Truck accidents are not as common as other motor vehicle accidents, but they can be more severe. Read on to learn more about truck accidents in Pennsylvania, and what to do in the event of an injury.
What are the Most Common Causes of Truck Accidents?
Truck accidents can be the result of poor road conditions, inclement weather, faulty car parts, and more. But, for the most part, accidents are a result of truck driver negligence. The most common examples of negligence include:
- Excessively speeding
- Texting or using any other electronic device without hands-free technology
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving too fast around turns
- Driving while drowsy or fatigued
- Driving while eating, smoking, or navigating directions
- Unsafely changing lanes, unaware of the many blind spots trucks often have
- Failing to comply with traffic lights or signs
- Ignoring other rules of the road
What Do I Do If I Am Involved in an Accident?
If you are involved in an accident due to another driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. But, in order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will need to prove that this negligence occurred– to do so, make sure to take the following steps:
- Call 911. The police can call an ambulance for you, direct traffic at the scene of the accident, file a report, conduct chemical tests, interview witnesses, and more.
- Document the scene. It is important to take photos and videos at the scene of the accident. Make sure to document any damage done to the truck, your car, and any property involved.
- Obtain witness contacts. If anyone saw your accident occur, they may be able to corroborate your version of events.
- Go to the hospital. If you have been struck by a truck, you are likely seriously injured. It is important to make sure your injuries are treated by a professional. At the hospital, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents before you leave.
- Contact a skilled personal injury attorney. An attorney may be able to obtain further evidence, including security footage and police reports.
- Make sure to file your personal injury claim on time. In Pennsylvania, you will typically have two years from the date of the accident to file your claim.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, contact our firm today to discuss your case.
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