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18 Wheeler, Tractor-Trailer & Semi Truck Accident Attorneys in Pennsylvania

With Offices in Philadelphia, Bethlehem, Lancaster & Reading

Trucks make up a large number of the vehicles on the roadways, highways, turnpikes and interstates. These large transporters have many names, almost all of which are based on how they are constructed. Some common terms for these trucks are 18–wheelersemi truck, and tractor–trailer.

No matter what they are called, they are one of the leading causes of fatal accidents on our roadways.  The considerable size and weight of these vehicles make them a substantial risk for people operating smaller passenger cars. All too often a harried driver on a deadline or an operator is guilty of working more hours than are deemed safe, which can lead to deadly collisions.

When a semi truck, 18–wheeler or tractor–trailer collides with a smaller vehicle, there can be many causes, such as reckless driving, driving under the influence and distracted driving. Some contributing factors are unique to the operation of large trucks for commercial purposes.  The reasons behind why a collision occurred are not a justification.  Often, they are preventable circumstances that, when ignored, lead to a crash.  They include:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Driver under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
  • Distracted driving, including when a driver is texting or using their cell phone while operating the vehicle
  • Driver not being able to stop in time to avoid a crash
  • Driver inexperience or poor training
  • Improperly loaded cargo
  • Jackknifing (where the truck and the trailer form an L or a V shape)
  • Brake or other mechanical failure due to negligent maintenance of the tractor or trailer

Contact a Tractor Trailer Accident Lawyer in Philadelphia

If you or a loved one has been injured, we are happy to answer your questions and have one of our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers review your case for free. Please call us at 1-800-222-USWA (8792) or complete our short contact form and a member of our firm will contact you.

With offices in Philadelphia, Bethlehem, Lancaster and Reading, we serve clients throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. And, remember, there is no fee unless we recover for you.