With more than 1.5 million people residing in Philadelphia, it is not surprising that countless trucks need to come to the city to serve the needs of our residents. With the huge volume of trucks, it is inevitable that accidents will occur. The Lassen Law Firm, Philadelphia personal injury attorneys, handles all car, truck and tractor trailer accidents in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania at the reduced contingency fee of only 29%, not the standard 40-45% like the other firms.
We all are well aware that the trucking industry is an enormous resource for Pennsylvania's economy, bringing in almost 25 billion dollars each year to the state. The residents of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania count on the trucking industry to deliver food, alcohol, clothes and numerous other types of consumer products.
Currently, in 2017, there are about 3.5 million trucks and tractor trailers in operation on the nation's roads which travel countless miles transporting consumer goods across the country and through Pennsylvania. If we didn't have these trucks, Pennsylvania and our great nation wouldn't run smoothly. However, not a single day goes by, when there aren't several truck and tractor trailer accidents in Pennsylvania.
The main reason for so many accidents in Pennsylvania is that trucking companies subject their drivers to tight and usually unattainable delivery schedules. We have all driven on Pennsylvania roads and highways and have experienced these trucks traveling at high rates of speed, and frankly, it has become increasingly scary to drive on the same roads with these vehicles.
Due to the high cost of gasoline, trucking companies are forcing their truck drivers to make more deliveries each day, and consequently, to log more miles than ever before. These truck and tractor trailer drivers struggle to cope with driver fatigue, and many resort to taking drugs so they can stay awake for days at a time. Although truck driver fatigue and rampant drug use among truckers are major factors with respect to the occurrence of truck and tractor trailer accidents in Pennsylvania, there are numerous other factors including alcohol use and texting while driving which also contribute to the high number of truck accidents.
Another leading cause of truck and tractor trailer accidents in Pennsylvania is the improper maintenance of these trucks by the trucking companies which own them. All too often, our law firm finds out that the brakes were worn out or the tires were bald, which caused these truck and tractor trailers to fail to stop and to collide with the cars in front of them.
Although there are countless other causes of truck and tractor accidents in Philadelphia and in Pennsylvania, this article has touched on the most prevalent ones. Unfortunately, there is not much our firm can do to prevent these accidents, however, the Lassen Law Firm can fight to ensure that victims of a serious tractor trailer truck accident in Philadelphia get the maximum amount of compensation available under Pennsylvania law.