Share the road is a motto often used to remind drivers of bicycles and motorcycles. Like people, vehicles come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. The best way to share the roadways is to consider all the traffic regulations and drive patiently. However, in today’s busy world where we feel we are in constant demand, patience isn’t our strong suit. Our Pittsburgh Tractor Trailer Accident Lawyers at SMT Legal represent victims of injury from truck accidents. Our client stories are unique in detail, but familiar in one way: they were sharing the road while a tractor-trailer driver was acting negligently.
Negligent Tractor trailer Driving
When you are injured the whole world stops for you. You are unable to go about your regular business or routine. You can no longer envision a future or present that does not include the pain of the injury. It can completely alter how you work or if you work. Negligent behavior has severe consequences. Here are some ways in which truck drivers act negligently:
- Using prescription drugs
- Drowsy driving
- Driving under the influence
- Poor truck maintenance
- Shift in load
- Improper lane change
- Improper turning
- Not adequately trained
Each of those negligent behaviors can cause a collision with one or more vehicles. Tractor trailers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. The impact of this amount of weight can cause severe personal and property damage. Even though truck drivers have to get a special license to drive, it does not mean that they are any more cautious than other drivers even though they should be more cautious.
For example, a box truck, otherwise known as a tractor-trailer, attempted to make a left turn onto an I-79 North ramp when he collided with an oncoming car. Instead of waiting patiently, the driver decided to speed through the turn to get onto the ramp. The action did not go as planned. Instead, the impatient driver ended up driving over a passing car which also had a green light. The collision crushed the car and toppled over the box truck. A young man attending technical college drove the car and died on the scene. The tractor-trailer driver confessed to trying to speed through the light. Police say that the accident was completely avoidable had the truck driver been more patient.
What We Can Do
Any car accident is scary, but when you are matched against a tractor-trailer, it adds a whole other layer of fear. Our Pittsburgh Tractor Trailer Accident Attorneys have seen the injuries. From brain injury to broken bones to paralysis, truck accidents cause victims to seriously reconsider the plans for his or her future and alter them accordingly. We may not be able to turn back time, but we will make sure that you are compensated for
- Medical expenses
- Transportation to medical appointments
- Lost wages for recovery time
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life due to damages
With us by your side, we will negotiate until we get the amount that is right for you. Call 412-765-3345 or click here to schedule a free case evaluation with our professional attorneys at SMT Legal in Pittsburgh today.