Pennsylvania – November 18, 2020

Big truck collisions.

Collisions between 18 wheelers and passenger vehicles are widespread.  In 2017, 4,657 fatal crashes involving large trucks occurred in the United States, yielding high levels of damage to property, physical injuries, and fatalities. One government study revealed that driver fatigue played a large part in 31% of the cases causing death. Contact an experienced truck accident attorney to assist in a wrongful death legal action when truck driver fatigue is suspected.

Support documentation.

Negligence will need to be proven by an accident attorney for a successful settlement, supported by a degree of fault exhibited by a truck driver that led to catastrophic injury, property damage, or wrongful death. Documentation associated with commercial trucking companies can support a claim of negligence caused by driving while fatigued.  Support documentation may include electronic time logs, cell phone information, truck inspection trip reports, GPS information, logbooks, and other documents that include time stamps such as bills of lading, or other receipts.

Regulations and insurance.

There are state and federal regulations that require tractor-trailer trucks to be inspected and maintained on a regular basis.  Drivers of trucks have imposed hourly restrictions, and size and weight limits based upon cargo are logged and weighed on highways.  Federal regulations require tractor-trailer trucks to carry various levels of insurance coverage, based on the transported cargo. The state of Pennsylvania requires a tractor trailer truck to carry a much higher minimum liability insurance policy than a typical automobile.

Pennsylvania utilizes the 51% rule, whereby an injured person can be up to 50% responsible for an accident and still collect damages in a Pennsylvania personal injury claim. Pennsylvania drivers should always call the police when an injury or fatality occurs, the vehicle cannot move, a driver has no insurance, a driver leaves the scene, or a driver is operating vehicle under the influence..


Common violations of Pennsylvania trucking rules include:

  1. Improper Maintenance
  2. Driver Fatigue
  3. Distracted Drivers
  4. Commercial Company Negligence
  5. Unsecured Loads
  6. Driving in Extreme Weather


Individuals who have been involved in an accident with a truck that causes lost wages, unexpected medical bills, property replacement, physical pain, negative change in lifestyle, or wrongful death to a loved one based on negligence, are entitled to compensation.

Hire an attorney.

Contact a professional experienced accident attorney for a consultation, as they can research specific case facts and interpret trucking regulations, state, and federal law to support a case’s best outcome toward compensation for damages and injuries caused by the truck accident. Scanlon & Wojton will fight for an accident victim’s rights and are familiar with trucking industry regulations that will impact a case outcome.

Scanlon & Wojton, Attorneys at Law

The Mitchell Building
304 Ross Street, Suite 510
Pittsburgh, Pa 15219

Phone:  (412) 918-1241

Fax: (412) 235-7275




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