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If you or someone you love was involved in an auto accident involving a commercial vehicle, we can help. An experienced truck accident attorney at Woomer & Talarico, LLC, in Pittsburgh, PA, can help you recover just and fair financial compensation for your injuries. To schedule a consultation with one of our motor vehicle accident attorneys, reach out to our legal practice today.

Truck Accident Cases

Truck accident cases often involve multiple parties and their insurance companies, which can make them incredibly complex. Furthermore, the U.S. trucking industry may be the most regulated of all businesses in the U.S.

Sometimes, truck accidents can seem like bad luck and nobody’s fault, but it’s where an experienced truck accident expert can help you get the best recovery. Many times trucking companies fake log books, but now with “black boxes” in most trucks, a careful analysis by an engineer will be able to determine the real truth about the speed, load, braking distance and location of the accident. Don’t allow the truckers to fool you into thinking it is not their fault. See an experienced truck accident attorney at Woomer & Talarico. Successfully navigating a truck accident claim requires an exhaustive understanding of the law and years of experience.

Successfully navigating a truck accident claim requires an exhaustive understanding of the law and years of experience.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Laws are in place to prevent truck accidents from occurring, but many truck drivers and commercial vehicle operators fail to follow the rules in their chase of a quick buck. Common causes of truck accidents in Pennsylvania include:

•   Overloading: A vehicle that is overloaded beyond its maximum gross vehicle weight can easily tip over, and dangerously increase the truck’s stopping distance.
•   Speeding: Commercial vehicles weigh significantly more than passenger cars and trucks and have much greater stopping distances, which is why it is important that they not drive at excessive speeds.
•   Driver Fatigue: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has rules dictating how long a commercial truck driver can operate his or her vehicle during a 24 hour period. When drivers ignore these rules, their driving can be severely impaired. Driving fatigue is maybe the largest cause of truck accidents that can be proven by expert examination of the log books.
•   Lack of Maintenance: Along with driver fatigue, lack of maintenance can be a cause of accidents.  Commercial truck companies must maintain strict maintenance schedules in order to ensure vehicles are safe for highway travel. If a vehicle is not properly maintained, it can lead to catastrophic failures, including tire blowouts, brake failure, steering failure, and more.
•   Adverse Weather on I-80/I-79: If you are a Pittsburgh native, then you likely know that Interstates 79 and 80 are prone to whiteouts during the winter. For these reasons and more, truck drivers on these roadways should exercise extreme caution and due diligence. Many times truck drivers and the insurance companies will cite this “act of God” as the cause of the accident, when in fact, an expert examination of the “black box” will prove otherwise.

Accidents caused by any of these factors can be grounds for a personal injury claim.