Pennsylvania Truck Accident Lawyers
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, about 500,000 trucking accidents—an accident involving a truck or trailer of 10,000 pounds or more—occur in the United States every year. About 5,000 of these accidents result in fatalities. According to the same study 68% of fatal truck accidents happen in rural areas, and about 66% occur during the day. The majority of trucking accidents—78%—occur on weekends. If you’ve been injured in a trucking accident, contact a Pennsylvania truck accident attorney and learn how you can recover your losses.
Unfortunately, when trucks are involved in accidents with automobiles and other smaller passenger vehicles, they typically cause serious injuries or fatalities to the people involved. Of all fatalities that occur in trucking accidents, 98% occur to drivers or passengers of the other vehicle. It can be very difficult to determine why an accident occurred, and who was at fault, without the help of an experienced Pennsylvania truck accident lawyer.
If you or someone in your family has recently been involved in a trucking accident in Pennsylvania, let the dedicated Pennsylvania truck accident attorneys at Console & Hollawell help you recover your financial and emotional losses. With 17 years experience handling these types of cases, we have the experience and knowledge necessary to get the best results.
Causes of Trucking Accidents
Like automobile accidents, trucking accidents can be caused by speeding drivers, drivers who aren’t obeying the rules of the road, drunk drivers, and distracted drivers. However, due to a growing number of trucking accidents the media has recently focused on a troubling phenomenon—fatigued truckers.
Truckers often drive long hours on boring stretches of highway, during times when their bodies tell them they ought to be asleep. Trucking companies save money when there is less turnover in drivers, and drivers often desire longer shifts in order to make more money.
Currently, rules require that truckers drive no more than 11 hours within a 14-hour “on-duty” period. There are no limits on consecutive hours driven. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), as well as other safety advocacy groups, are calling for a rule change that would limit consecutive hours of driving, and would allows drivers to drive only if it has been 7 hours or less since the last off-duty period of 30 minutes. To learn more about rules that truckers and trucking companies must follow, and to determine if the truck involved in your accident was operating according to the law, speak with a Pennsylvania truck accident attorney.
If you or someone in your family has been injured in a trucking accident, contact the experienced Pennsylvania truck accident attorneys at Console & Hollawell today at 1-800-455-2746, to schedule a free consultation.
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