When someone has been involved in an accident involving a tractor-trailer or a large truck, the aftermath can be devastating. Because of the size and weight of these vehicles, victims suffer serious and sometimes fatal injuries.
The average automobile weighs about 5,000 pounds; commercial semi-trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when loaded with cargo. In many cases, the truck may be carrying freight that is highly flammable or hazardous. When a commercial truck is on the road, it is important for other drivers to be aware of the truck’s limitations and its blind spots.
However, careless driving on behalf of the truck driver can still happen. This can be due to inadequate training or a schedule that requires them to drive long distances for long periods of time; this is a frequent cause of serious accidents.
Truck drivers work long and exhausting shifts; however, it is still their responsibility to practice safe driving at all times. Sadly, that is not always the case.
According to federal law, truck drivers are generally to work a maximum of 14 hours a shift and only 11 hours of that can be driving.
A truck accident may result from:
- A truck being overloaded.
- The carrying of unsecured or improperly loaded cargo.
- An error made on behalf of the trucking company.
- A truck driver error or carelessness.
- Truck driver fatigue.
- A mechanical issue in the truck that caused the driver to wreck.
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Most of the time, a truck driver will be represented by the company they work for and the insurer of the vehicle. These individuals, companies, and corporations have attorneys on their behalf to represent them in these types of matters. That is why it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney if you have been hurt in an accident caused by a truck driver.
Recovering compensation after an accident.
Filing a claim will help pay for damages caused by the accident such as medical bills, wage loss, and pain and suffering. Call 412-661-1400 to schedule a free consultation with a truck accident lawyer at Berger and Green today.