Road safety regulations are continually changing and being upgraded to help protect all drivers and to make the roads a safer place. Out of all drivers, truck drivers are required to act more responsibly and ensure they are fulfilling all the various rules laid out to them by the government. If truck drivers do not take the necessary precautions and they get into an accident they can be penalized for their inability to follow the rules. Truck drivers put everyone around them at serious risk when they take shortcuts and don’t follow state regulations properly.
If a truck driver acted negligently, the victim of the collision should connect with a truck accident attorney as soon as possible so they can receive proper compensation for all the harm they suffered at their hands.
Some examples of truck driver negligence include:
- Truck driver fatigue
- Breaking traffic violations
- Improper truck design
- Faulty maintenance
In many cases, the trucking company will be liable alongside the truck driver. For instance, if a truck driver falls asleep behind the wheel and this causes the accident, both the truck driver and the trucking company may be liable. The truck driver is liable because they operated their vehicle when they were not in the correct mental and physical state to do it. The trucking company will be investigated and if they forced the driver to operate their vehicle or they did not remain up to date with the hours of service completed then the company can be compelled to pay compensation as well.
What Damages Can Be Claimed After a Truck Accident in Philadelphia?
When a person gets into a truck accident, they can claim certain damages to help them recover from the harm they suffered. They will be able to claim monetary compensation for their medical bills and expenses. They can also claim compensation for lost wages or diminished earning capacity if their injuries affected their ability to work.
Furthermore, they may be able to claim damages for their noneconomic losses such as the pain and suffering they were put through due to the negligence of the truck driver. In Pennsylvania, a modified comparative fault model is used to determine liability after an accident. If a person is more than 50% at fault for the collision, they will likely not be able to collect any damages for the harm they suffered, however, every case is different.
Get in touch with a truck accident lawyer at Philly Law to learn more about one’s legal rights after getting into such a large-scale collision.
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