Philadelphia Truck Accident Lawyers
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Any motor vehicle accident can have complex causes. When trucks weighing 10,000 pounds or more are involved, the combination of heavy equipment and business interests virtually guarantees challenges finding everything that contributed to an accident. Each Philadelphia trucking accident lawyer at Galfand Berger has detailed knowledge of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and federal trucking laws, and the resources needed to conduct a thorough investigation in order to identify what caused an accident and all parties who may be at fault.
An Experienced Truck Accident Attorney Must Investigate Many Factors to Determine Liability
Liability for trucking accidents often extends to multiple parties, including the following:
- Driver negligence or inexperience. Truck drivers may be drowsy or even drunk, and they may exceed speed limits to keep up with deadlines. Pulling one or more trailers also requires special training. Without proper training or experience driving a truck, serious accidents can happen
- Improper truck preparation. Trucks must undergo safety inspections to ensure brakes, tires, and other items work properly, and the cargo must be loaded evenly and securely to avoid load shifts that can cause jackknifing and other problems on the road. Prep shortcuts taken prior to a run can lead to accidents
- Maintenance errors. Anyone responsible for maintaining or repairing trucks can make errors or use faulty parts that fail on the road
- Poorly designed or manufactured trucks. Any vehicle can come off the assembly line with unknown built-in hazards and new designs may later reveal flaws, even if the manufacturing process follows all specifications
- Employer negligence. Trucking companies can also share in liability for accidents by setting deadlines that virtually force truck drivers to take shortcuts—from shortening their rest breaks to speeding. Extensive conversations between truck drivers and dispatch can lead to a dangerous level of driver distraction
- Poor or dangerous road conditions. Roads suffering from negligent maintenance may be riddled with potholes, lack guardrails and median strips, and otherwise create hazards that lead to truck accidents. Liability for these conditions often rests with the government entities responsible for roadway safety.
Each Philadelphia truck accident lawyer at Pennsylvania’s Galfand Berger looks at these and countless other potential issues to formulate effective cases on behalf of injured victims.
Contact an Experienced Philadelphia Truck Accident Attorney Today
If you seek legal counsel or representation after a truck accident in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, our Philadelphia truck accident lawyers are happy to answer your questions and discuss concerns with you. You can call us toll free 1-800-222-USWA (8792) to schedule a consultation with one of our qualified Philadelphia truck accident attorneys or complete a short form so a member of our firm can contact you. There are no fees unless we recover money for you.