Some of you probably freak out whenever a logging truck appears in your side-view or rear-view mirrors, while others pay no attention whatsoever, thinking that nothing bad can happen because logging companies follow all safety regulations when loading logging trucks.
Unfortunately, the former group may have a point, while the latter group is too naïve. Yes, it is true that there are strict safety regulations imposed by federal and state law in Pennsylvania for logging companies to load and secure logs on their vehicles. The problem is that not every company is following these rules 100 percent of the time.
“This is evident from numerous videos on the Internet showing how motorists’ windshields get pierced by logs that come loose due to negligent loading and securing of logs,” says our Pittsburgh logging truck accident attorney at SMA Law Group.
Being in a motor vehicle accident involving a truck that hauls tons of massive logs is much more terrifying than watching those gruesome YouTube videos. In fact, many motorists do not survive this type of truck crash, as the logs can go through a passenger car’s windshield and cause fatal injuries to the driver and passengers.
As you can imagine, driving a passenger car is nothing like operating a logging truck. In fact, it’s like comparing a cow to a dog. Since logging trucks are some of the most dangerous vehicles on our roads and highways, it makes sense that federal and traffic laws require logging companies and logging truck drivers to take certain precautions when loading and operating trucks that transport large branches of trees, which are never identical in their size, weight, diameter, and other measurements.
The logging company or a third-party company or individual responsible for logging and securing logs must ensure that the logs are loaded and secured in a way that prevents them from rolling, falling, shifting, or sliding when the vehicle is turning, backing, accelerating, braking, and performing other maneuvers. Failure to load and secure logs properly may lead to a rollover accident, which can be deadly for the truck driver and other parties involved in the crash considering the size and weight of the logging truck.
Our experienced logging truck accident attorney in Pittsburgh says that negligently loaded and secured logs are half the problem. Many accidents involving logging trucks are also caused by poor vehicle maintenance, lack of training and qualification, drunk driving, drowsy driving, and a plethora of other negligent driving behaviors and errors.
Causes of logging truck accidents include but are not limited to:
Seeking compensation for your damages and losses sustained in a logging truck accident may not be as simple as you think. For one, because the logging company or even the truck driver will most likely deny liability for the accident. Luckily, you can hire a Pittsburgh logging truck crash lawyer to conduct an unbiased investigation to prove that the driver and/or the logging company violated safety regulations imposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).