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Unsecure cargo and overloaded cargo cause truck accidents in Pa.

Yes, there are laws on the federal, state, and locally to govern the weight of commercial vehicles, i.e. trucks and big rigs. However, these laws are difficult to enforce and are not such a deterrent to prevent overloading which in turns helps to prevent accidents.

Trucking companies overload trucks because time is money. The fewer the trips made, the higher the cost of fuel, and the pressure to meet a tight schedule are all reasons why trucking companies overload cargo.

It might seem like a good idea initially but over the long haul and the life of the truck, overloading cargo shortens the lifespan of the transmission as well as the tires and makes each journey riskier regarding braking and controlling the vehicle. Not only does the trucking company put the driver at risk but every other car, vehicle, and passengers on the road and damage to the load.

Loose cargo that falls off of a big rig can cause traffic problems and other people could be hurt or killed, especially during a quick stop or crash.
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Transporting lumber is essential for the lumber and construction industries and for the employees and customers who depend on those industries. However, the transportation of lumber via lumber trucks can be dangerous and precautions should be taken by trucking companies and drivers to prevent lumber truck fatalities.

3 Causes of Lumber Truck Fatalities

There are many potential causes of lumber truck fatalities just as there are many potential causes of deaths in the broader trucking industry. However, motorists who share the road with lumber trucks should be aware of:

Large trucks are inherently dangerous on the road due to their crushing size and weight in comparison to smaller vehicles, as well their limited maneuverability when fast action is necessary. Add to this equation a larger load than the truck is meant to carry and it becomes increasingly treacherous.

The rules for how much a large commercial truck can weigh and all other Pennsylvania tractor trailer regulations are determined by the Freight Management and Operations arm of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Not only do the laws mandate the total weight of a truck, but they stipulate how that weight must be allotted within the vehicle.

FHWA Rules for Total Maximum Permissible Commercial Truck Weight

  • Maximum weight: less than 80,000 pounds
  • For single axle commercial vehicles: 20,000 pounds
  • For a tandem axle: 34,000 pounds
  • Total maximum weight for each wheel load’s distribution is decided based on 620 pounds for every lateral inch of tire girth in combination with the specs issued by the manufacturer of the tire

Operating a motor vehicle while impaired by any substance is both illegal and dangerous under any circumstances. But when the driver is maneuvering a large commercial truck, often at high speeds, the stakes are raised in an already deadly situation.

Tragically, these occurrences still take place, regardless of stringent federal laws mandating substance use for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. All truck drivers who possess a commercial driver license (CDL) and drive CMVs on municipal roadways are subject to alcohol and drug tests by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), as reported by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). CDL drivers are subject to the following tests:

  • Pre-employment

anapoltruck_9557999.jpgDue to rigorous, and sometimes impractical, production deadlines, long hall and highway truck drivers may be tempted to operate vehicles without sufficient rest or sleep for prolonged intervals in order to make a delivery on schedule.

As a result, truckers who drive while fatigued are significantly less able to operate their large vehicles safely, which greatly increases the risk and incidence of accidents and jeopardizes the safety of all motorists on the highway.

To combat and reduce the number of big rig accidents caused by truck driver fatigue, The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) established Hours-of-Service (HOS) rules, which all commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers must comply.

The Safe Highways and Infrastructure Preservation Act (SHIPA) is legislation that restricts the size and weight of trucks traveling on U.S. highways. When trucks are overloaded, there is the potential for road damage and an increased chance of the vehicle veering out of control. An out-of-control truck can not only cause significant damage to property, but also catastrophic injuries and fatalities. Anyone injured in a Pennsylvania truck accident would be well-advised to speak with a skilled attorney who understands the rules and regulations that every trucking company and truck driver must follow.

Under H.R. 1574 Safe Highways and Infrastructure Preservation Act, no vehicle longer than 53 feet will be allowed to operate on the National Highway System. This new bill will also reduce each state’s ability to allow large and heavy trucks on their roadways. The damage that these large trucks can do to the roadways puts every motorist at risk. Oversized and overloaded trucks have a greater chance of causing uneven surfaces and potholes and they are much more difficult to operate than normal size tractor-trailers.

When a shipping company, truck owner, or truck driver bends the rules and regulations and their negligence results in an injury accident, they may be held liable for the damages suffered by the victim. Injured victims of truck crash in Pennsylvania may pursue financial compensation for damages including medical bills, past and future suffering, and lost wages.

PennLive.com reports that a 24-year-old male Northern York County police officer from Harrisburg, PA, was seriously injured in a truck accident on Interstate 83 on Monday morning, April 18, when he rear-ended a truck and then was rear-ended by a big rig.

