Churchill Truck Accident Lawyers
Accidents involving heavy trucks in Pennsylvania reached the highest level since 2014, according to the Department of Transportation. In 2018, 7,336 truck crashes were reported in the state, and 118 of these resulted in fatalities.
Pittsburgh Injury Attorneys – Chaffin Luhana
Collisions involving 18-wheelers and tractor-trailers can often be avoided if safety rules and regulations are followed. At Chaffin Luhana, we have 85+ years of combined experience handling these claims, as well as the resources to bring negligent parties to justice.
After being injured in a truck accident, you’re likely facing a magnitude of expenses and other losses. While your insurance may cover some of the costs, how do you protect your rights to fair monetary damages?
By consulting a qualified personal injury lawyer from our firm.
Put our knowledge and winning track record to work for you. Our Churchill truck accident lawyers represent injury victims throughout the greater Pittsburgh and Ohio River Valley region.
18-wheeler accidents caused by vehicle failures
To ensure all negligent parties are held responsible for your medical bills, lost income, and property damage, you need to partner with a reputable Pittsburgh truck accident attorney.
Our legal team will investigate the accident and determine if human error, traffic safety violations, improper loading, or vehicle failure was a factor. The majority of vehicle failure accidents are related to brakes, tires and wheels, trailer hitches, power train failure, and unsecured trailers.
Why tractor-trailers are so dangerous
Drivers of large commercial trucks, including semi’s, big rigs, and tractor trailers, require special training to operate their vehicles safely. Unlike passenger cars that have two blind spots, 18-wheelers have four blind spots known as “No Zones.”
These blind spots, located at the front, rear, and sides of the truck, are so large that smaller cars almost disappear from view.
The largest and most hazardous “No Zone” angles out from the truck’s right side. It spans nearly a full highway lane. Driving in any of these blind spots increases the risk of being sideswiped by an 18-wheeler– whose driver can’t see you.
Keep in mind that tractor-trailers are not equipped with rear-view mirrors. This means that truckers must rely on their side mirrors to confirm surrounding vehicles. If you are merging into traffic or want to pass, the best rule of thumb is to make sure you can spot the truck driver’s face in their side mirror.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a fully-loaded 18-wheeler traveling at normal highway speeds requires extra time and distance to come to a full stop. On good roads, this can be up to two football fields in distance after applying the brakes.
Slippery conditions caused by snow, ice or rain will increase the stopping distance.
When a truck driver is speeding, following too closely, or has to apply the brakes suddenly, it’s easy to see how devastating accidents could result.
Our team of Churchill truck accident lawyers can help
If you were injured in a truck accident and need expert guidance navigating the legal process, we are available 24/7. Reach out today to schedule a free case evaluation with an experienced Pittsburgh truck accident lawyer who can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
We work on a contingency-fee-basis, and go the extra mile to help clients maximize the value of their injury claims.