Causes of Truck Accidents
Experienced, Philadelphia truck accident lawyer explains what you need to know
How did your truck accident happen in Philadelphia? Whatever the cause of your crash, make sure you have an experienced, Philadelphia truck accident attorney on your side, investigating your accident. Make sure you have The Hanamirian Firm, PC fighting for your rights.
For more than three decades, attorney Michael Hanamirian and his talented legal team have been working with people in the Philadelphia area injured in accidents caused by commercial truck drivers. That’s why we’re familiar with many of the common causes of truck accidents – and what to do about them.
What are common causes of truck accidents?
Accidents caused by commercial truck drivers happen for many different reasons. Some of the most common – and most serious – causes of truck accidents include:
- Distracted truck drivers – Truck drivers are often easily distracted while driving, resulting in a serious distracted driving truck accident.
- Texting truck drivers – Texting while driving is against the law for commercial truck drivers in Pennsylvania. But that doesn’t stop some drivers from texting behind the wheel and causing serious accidents.
- Speeding truck drivers – Driving too fast remains one of the leading causes of truck accidents in Philadelphia and throughout the state.
- Drunk truck drivers – Drinking and driving can be a dangerous combination, especially when truck drivers are driving tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers and other large vehicles.
- Overloaded trucks – Strict weight limits exist for commercial trucks. That’s because overloaded trucks can tip over and cause serious truck accidents.
- Improperly loaded trucks – If the contents of a truck – especially a tractor-trailer – are not loaded properly, the truck can be difficult to control and easily tip over.
- Poorly maintained trucks – Commercial trucks need to be properly maintained. This includes making sure the brakes work properly and that the tires are not bald. Otherwise, serious truck accidents can easily happen.
- Inexperienced truck drivers – Truck drivers must undergo extensive training and have a special driver’s license, known as a commercial driver’s license (CDL). That’s because inexperienced drivers sometimes cause very serious crashes.
- Falling asleep at the wheel – Tired truck drivers often cause serious accidents. That’s why federal laws exist which require commercial truck drivers to take mandatory breaks. These rules are known as Hours of Service (HOS) regulations.
Whatever the cause of your truck accident, make sure you have an experienced, truck accident lawyer on your side, aggressively investigating your crash.
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It’s important to start investigating your commercial truck accident as soon as possible. Certain, critical data can legally be destroyed by trucking companies after a certain period of time. Such data includes information included in the truck’s event data recorder (EDR) or electronic control module (ECM), which is also known as the truck’s “black box.” This device records a wealth of information that could be useful when determining the cause of your truck accident. Such information includes:
- Location of truck before and during accident.
- Speed of truck at the time of the crash.
- The last time the truck driver took a break before the accident.
- Whether the truck’s brakes were applied before the accident.
- Whether the truck driver was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.
- Similar truck data for the previous week or month.
Again, trucking companies only have to keep such data for a limited amount of time. Afterwards, they can legally destroy such information, which could be critical to building a strong legal case.
Our law firm can work with you to preserve such data in a timely manner. We also know how to analyze accident reports, deal with trucking companies and negotiate effectively with insurance companies.