According to the article, the officer was transporting a 22-year-old male DUI suspect to a local hospital for blood testing when he rear-ended a box truck close to the Locust Lane overpass in Manchester Township, PA, at approximately 2:30 a.m. About one minute later, the police cruiser was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler whose driver did not see the box truck and police cruiser accident. The cruiser was pushed underneath the box truck, trapping both the officer and the suspect inside. Both men were taken to a local hospital and were reported to have sustained serious injuries in the Pennsylvania truck crash. Neither the driver of the box truck nor the 18-wheeler was injured in the collision. At the time the article was written, the police officer remained at the hospital for treatment of his injuries. The truck accident is under investigation by Pennsylvania state police.

In Pennsylvania, there are many reasons why a big rig accident can occur. One of the most common reasons is that many truck operators drive while fatigued, which often happens if they are rushing to meet a tight delivery deadline and have been driving for a long period of time without intermission. While there are Pennsylvania big rig regulations in place that limit the number of hours a truck operator can drive cumulatively, oftentimes these rules are broken, putting all motorists on the road at risk of an accident.

The driver of a semi-truck was killed in an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike when he lost control of the vehicle and hit a wall, which caused the truck to catch fire. The crash happened in Bordenton Township at about 3:00 on September 15th, according to a report from ABC 6. There were no other vehicles involved.

While it is unclear as to what caused the truck driver to lose control, an investigation will be able to determine whether or not the truck accident occurred due to driver error, speeding, dangerous road conditions, a defective or faulty truck component, or a plethora of other possibilities. It is the responsibility of trucking companies to ensure that the trucks operated by their drivers are properly maintained and free of defects that could lead to potentially deadly accidents like this one. If it is found that negligence of the trucking company, the municipal agency, the truck manufacturer or another party contributed to this fatal trucking accident, the family of the wrongful death victim may be able to hold that party liable.

If you or a loved one has been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a Pennsylvania trucking accident due to someone else’s negligence, you deserve to know your rights. The experienced Philadelphia injury attorneys at Anapol Weiss have handled a wide array of truck accident wrongful death cases and have the resources necessary to hold negligent parties responsible. While no amount of monetary compensation will bring a loved one back, it can help lift the burden of funeral expenses, pain and suffering, loss of wages, loss of consortium and other damages. Contact the Pennsylvania truck accident attorneys at Anapol Weiss at (866) 735-2792 for a free consultation of your case.

A motorist ran out of gas on Tuesday, September 14th in the center lane of Route 287 and was then rear-ended by a tractor-trailer, according to an article on NorthJersey.com. The accident occurred near the NY state border at around 6:30pm. When the tractor-trailer struck the vehicle, it sent the car into the center guardrail. Additionally, the large truck struck the guardrail and then a pole which split the gas tank and leaked nearly 50 gallons of fuel. The truck’s cargo, which consisted of 300-pound rolls of paper rolled out onto the highway. Both the driver of the truck and the passenger vehicle sustained non-life threatening injuries.

It is the responsibility of all motorists to obey all traffic rules and pay attention while driving. It is especially important for truck drivers to pay close attention to their surroundings since it takes a truck longer to stop. It is unclear as to why the truck driver in this particular accident was unable to avoid the crash. Investigators may check to see if alcohol or fatigue played a role in causing the New Jersey tractor trailer accident. If it is found that some form of negligence on the part of the truck driver contributed to the crash, the woman in the passenger car may be able to seek compensation for damages.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, the experienced Pennsylvania truck crash attorneys at Anapol Weiss can help. Our lawyers have the skill and tenacity to successfully handle personal injury cases and have garnered millions of dollars in verdicts for clients. Injured individuals have valid legal rights and should not have to fight insurance companies alone. At Anapol Weiss, we will ensure that your rights are never violated and will work hard to earn you the compensation you deserve. For more information, call 1(866) 735-2792 today.

Many Americans hit the road during the summer holidays, taking a car trip to visit family and friends or to tour a new part of the country. Inevitably, taking the highway means sharing the road with large trucks. Although not every truck accident in Harrisburg can be prevented, motorists can help protect themselves and their families by practicing these top three safe-driving tips.

  • Stay out of the driver’s blind spots. Because tractor-trailers are so large, a truck driver’s “blind spots” are significantly larger than those experienced by the driver of a passenger car. Particularly bad spots to avoid include directly behind the truck, alongside the left and right sides, and directly in front of the truck. If you are passing a truck, do so quickly and leave plenty of space between your car and the truck when you pull into the lane ahead of the truck. Remember that if you cannot see the driver or the truck’s mirrors, the driver cannot see you.
  • Avoid swerving or cutting in front of a truck. Large trucks need significantly more space than cars to stop. An 80,000-pound tractor-trailer traveling at 45 mph needs almost 300 feet – the length of a football field – to stop completely. Stay aware of the road ahead and leave ample space between you and any trucks behind you.
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