Running for over two hundred miles Pennsylvania Route 18 has the distinction of being the longest state route in Pennsylvania. In addition to being the longest route in the state, this road also traverses the entire state. Pennsylvania route 18 runs through Greene county, Washington county, Beaver county, Lawrence county, Mercer county, Crawford county, and Erie county. Because of the length of this road, it has numerous major intersections with major roads including:
- WV 69
- Interstate 70
- US 22
- Interstate 376
- Interstate 76
- Interstate 376
- Interstate 80
- Interstate 90
- Pennsylvania Route 5
It is easy to see with such an expansive road traversing through the entire state that accidents can be caused by a variety of factors including the road conditions, traffic patterns, as well as because of the sheer number of people on the road.
If you’ve been involved in a serious accident with an 18-wheeler or another commercial vehicle, the truck accident lawyers of the Reiff Law Firm’s The Truck Accident Team can fight for you. Schedule a free, no-obligation, confidential consultation today by calling (215) 246-9000 or contact us online today.
Causes of Commercial Trucking Crashes
Most truck accidents, and indeed car accidents are entirely avoidable and preventable. Unfortunately, in an accident with a truck or other large commercial vehicle, it can be almost impossible for another driver to avoid an accident, and often truck accidents are the sole responsibility of the truck driver. However, large trucking companies and their legal teams will often attempt to shift liability and determining who is responsible for a truck accident can be an extremely frustrating and difficult aspect of a truck accident case. However, our team has experience holding drivers and their companies liable for the accidents they cause. Some of the most common causes of commercial trucking accidents include:
- Violation of traffic laws
- Drug and alcohol abuse
- Poor maintenance history
- Manufacturing defects
One of the most prevalent and longstanding causes of truck accidents is driver fatigue and distraction. Truck drivers who spend too long on the road are at an increased chance of falling asleep behind the wheel. In fact, this problem has been such an issue that it has caused local, state, and federal legislators to enact multiple laws and constantly re-examine the issue. By some statistics over thirteen percent of all truck accidents can be attributed to driver fatigue. On July 1, 2013, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) put forth new regulations to improve safety on the road. The regulations are designed to cut down on driver fatigue, and trucking companies have already been given 18 months to implement these new changes. Truck drivers may now only work a maximum of 70 hours a week, which is a decrease from the previous limit of 82 hours per week. While this is a decrease in the amount of time that a driver can be behind the wheel, there are other problems with fatigue in the trucking industry that can lead to an accident. During many periods of high volume shipping, trucking companies will encourage and even force drivers to complete numerous deliveries in a very short amount of time, cause the drivers not only to rush but often to work when they are exhausted. This can cause drivers to be overly tired behind the wheel leading to accidents and injuries.
Challenges Following a Truck Accident
Truck accidents tend to be some of the most devastating injuries on the road. These accidents are not only physical devastating, but they can also be emotionally devastating as well. After a truck accident, victims face a variety of challenges. One of which begins almost immediately after an accident. While you may be on the way to the hospital for treatment, the trucking company is already contacting their legal teams and insurance companies in preparation. You may quickly receive a call from an insurance company or the company’s lawyer, which can be intimidating as well as confusing as some companies are so aggressive that they will contact people within hours of the accident – all in an attempt to avoid liability.
In addition to dealing with aggressive insurance companies, you may be dealing with a considerable amount of pain and should be focusing on your recovery and your rehabilitation.
Many people wonder what the benefits of hiring a truck accident attorney are. Statistics show that truck accidents overwhelming result in physical injuries as well as massive property damages. As noted above, when you are in an accident with a large trucking company, it is not uncommon for their company and their legal teams will act quickly to avoid liability. By relying on an experienced truck accident attorney from the outset of your case, you can rest assured that aggressive insurance companies will not trick you because our team is not intimidated by these high-pressure tactics.
In addition to relying on our experience and knowledge of these aggressive tactics, our team employs specialists such as accident reconstruction officials, medical teams, economic investigators, and physical rehabilitation teams.
We are familiar with the role of insurance companies and know how working with these companies can impact your case. Our attorneys have decades of experience working with insurance companies and litigating against them to protect the rights of our clients.
Injured on Pennsylvania Route 18 and In Need of a Truck Accident Lawyer?
If you have been injured in a truck accident it is important that you do not wait. If you have been injured in an accident because of another driver careless, reckless, or negligent actions, you may be entitled to significant damages for your injuries, lost wages, and other damages. The lawyers of Reiff Law Firm’s The Truck Accident Team can fight for you. To schedule a free and confidential consultation call (215) 246-9000 or contact us online today.