There are many reasons why truck accidents occur on roads and highways throughout Pennsylvania. For instance, a distracted driver may not notice that others on the highway have slowed down just prior to entering a construction zone. This may lead to a collision that results in numerous injuries or deaths. Let’s take a closer look at some of the other causes of collisions involving commercial vehicles.
Driver impairment may play a role in large truck crashes
Commercial motorists are allowed to drive up to 11 hours per day, which may result in significant fatigue. Tired drivers tend to have difficulty processing information that may allow them to take evasive actions in a timely manner. In some cases, fatigue can cause a person to fall asleep while his or her vehicle is in motion. Drugs, alcohol and prescription medications may also increase the risk that a commercial driver causes a motor vehicle accident to occur.
Poor road conditions can make a crash more likely
Large vehicles need more time to safely come to a complete stop regardless of road conditions. If a commercial truck’s tires lose traction for any reason, it may cause it to jackknife. It may also cause the vehicle to slide off of the road or go into an uncontrolled skid across several lanes of traffic.
Passenger drivers also violate traffic laws
If you’re driving a passenger vehicle, it is important that you understand how to safely coexist with commercial trucks. For example, you should always use your turn signal, stay out of a truck’s blind spot and take other actions to telegraph your intentions while in the vicinity of a larger vehicle. It may also be in your best interest to maintain an adequate following distance as your vehicle will likely experience significant damage in a rear collision.
Motor vehicle accident injuries may make it difficult to go back to work or school. An attorney may be able to help you obtain compensation for lost wages, lost future earnings or other damages incurred in an accident caused by a negligent driver.