Studies by the United States Department of Transportation show that about 500,000 trucking accidents occur in our country every year involving trucks or trailers weighing 10,000 pounds or more. Fatalities occur in more than 5,000 of these accidents.
The DOT also states that 66 percent of fatal trucking accidents happen during the day, with 78 percent occurring on weekends. If you’ve been injured in a big rig accident due to someone else’s negligence, contact a truck accident lawyer at SMT Legal to discover how to recover your losses.
Sadly, truck accidents usually involve cars and other smaller passenger vehicles, leading to severe injuries and/or fatalities for the people inside. Ninety-eight percent of fatalities in trucking accidents happen to passengers or drivers of the other vehicle. Without the help of an experienced lawyer, it may be difficult to determine and prove who was at fault and why an accident happened.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a major trucking accident in Pennsylvania, the legal team at SMT Legal can help you recover your emotional and financial losses. With years of experience handling trucking cases, we have the necessary knowledge to help you get the best results. Call us today at 1-888-976-2529.
Common Trucking Accident Causes
Trucking accidents are like car accidents in that they can be caused by drunk or distracted drivers, reckless drivers, or speeding drivers. However, more and more often we’re finding that fatigued truck drivers are a big problem.
Truckers often drive long hours at night on boring highways when their bodies tell them they should be sleeping. Many drivers ask for longer shifts so they can make more money and trucking companies prefer to save money with less driver turnover.
Pennsylvania law requires that truckers drive no more than 11 hours out of a 14-hour on-duty time frame. Within those 14-hour period, there is no limit to the number of consecutive hours driven. Several safety advocacy groups have fought to change the rules so drivers can only be on the road if it has been less than seven hours since their last 30-minute off-duty break. To determine if the truck driver in your accident was operating under Pennsylvania law and learn more about the rules that trucking companies and truckers must follow, speak to an Allegheny County truck accident attorney at SMT Legal.
If you or someone you love has been hurt in a trucking accident, call the experienced legal team at SMT Legal by calling 1-888-976-2529 and schedule a free case evaluation. We’re open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and we only get paid if you win your case or receive a settlement.
Why You Need a Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a family member have been injured in a trucking accident, you’ve come to the right place.
- We have experience helping injured victims like you obtain settlements worth millions of dollars.
- We handle vehicle accident cases every day, so we know how to get you the best possible results.
- We make sure your vehicle gets repaired and your medical bills are covered.
- We help you find the best medical care so you can get back to feeling like yourself.
- We help you get your life back on track so you can focus fully on recovery.
- We know what it’s like to be in a serious accident, so we treat every client with respect.
- You won’t pay anything unless we win money for you.