Speeding Trucks Put Others at Risk
When commercial truck drivers are in a rush to get to their final destination, many of them speed. In some instances, there are even financial incentives for some drivers to deliver cargo as quickly as possible. But when truck drivers are speeding they create more risk for themselves and others on the road, particularly in hazardous weather conditions or on roads with sharp turns.
If you have been in an accident with a large speeding truck and have suffered injuries, it is likely you are entitled to compensation. Bucks County personal injury lawyers experienced in large semi-truck accidents can assist you in filing a truck accident claim.
Commercial Trucks and Speed Limits
In the United States, each state sets speed limit regulations for cars and trucks. In many states, but not all, the truck speed limit is lower and applies only to commercial motor vehicles. For example, buses and heavy trucks would have to adhere to the specific speed limit that differs from that of an individual passenger vehicle. In New Jersey, the speed limit for commercial trucks is slower than the speeds allowed in Pennsylvania. Increased speed can lead to accidents.
Truck drivers who are driving at reckless speeds create risks for others on the roadway. When a heavy truck impacts a smaller vehicle, there is the likelihood of the passenger vehicle turning over, spinning around, or making an impact with other vehicles. Serious injuries can result when a truck driver is driving aggressively and speeding.
Identifying Aggressive Truck Drivers
When you notice aggressive truck drivers on the road, the best strategy is to avoid any confrontation and to keep your car away from their truck.
Signs a truck driver is aggressively driving:
- Driving over the speed limit or too fast for bad weather conditions.
- Tailgating other cars and trucks on the road.
- Flashing high beams and honking their horns in an effort to have the road clear for speeding.
- Operating the truck in other ways that appear dangerous.
Filing a Claim Against a Truck Driver or Trucking Company
When deciding to file a claim, keep in mind that you and your car accident attorney will need to prove the truck driver was negligent. If the driver had a record of speeding and reckless driving, you may be able to file a claim against the trucking company. In those cases, the trucking company was negligent in hiring or retention of a dangerous truck driver.
Compensation could be recovered for expenses incurred for medical treatment, any earning loss due to accident injuries, and mental suffering and distress.
Talk to an Experienced Bucks County Truck Accident Lawyer
If you have been in a motor collision that was caused by a speeding truck driver, you need to speak with a knowledgeable lawyer. The personal injury attorneys at Kardos, Rickles & Hand will work with you for the best possible outcome, whether that is through filing a claim against the negligent truck driver or the trucking company itself. Schedule your free consultation today, call (215) 968-6602.