousands of pounds of metal, you know how serious an accident that can be.
Unfortunately, DUI accidents still continue to climb. According to the NHTSA, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities have increased by 1.7 percent in 2006, accounting for 28 percent of overall fatalities.
Who is to Blame for Your Truck Accident?
Many don’t realize that when you get into a truck accident, there could be more than one party responsible for your accident, such as:
- The truck driver
- The trucking company
- The truck manufacturer
- The truck maintenance company
- The leaseholder of the truck
- The loading company
- Other drivers or vehicle passengers
To make sure the responsible parties are held accountable, our truck accident attorneys need to conduct a thorough investigation of the accident scene. Once you hire a PA truck accident lawyer at Fellerman & Ciarimboli, our investigators will get to work on your behalf. They will make sure photographs are taken of the scene, the evidence is collected, witnesses are contacted, and the copy of the police report is secured.
The trucking companies will do anything it can to make sure the blame for the accident rests on your shoulders. But with our attorneys by your side, you will not be bullied by powerful interests.
What are My Legal Options in Pennsylvania?
Pennsylvania is known as a “choice no-fault” state. What this means is you have the option to choose whether to opt in (full tort) or out (limited tort) of “no-fault” rules. If you chose limited tort for your car insurance, then you are unable to sue for pain and suffering. It may be the cheaper option, but after a serious accident, it could hurt you.
However, there are exceptions to this rule. And one is you can recover for pain and suffering damages if your injury is considered serious enough, as defined by your auto insurance contract.
This is why it’s essential to hire a PA truck accident lawyer who knows the latest truck litigation laws to help you with your case.
Contact Our PA Truck Accident Lawyers Today
The statute of limitations to file a truck accident lawsuit is two years. Although that seems like a lengthy amount of time, you would be amazed how quickly it can fly by. That’s why it’s important to contact a truck accident lawyer as soon as possible after your accident.
When you choose Fellerman & Ciarimboli, you know your case is in good hands. We have won more than $25 million in truck accident verdicts and settlements throughout the nation. Take the first step to the justice you deserve today. Contact the nationwide truck accident law firm of Fellerman & Ciarimboli today for a free consultation.