Pennsylvania Route 8 runs for nearly one hundred and fifty miles through western Pennsylvania cutting across Allegheny, Butler, Venango, Crawford, and Eerie counties. Along with cutting through some difficult mountain terrain, this road provides access to Pittsburgh. Along with connecting drivers to one of the largest cities in the state, this road also has numerous major intersections including:
- Interstate 376
- US 22
- US 30
- PA 28
- Interstate 76
- US 422
- US 62
- US 6
- Interstate 90
- US 20
Additionally, Pennsylvania 8 has a half mile long truck route located in Titusville which provides access to local trucks in the small industrial areas. If you have been involved in an accident involving a large truck, you should know that there is no easy path, but Reiff Law Firm’s The Truck Accident Team isn’t interested in easy routes. To schedule a private, no-cost evaluation, call our law offices at (215) 709-6940 or contact us online.
Common Truck Accident Injuries
When there is any accident between two vehicles there is always the chance that they are going to be injuries. Even with modern technologies conveniences and safety advancements; driving down the road can be dangerous. Truck accidents are some of the most devastating accidents on the road. Not only are these vehicles traveling at the same speed or greater speeds than other vehicles on the road, but they substantially outweigh other vehicles on the road. Common injuries that stem from truck accidents include:
- Head and brain injuries
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Herniated discs
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
Injuries sustained in a truck accident can not only impact you, but they can also impact your family. Unfortunately, truck accidents involve so much force that deaths and other fatal injuries can happen. In these instances, you may be able to file a wrongful death action on your loved one’s behalf.
Proving Liability in a Truck Accident
When you are involved in an accident with a truck, other commercial vehicle it is important to remember that the driver in front of you might not be the only one who is liable for the accident. Not only can the driver be held responsible, but the trucking company, the owner of the trailer, the shipper, and the manufacturer can potentially be held responsible for the accident.
When you are behind the wheel of your vehicle you are expected to drive and behave in accordance with the laws and regulations of Pennsylvania. You know as a driver this means abiding by the speed limit, avoiding using your cell phone while driving, and not drinking and driving. As a driver, you are held to the rules and regulations set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. When you do not abide by the rules of the road and are subsequently involved in an accident, you may be deemed to be liable for the accident under the theory of negligence.
Negligence is the theory that all drivers on the road owe a duty to drive and operate their vehicles as a reasonably safe and prudent driver would be expected to. When a driver does not abide by these expectations, say because they choose to drink and drive, they are said to be in breach of this duty. However, when they are in breach of this duty and subsequently are involved in an accident that results in an injury and damages they can said to be negligent and thus liable for the accident and injuries that they have caused.
Truck drivers have all of the same duties of a regular passenger driver, however, they are expected to maintain an elevated standard for themselves because they are professionals. Indeed, not only are truck drivers expected to conform to the rules set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, but they are also expected to conform to the rules set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA). Therefore, when a truck driver does not follow the rules of the road and is subsequently in an accident they often are the ones who are liable for the accident. However, in other instances, the accident may have been caused by the shipper improperly loading cargo, or the trucking company who failed to inspect the vehicle. This is why it is important for anyone who has been injured in a truck accident to begin their case by contacting an experienced attorney who is able to help you determine who is liable and who should have to pay for your injuries.