Drivers of big rigs, commercial trucks with a tractor and a trailer, are trusted to adhere to strict state and federal regulations regarding hours of service, cargo weight, maintenance, repairs, and overall safe operation. As a vehicle that has three axles and ten to eighteen wheels, safely maneuvering a big rig is a complicated task. This is why, along with several other reasons, all drivers of commercial vehicles weighing over 26,000 pounds are required to get a commercial driver’s license. Big rigs are also known as semi trucks, 18-wheelers, and tractor trailers. These large vehicles transport a wide range of materials not only for consumer use, but also industry and construction purposes.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Big Rigs and Other Large Trucks are More Likely to be Involved in Deadly Multiple-Vehicle Accidents, as Opposed to Deadly Single-Vehicle Accidents, Than Passenger Vehicles
More specifically, in 2009, 81 percent of fatal accidents involving large trucks were multiple-vehicle collisions, compared to 58 percent for passenger vehicles collisions.
Because of the extensive scope big rig accidents have on causing fatalities and catastrophic injury, it is crucial for big rig drivers to do everything within their power to prevent accidents. However, due to a wide range of causes, mostly ones that relate to negligence on the part of the trucker or trucking company, big rig accidents in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States continue to take the lives of thousands of people and cause serious injury to thousands of others every year.
Common types of truck driver negligence that often cause big rig accidents include:
- Drug and/or alcohol use;
- Improper passing;
- Hours of service violations (falsifying or no log book);
- Failure to yield right of way;
- Improper turns;
- Failure to report sleep apnea or get treatment;
- Disqualified driver;
- Following too close;
- Reckless driving;
- Improper lane change; and,
- Failure to obey traffic control devices.
A big rig crash attorney at The Reiff Law Firm has the legal knowledge and skill to handle commercial truck accidents related to these causes and many others. Protecting our clients’ rights is our priority. Our law firm follows through for injured individuals and family members of those killed in accidents caused by big rig drivers. We know the proper steps to ensure that evidence is preserved, a strong case is developed, and negligence is proven so that you walk away with the compensation you need to recover.
Severely Injured in a Truck Accident? Our Pennsylvania Truck Accident Lawyers at The Reiff Law Firm Can Look Into Your Case With Years of Knowledge and Experience
Based on a recent study conducted by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), truck drivers who have previously been involved in an accident have an 88 percent increase in their chances of being involved in another accident in the future. Not only do our big rig accident lawyers at The Reiff Law Firm win compensation for injury and wrongful death clients, we help ensure that negligent truck drivers responsible for causing an accident are held responsible so that future accidents don’t occur. For a free consultation about your big rig collision, call our experienced team of accident attorneys today.