Since 1958, The Beasley Firm has fought to ensure people injured or killed by commercial truck drivers’ negligence received full and fair compensation for the physical, emotional, and financial injuries they suffered. We have successfully obtained settlements and jury verdicts for victims of tractor-trailer (also known as big rig or semi trucks) accidents, garbage truck accidents, dump truck accidents, and bus accidents, including recently a $3.5 million settlement for the estate of a young woman killed in Pennsylvania by a tractor-trailer and a $1.6 million settlement for the estate of man killed almost instantly in New Jersey by a dump truck rear-ending his vehicle.
Truck Crash Causes and Consequences
When smaller vehicles are involved in accidents with large trucks, the disproportionate weight and size of the vehicles often lead to occupants of the smaller vehicle suffering serious injury or death. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) estimated a total of 341,000 large truck and bus accidents in 2009 alone. There can be many factors, short or long-term, that contribute to an accident, such as:
- Truck driver fatigue
- Driver recognition (inattentive or distracted driver, cell phone use)
- Speeding, or bad maneuvering (poor surveillance, misjudging other vehicles speed)
- Alcohol or Prescription Drug Use
- Faulty Brakes
- Poor weather/roadway conditions
- Tire Problems
- Vehicle Maintenance
- Unsecured Load
The truck accident lawyers at The Beasley Firm have experience in every aspect of commercial accident investigation and litigation, from performing expert accident reconstructions, to preserving “black box” data, to working with police, state highway, and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators to ensure no stone is left unturned in the civil and criminal investigations. We know the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) inside and out, and know how to use forensic data to prove violations of the hours-of-service regulations, even where the truck driver has falsified their logbook.
Truck Driver Fatigue
One of the greatest risks to motorists on Pennsylvania highways and noted to be the number one safety problem in the trucking industry today, and a factor in 40% of all trucking crashes nationwide, is known as truck driver fatigue. Greedy profit driven motives of trucking companies have made truck driver fatigue a largely unregulated problem resulting in the catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths of thousands of innocent and unknowing individuals each year. Truck drivers are only allowed to drive their vehicles for a set number of hours. It is common for truck drivers to experience greater symptoms of fatigue while driving overnight. At the Beasley law firm, our investigations and accident reconstructions have clearly revealed that most truck accidents are caused by driver fatigue as well as improperly maintained trucks and truck parts.
Trucker Sleep Apnea Dangers
Another major problem and cause of injuries and death indicated in many truck crashes is sleep apnea. Research reveals a strong link between overweight truck drivers and sleep apnea. Statistics indicate that the truck crashes caused by sleep apnea kill more than 5,200 people each year and injure more than 100,000 individuals each year in the United States.
A blown tire can leave a truck driver without directional control of his/her vehicle, causing the driver to veer suddenly into other lanes of traffic. An out of control big rig can cause massive devestation, especially on a crowded freeway. These accidents are largely preventable, since tire manufacturers agree that most blowouts are the result of inadequate maintenance.
Our experienced truck accident lawyers at the Beasley law firm have handled many cases involving unsecured truckloads that either fly or fall off a truck and into the pathway of another vehicle. In one of our cases, a steel coil weighing approximately 8,000 pounds rolled off a flatbed truck traveling at a high rate of speed. This caused more than $200,000 worth of damage to the interstate highway before it rolled into the pathway of another vehicle and killed a woman.
Fighting Your Battles To Ensure You Receive Civil Justice
The Philadelphia-based Beasley trucking accident lawyers have successfully represented clients injured and family members of those killed by semi trucks, tractor-trailers, 18 wheelers, delivery trucks, and common carriers in Pennsylvania and throughout America for over five decades. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, please contact one of our experienced Pennsylvania truck accident attorneys through our online form, or toll free at (888) 823-5291.