Truck Accidents Are Often Devastating
Due to their large capacity, tractor-trailers and trucks are an important way to transport goods, but when involved in an accident, their heavy weight and expansive size can cause terrible and deadly accidents.
For those injured in an accident involving a commercial trucking vehicle in the State College area, the cases are consistently more complicated and challenging than a traditional automobile accident. Our attorneys at Rehmeyer & Allatt know how to handle your case from start to finish, and we can help you receive the compensation you deserve.
What Causes Truck Accidents?
Despite national regulations imposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are still far too many accidents involving large vehicles and trucks. The FMCSA cites five driver-related factors for large truck fatalities:
- Excessive speeding
- Distraction and/or inattention while driving
- Failure to stay in the proper lane
- Vision obstruction
- Failure to yield right of way
Like all accident cases, the causes are not always clear, and like every driver, semi-truck drivers can be either the cause of an accident or the victim of an accident. However, truck drivers are often at an increased risk of causing an accident, not only because of the massive size of the vehicles they drive, but also because they are more likely to be fatigued after long shifts at the wheel.
Additionally, trucks can cause problems on the road if they are not loaded or inspected properly before departure. Trucks can be subject to freight falling off the back and damaging or injuring motorists if not stored or loaded properly. Even mechanical failures can have deadly and far-reaching consequences, as any catastrophic failures could result in loss of control of the entire truck.
Determining Liability Can Be Complicated
Truck companies are required to follow strict regulations and guidelines to ensure the safety of all those on the road. In a truck accident case, there can be many people who are potentially at fault, from the truck driver himself, or the company he works for, to even the people who packed the truck.
Our Attorneys Are Prepared To Help You
If you have been injured in an accident involving a truck, our attorneys are ready to help. For further information on handling a trucking accident, contact Rehmeyer & Allatt for a free consultation at 814-343-0453. You can also contact our law firm via email. Our lawyers work with clients through central Pennsylvania.