There are 3.5 million truck drivers in the United States, and the majority of those drivers operate their vehicles in a safe manner. However, it is possible for even the safest of drivers in Pennsylvania and elsewhere to get into an accident. Poor weather conditions are among the most common reasons why commercial truck wrecks occur. When roads are wet or snowy, it can be harder to stop or take other actions to avoid other vehicles.
Distracted driving can be dangerous for both commercial drivers and those who drive passenger vehicles. Almost anything that takes a driver’s eyes off of the road can be a distraction. Common distractions include daydreaming, reaching for a dropped item and sending text messages. Texting while driving is especially dangerous because it takes a driver’s attention away from the road in multiple ways.
Drivers who are paid by the load may drive too fast or try to make a delivery when they are tired. While this may seem like an effective way to make more money, driving while tired is roughly equivalent to driving while drunk. Those who drive too fast for road conditions could put themselves at a higher risk of getting into an accident or causing other vehicles to get into an accident.
Drivers who are involved in truck accidents may not necessarily be negligent in causing them to happen. However, if a truck driver was distracted, fatigued or impaired when a crash occurred, that person will likely be liable for any damages a victim incurs. Damages may include medical bills, lost wages and lost future earnings. In some cases, damages related to emotional distress might be available as well. An attorney may be able to help a victim obtain a favorable settlement or jury award.