There are large commercial trucks everywhere, especially in and around the city. We rely on them to keep our economy flowing smoothly. When we talk about large trucks, we are referring to eighteen-wheelers, delivery trucks, construction trucks, garbage trucks, and more. These are the vehicles that most of us would prefer not to drive right next to when we are heading down the highway.
At the Dan Doyle Law Group, we want to help if you have been involved in an accident with one of these vehicles. We know that this can be a confusing time. Our skilled and knowledgeable team will work with you to investigate what happened so we can secure the compensation you need for all of your accident-related expenses. When you need a truck accident attorney in Philadelphia, call us today.
What Can Happen?
We know that most deaths and injuries in crashes involving large trucks are the occupants of passenger vehicles. Why is this?
Large trucks weigh as much as 20-30 times as much as smaller passenger vehicles and are much bigger. When a truck collides with a smaller vehicle, the damage can be tremendous.
We know that 4,102 people died in large truck crashes during the latest reporting year in the US and that 68% of those deaths were occupants in passenger vehicles and 14% were pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists.
What we find alarming is that the amount of people who die in large crashes has increased by 30% since 2009. When we look at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation statistics, we can see what the main causes of these crashes often revolves around vehicle failure:
- Tire and wheel related
- Brake failure
- Power train issues
- Unsecured or overloaded trailer
- Steering failure
- Suspension problems
We know that it is vital for truck companies to regularly inspect and maintain their vehicles to prevent failure from occurring. If they do not do this, they could be held liable for damages and injuries caused.
It is also important for drivers to follow all state and federal laws regarding the safe operation of a large truck. This includes driving only the allowable amount of hours and never carrying more weight than regulations allow. Under no circumstances should a driver operate while impaired or while distracted.
Moving Forward From Here
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident caused by a large truck, you need to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. These cases can quickly become confusing, especially when the insurance companies start pushing for a quick resolution. While you may want this situation to be over with, please know that the insurance companies usually do not have your best interests in mind. At the Dan Doyle Law Group, we will work diligently to secure the compensation you deserve. If you need a truck accident attorney in Philadelphia, you can contact us by clicking here or calling 215-987-3730 for a free consultation.