When cars share the road with trucks, serious accidents can occur. These accidents can be especially dangerous due to the size and weight of trucks. Read on to learn more about truck accidents in Pennsylvania.
Who May Be Responsible for a Truck Accident?
Truck accidents can happen for any number of reasons. There are also various parties that may be held responsible for an accident, including:
- Negligent truck drivers: When truck drivers speed, drive while fatigued, drive while intoxicated, or otherwise disobey the rules and regulations of the road, they can cause a serious accident.
- Negligent truck company employers: If a truck company employer does not ensure that his or her drivers are certified and properly trained, they may be held partially accountable in an accident. Additionally, truck drivers are not allowed to drive more than 11 hours within a 14-hour workday, allotting them no more than 70 hours of driving a week. If a company knows a driver is exceeding these hours, they may be held responsible for an accident.
- Negligent truck company employees: Employees are responsible for maintaining the trucks and ensuring they are in optimal condition. If a truck is not properly maintained, these employees may be held responsible. They are also responsible for loading the trucks. and if a truck is improperly loaded, causing materials to come loose and harm others on the road.
- Faulty truck parts: At times, truck accidents are due to faulty truck parts created by negligent product designers or manufacturers. In this case, you would file a product liability lawsuit.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
If you have been involved in a truck accident due to another party’s negligence, there is a good chance you will be entitled to recover compensation. But, in order to recover the compensation you need and deserve in order to heal, you will need to file your claim in time. In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally two years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within two years will likely mean losing the opportunity to recover the compensation you need and deserve in order to heal.
If you have been injured in a truck accident in Pennsylvania, our firm is here to help. We will fight to recover the compensation you deserve. Reach out to speak with an experienced and dedicated personal injury attorney.
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