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What are some common causes of truck accidents?

Although all types of motor vehicle accidents have the potential to be devastating, truck accidents are among the deadliest types of accidents. Commercial trucks can weigh thousands of pounds and that much weight travelling at high speeds can create a deadly force. Because trucks can pose such a threat to other vehicles on the road, truck drivers are expected to abide by certain federal trucking regulations. When they fail to do so, a devastating accident may occur.

New trucking log protocol meant to reduce dangers

Truck drivers in Pennsylvania and across the United States now have to be aware of new federal trucking regulations regarding the amount of time they spend on the road and their trucking log. A new rule has been implemented that requires truck drivers to keep their logbook electronically rather than by hand. This went into effect in December of 2015 and is meant to reduce the possibility of a driver manipulating the amount of time they spend on the road.

Protecting the rights of truck accident victims

Truck accidents involve many unique facets that are absent in other types of motor vehicle accidents. Sometimes, a victim may be unsure as to what actions are appropriate following an accident with a large commercial truck. Some Philadelphia residents may wonder who is responsible in such an accident and who should provide compensation -- in other words, should the trucker be held responsible, or should the trucking company.

Options when pursuing compensation after a truck accident

Semi-truck accidents can be more devastating than other accidents involving smaller vehicles. The reasons are obvious - commercial trucks can weigh thousands of pounds, and that much weight travelling at high speeds creates a highly destructive force. Philadelphia residents who have been involved in such accidents are likely aware of just how devastating these accidents can be. However, some may may not be aware of what their options are when pursuing compensation after a truck accident.

Pennsylvania truck drivers' skill tests measure key abilities

Commercial truck drivers have to take skills tests to demonstrate that they can perform vehicle inspections. These tests also help show that they can safely operate a semi-truck on the roads. Without demonstrating their ability to safely operate a big rig, drivers may be more likely to cause damaging truck accidents and serious injuries.

Understanding drowsy driving risk and regulation

Drowsy driving, also colloquially referred to as fatigued driving happens anytime a driver gets behind the wheel of a vehicle when they are sleepy, or tired and drowsy, and clearly in a sleep deprived state. When a drowsy driver gets involved in an accident that causes a crash, typically that crash is referred to as a drowsy driving crash.

Truck driver charged after fatal Pennsylvania truck accident

It can be helpful for families facing the traumatic loss of a loved one to be familiar with legal protections available to them during a difficult time. In Pennsylvania, a truck driver recently surrendered to police after being charged in the death of a worker on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. One worker was killed in the truck accident and one other worker was injured. The victim who lost his life in the truck accident was a 61-year old man. The two workers were working in a lane that had been closed off when the truck driver entered the closed lane with his tractor trailer and struck the two men in construction vehicles.

We provide legal strength for truck accident victims

Every commercial truck driver is legally required to pass driving tests that demonstrate they have the proper skills and knowledge to drive large trucks safely anywhere in the country, including Pennsylvania. Every driver should be able to navigate through unfamiliar territory and be capable of handling different road conditions and hazards. A driver also must be able to watch for height clearances to ensure their commercial vehicles will not destroy property or be damaged. Finally, every truck driver should understand the person's responsibility in ensuring the safety of other drivers and pedestrians around them. Unfortunately, not all drivers meet these responsibilities.

DOT addresses truck driver fatigue to reduce truck crashes

Not getting enough sleep is a common problem for many people in Philadelphia. Distractions of every sort, including electronics such as smartphones and tablets, social media sites and everyday stress keeps many people from getting a full night of sleep, and more and more individuals suffer fatigue because of it. Truck drivers are no different. Unfortunately, with a truck driver fatigue can be a more dangerous problem because it increases the risk of a truck accident.

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