Client-Focused Truck Accident Lawyers Serving the Pittsburgh Area
Giving you options after a crash with a large semi-truck
Accidents involving large trucks are more dangerous than the average car crash, mostly due to the sheer size of these vehicles and the damage they can cause. For legal guidance after a trucking accident in western Pennsylvania, look to Bowers & Fawcett, LLC. We have more than 40 years of experience helping accident victims throughout our region, successfully resolving many accidents involving commercial vehicles.
Truck accidents can happen anywhere
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, there were approximately 6,000 large truck accidents in the commonwealth in 2010, and 145 of them resulted in fatal injuries. Trucking accidents are becoming more of a problem in western Pennsylvania because of the extensive Marcellus Shale drilling projects in the area. Whether it’s with a tractor-trailer or dump truck, any accident involving a large commercial truck is likely to make the situation even more dangerous. Injuries resulting from these accidents can require a long recovery period with significant wage loss. An experienced injury lawyer can help you get the compensation you are entitled to.
The following are some of the most common causes of trucking accidents:
- Driver fatigue. Truck drivers have certain limitations regarding how many hours they can be on the road within a 24-hour period. They occasionally break these rules to get extra pay for quicker deliveries or to get home to their families. However, many studies indicate that fatigued driving is nearly as dangerous as drunk driving.
- Defective roadways. Truck drivers must sometimes navigate through hazardous road conditions, including potholes, cracks, construction, bumps and bad weather. These conditions, combined with the long hours drivers must be on the road, lead to a greater likelihood of crashes.
- Weight/loading violations. Every truck must follow a rigorous set of guidelines to ensure drivers can handle them safely on the road. Overweight trucks or those that have been improperly loaded could cause handling and balance difficulties.
- Defective equipment. While vehicle defects are a common cause of car accidents, they are an even more prominent problem for large trucks, specifically in terms of tire defects and break failures. Blowouts are quite common and often happen because of poorly manufactured tires or the failure to replace worn out tires.
If a loved one was involved in a fatal collision, you may need to pursue compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. An experienced lawyer can help you bring a lawsuit for a truck accident resulting in tragedy.
Don’t wait to speak with an experienced truck accident attorney
After an accident with a large truck, call Bowers & Fawcett, LLC right away at 724-266-0290 or contact us online. We provide free initial consultations and have flexible office hours, with evening and weekend appointments available upon request. You pay no attorney fees unless we recover for you. Our dedicated team serves individuals and families throughout Beaver County and the rest of western Pennsylvania.