Cooper Schall & Levy discusses the legal action you can take with truck accidents.

Truck Accidents

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were 450,000 police-reported crashes involving large trucks in 2017 alone. Of those 450,000 crashes, 4,237 were fatal and 344,000 involved injuries. Sharing the road with large trucks is a part of the life of a motor vehicle driver. Unfortunately, the size of these trucks means they are more dangerous than other vehicles and cause some of the worst accidents on U.S. roads and highways. Take care when you are around these vehicles.

Pennsylvania Turnpike Closed Almost Nine Hours After Truck Accident Occurs

During the early hours of Friday, July 12th, a tractor-trailer overturned, shutting down a significant portion of the eastbound Pennsylvania Turnpike for hours. While the accident occurred around 4 a.m., the roadway did not reopen until just before 1 p.m. The overturned truck blocked all lanes past Exit 312, Downington. The big rig was hauling glass that broke all over the highway. It took crews several hours to remove all of it. Drivers were detoured between Exit 312, Downington, and Exit 326, Valley Forge. While this was a major inconvenience to many people on their morning commute, it is fortunate that there were no reported injuries as a result of the crash.

Crashes involving semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, and other large trucks used for hauling heavy loads often come with a significant amount of destruction. Fortunately, the accident involved here did not result in any injuries, but it is all too often that the most severe and fatal injuries occur as a result of a truck accident. The cause of the tractor-trailer overturning remains under investigation. Some of the most common causes of truck crashes are:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Improper driver training
  • Failure to comply with truck maintenance safety standards
  • Driving Under the Influence

Because of the sheer size and weight of a tractor-trailer, drivers must undergo extensive training to be prepared for the unique hazards that come with operating such a vehicle. It takes trucks longer to stop because they are so heavy. Turning in a tractor-trailer is completely different than in other vehicles. Blind spots are much more extensive and the fact that the driver sits up so much higher than other vehicles can also make it more difficult to see other smaller vehicles on the road. These are all things that a truck driver should be aware of and in command of before heading out on long hauls. Additionally, the truck should always comply with the required safety checks to make sure it is fully operational and carrying properly loaded cargo.

If you are in a car or other motor vehicle sharing the road with a semi-truck or tractor-trailer, be aware of the unique dangers of such a situation. Remember that the truck has large blind spots. Avoid entering these blind spots and remain as visible to the driver as possible. Remember that it takes these trucks more time to brake. This means keeping a safe distance between your vehicle and the truck. If you need to pass the truck, do so quickly. Remain vigilant to help keep everyone on the road safer.

Truck Accident Attorneys

If you have been involved in a truck accident, you may have sustained severe injuries that will require extensive and continuing treatment. With mounting medical bills and the possibility that you will be unable to return to work as soon as you’d like, you are likely under a large amount of financial stress and pressure. Cooper Schall & Levy are here to be your advocate. We stand up for our clients and fight for their right to full and fair compensation. Contact us today.

Trucking Accidents Hit Record High

In the 24-month period prior to December 3, 2017, FedEx Express drivers were reported to have been involved in 1762 crashes, 575 involving injuries, including 41 deaths. From 2012, the number of crashes has increased by 254.5%; the number of injuries has increased by 192%, and the number of fatalities has increased by 273%.

In the 24-month period prior to December 3, 2017, DHL Express drivers were reported to have been involved in 16 crashes, involving 7 injuries and 1 fatality. From 2012, the number of crashes has increased by 100% and the number of injuries has increased by 75%.

In the 24-month period prior to December 3, 2017, UPS drivers were reported to have been involved in 2,003 crashes, 689 involving injuries, including 49 deaths. Since 2012, the number of crashes has increased by 38%; the number of injures has increased by 27%, and the number of fatalities has increased by 25.6%.

Fedex reported the highest number of employees at 99,999 drivers while UPS came in second at 47,799 drivers.

On the job deaths involving heavy-duty truck drivers or semi-truck drivers hit a record hit a record high in 2017 This ominous news is only furthered by the fact that the trucking industry has an increase of crashes by 254.5%. Read More….

The companies listed here are not necessarily the most dangerous ones on the road. The number of miles traveled and accidents logged—and the severity of those accidents—varies wildly between companies.

Truckers are not the only victims

The unfortunate reality is that while these truckers are dying, many more victims are also killed or seriously injured due to the negligence on the part of the truckers. These large vehicles often cause considerable damage to others with little more than a scratch to themselves. The families of truckers and their victims are best served by seeking out legal guidance. An experienced personal injury attorney can help secure damages for loss of income to the injured and deceased, medical expenses and even damage to property.

If you have been involved in an accident and may be seeking a lawyer who understands the complex matter of litigating a truck accident case, please feel free to call CSL for a private and free confidential consultation. We can be reached at 215.561.3313 or use the website www.cooperschalland registration form on this site.