Large trucks are an integral part of the economy in Allentown and throughout Pennsylvania. However, there are times when commercial trucks collide with passenger vehicles and lead to severe injuries and extensive property damage. At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., our team is here to help if you need an Allentown truck accident attorney by your side. If you have been injured due to the careless or negligent actions of a truck driver or trucking company, we will work diligently to recover full compensation for your losses. We are not afraid to stand up to aggressive insurance carriers or trucking companies to ensure you are cared for.
How often do Allentown truck accidents occur?
Data available from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation shows that there were 6,344 total vehicle accidents across the Commonwealth during the latest reporting year (2020). This marked a decrease in total large truck crashes across Pennsylvania from the previous few years, but we do want to point out that these numbers may be somewhat skewed because of the COVID-19 lockdowns and there being less traffic on the roadways for part of that year.
Accidents involving large trucks can occur for a variety of reasons. Often, these incidents are caused by the careless or negligent actions of a truck driver or trucking company. Drivers have a tremendous responsibility when they are behind the wheel of these large vehicles. Accidents are much more likely to occur if a driver:
- Operates a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs
- Fails to abide by the federal hours of service regulations
- Disregards traffic laws or fails to yield the right of way
- Operates the truck too fast for conditions
Trucking companies also have a significant responsibility in these situations. Truck companies must ensure that drivers are properly trained to operate these vehicles. Additionally, truck companies must regularly inspect and maintain each vehicle in order to ensure proper roadway operation.
The Pennsylvania DOT does list some of the most common causes of heavy truck crashes involving vehicle failure, and this includes:
- Tire or wheel related failure
- Brake failure
- Unsecured trailer or overloaded trailer
- Powertrain failure
- Steering system failure
- Trailer hitch or improper towing problems
- Defective lighting
Common Allentown truck accident injuries
Injuries resulting from large commercial truck accidents are often severe. These vehicles can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds when fully loaded, which means that an impact with a traditional passenger car can result in significant trauma for those insides. Some of the most common injuries resulting from truck accidents include the following:
- Spinal cord trauma with paralysis
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Amputations or lacerations
- Significant scarring and disfigurement
- Internal organ damage or internal bleeding
- …and more
Call an Allentown truck accident lawyer today
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in an accident caused by the careless or negligent actions of a truck driver or trucking company in Allentown, reach out to the team at Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. for help today. Our attorneys have extensive experience helping injury victims recover significant compensation amounts as a result of these incidents. Our goal is to make sure that you receive coverage of your medical bills, lost wages, property damage expenses, pain and suffering damages, and more. When you need an Allentown truck accident attorney by your side, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 866-597-8572.