The Uniqueness of an Accident Involving a Semi Truck
Posted on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 at 10:17 pm
We’ve all been there. You’re navigating traffic, an underappreciated miracle of concentration in its own right, on the Schuylkill Expressway. Traffic is dense coming off of an event at the Citizens Bank Park Stadium and you’ve got a massive, fast moving, heavy truck in your circle of safety. Maybe its bearing down on you as you try to pass or make your way through heavy traffic, its lights higher than yours, blind your mirror, making it difficult to see what’s ahead.
Trucks are so large, they often create their own physical phenomena. Air rushing over the truck cabin and cargo area bounces off in strange directions, pushing and pulling your car and affecting your ability to feel totally in control. Oftentimes, truck drivers push themselves and get too tired to drive responsibly. Conditions may be wet, dark, or otherwise less than ideal. As you drive next to these possibilities, the thought of an enormous truck changing lanes into your family car, can make even the bravest driver a little skittish.
Truck drivers are under a lot of pressure. They’ve got to get their load somewhere on a strict schedule. They often go faster than they should. Plus, trucks are just more difficult to drive than your average sedan.
Truck drivers are subject to the rules and regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation and trucks over a certain size are required by law to maintain a regular service and check-up schedule. State law requires that drivers must keep regular driving logs so that state regulators and law enforcement can, when required to, make sure truck drivers aren’t pulling a dangerous long haul. They are required to sleep a certain amount each day and for good reason. They are subject to stringent controls on alcohol and drug abuse. But even truck drivers push their limits and test the law on occasion.
An accident between a large truck and your average car can be quite dangerous. And when the truck driver is negligent in any of these areas, you might be entitled to a settlement. And whats more, the drivers trucking company might also be liable if they didn’t do their part in keeping the truck safe and road worthy.
If you are unfortunate enough to be a victim of a truck crash, you’re going to need an experienced, competent and knowledgeable truck accident attorney in Philadelphia. You need time to get yourself back to normalparticularly if youve suffered debilitating injuries as a result of your accident. Thats why you should trust the capable attorneys at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC. We’ve handled all sorts of accident cases, including numerous accidents involving trucks, which are unique cases that need to be handled in a certain way. If you have been injured in a truck accident, give us a call today.