Last week, a New Jersey woman and her fiancé we killed while driving to their wedding in Pittsburgh. The Bride, Kathryn M Schurtz, and her fiancé, Joseph D. Kearney, were killed in a chain-reaction crash on Interstate 78 in Berks County. The accident involved a tractor-trailer.
While we do not yet know the exact cause of this tragic accident, we do know that incidents involving tractor-trailers and other large commercial trucks can be dangerous for so many on the roadways. Do you know where to turn if you are injured in an accident like this?
If you need a Pittsburgh truck accident attorney, you can count on the knowledgeable and experienced team at the SMT Legal to get the compensation you deserve for all of your accident-related expenses.
What Can Happen?
Think about how many large trucks you see on a daily basis in and around the city:
- Delivery trucks
- Box trucks
- Mail trucks
- Dump trucks
- Gasoline tankers
These trucks weigh tens of thousands of pounds when loaded down and they have the potential to cause major accidents.
What can go wrong?
Usually, accidents with large trucks happen due to vehicle failure or driver negligence.
Truck companies have a duty to regularly inspect and maintain their vehicles to prevent vehicle failure. If they do not do this, they run the risk of something going wrong while the vehicle is moving at a high rate of speed. If a driver loses control of their truck, they can cause major damages and injuries to everyone around them.
Common problems with large trucks involve the tires, wheels, brakes, suspension system, steering system, and the powertrain.
We also know that drivers can cause accidents if they are careless or reckless. Under no circumstances should a driver operate while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Doing so jeopardizes lives. They should also not drive while distracted by their phones or other devices.
Drivers need to obey all state and federal laws. This includes:
- Driving with the appropriate amount of weight on their load.
- Obeying all traffic laws and speed limits.
- Following their allowable drivable hours each day.
All drivers should have a current commercial driver’s license and should be properly trained to operate each vehicle they are asked to drive. A lack of training can lead to major accidents.
What You Can Do Now
Do not wait another minute to seek legal assistance if you or a loved one have been injured in a truck accident. At the SMT Legal, our team is ready to get to work for you. We want to make sure you have compensation for the following:
- All of your accident-related medical expenses
- Help for lost income of your injuries keep you from working
- Punitive damages against an individual or company
- Pain and suffering damages