Truck Driver Negligence

Any accident involving a truck or tractor-trailer is likely to cause catastrophic property damage and serious injury or death. That is why the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has so many strict regulations governing the hiring, licensing and ongoing training of professional over-the-road truck drivers. Violation of these rules may be an indication of negligence on the part of a driver.

Pittsburgh Truck Driver Negligence Lawyer

Unfortunately, trucks are involved in accidents every day of every year, and it is almost always the driver of the automobile, not the trucker, who suffers. Although mechanical problems and equipment failure are sometimes the cause of a truck accident, truck driver negligence is more common.

In fact, the ways in which drivers become distracted or otherwise become careless has increased with cellphones, texting and other activities. Here are some common forms of negligence:

  • Speeding
  • Driving too fast for conditions
  • Unsafe operation under the conditions of weather, visibility or grade
  • Reckless driving
  • Illegal lane changes
  • Illegal stops, improper emergency procedures
  • Truck driver fatigue from driving too long
  • Truck driver DUI, drug and alcohol use
  • Tailgating
  • Operating a truck in a defective condition
  • Failing to yield the right of way

Talk to an attorney at Caroselli, Beachler & Coleman, L.L.C., about your accident and possible legal action to obtain financial compensation.

Contact a Philadelphia trucker inattention attorney at Caroselli, Beachler & Coleman, L.L.C., by calling 412-567-1232 in Pittsburgh or Western Pennsylvania, or toll free at 866-466-5789. You may also complete our online contact form. Initial consultations are free and confidential, and cases are reviewed free of charge.