Truck Accident Lawyer Philadelphia
Large trucks are present throughout the roadways, helping to transport a vast amount of products and byproducts across the country. The increase in the use of the trucking industry in the United States has lead to commercial motor vehicles (CMV) sharing the roadways with much smaller vehicles, sometimes with devastating effects. While most of the time CMV and their drivers are able to co-exist with motorists, truck accidents are still very prevalent, often resulting in serious long lasting physical injuries and fatalities for the motorist involved. A Philadelphia truck accident lawyer at Rosenbaum & Associates is well versed in the industry regulations, relevant Pennsylvania and New Jersey state laws, and trucking insurance loopholes. If you have been involved in an accident with a large truck or have lost a loved one finding the best representation is vital to ensure that you receive the just compensation for your injuries and medical expenses.
History of the Trucking Industry
The trucking industry in the United States has vastly grown post World War I, with commercial freight activity overwhelmingly surpassing traditional means of transport, such as rail, water, and pipeline. Growth in the industry is only projected to further expand as more and more industries rely on trucks to transport both raw materials and finished goods across the country. Currently trucks transport goods for retail stores, hospitals, grocery stores, banks, gas stations, and construction sites, just to name a few. The impact of the trucking industry in the United States economy is expressed in the industry adage, “If you bought it, a truck brought it.” According to the American Trucking Associations’ April edition newsletter entitled, “Latest Edition of ATA American Trucking Trends Shows Industry’s Strength,” in 2011 trucks moved $603.9 billion in freight- more than 80% of all freight transportation revenue. In 2007 alone more than 92% of prepared foods were moved by truck. Trucks are an integral part of our economy and a well regulated industry.
An agency division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates almost all aspects of the trucking industry. Furthermore, each individual state regulates commercial trucking vehicles. For example in New Jersey a law is in place where trucks are not allowed to drive in the left hand lane, whereas in Pennsylvania there is no limit to which lane a truck may drive in. The FMCSA, regulates how many hours a truck driver can legally drive daily, weekly, and monthly. The Federal Highway Administration has established a 0.04% blood alcohol concentration level for all CMV (commercial motor vehicle) drivers, 0.04% lower than non-truck drivers in Pennsylvania whose BAC is 0.08%. The sheer size and potential impact of a truck involved in a motor vehicle accident can have devastation and often fatal results for motorists.
Despite the trucking industry’s regulations, fatal car crashes on major road ways is still common. In 2010, 3,675 people were killed in large truck fatal crashes with nearly another 80,000 people injured in car crashes involving a large truck. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Analysis Division sites five driver-related factors for large trucks fatalities;
- Excessive speeding
- Distraction and or inattention while driving
- Failure to stay in the proper lane
- Vision obstruction
- Failure to yield right-of-way
Recent legislative changes has helped to curb driver fatigue as a major factor in fatal truck crashes. Despite changes both within the industry and legislative changes to the industry, there is no accounting for adverse weather conditions. Nearly 14% of all fatal and nonfatal crashes involving large trucks occurred during inclement weather, particularly rain. Frequent truck related injuries to motorists include, internal bleeding, broken bones, head and neck trauma, scars and disfigurement, as well as, spinal cord injuries. The compounding medical bills from a trucking accident alone can be overwhelming. That is why finding a Philadelphia truck accident lawyer quickly after a trucking accident is vital to help get you and your family back to where you were before the injury occurred.
Experienced Philadelphia Truck Accident Attorney
Jeff Rosenbaum is an experienced Philadelphia truck accident attorney and founder of Rosenbaum & Associates. He understands the severe consequences that come from an accident involving trucks on the road. If you would like more information please contact us online or call 1 800 7 LEGAL 7 for a Free Case Evaluation.