Frequently Asked Truck Accident Questions

Written by Michael Monheit, Esquire, Monheit Law, PC

Whatísrepparttar difference between truck accidents and other vehicle accidents?

Althoughrepparttar 119254 same laws of negligence apply, there are special Vehicle Code sections that apply only to commercial truck drivers and trucking companies. Truck drivers also have special licensing and training requirements which generally make truck accidents harder to defend but easier forrepparttar 119255 plaintiffs to win.


How do I deal with trucking companies or their insurance carriers after a truck accident?

The first thing you should do is consult with an expert truck accident attorney. The last thing you want to do is your own negotiation with a trucking company about your trucking accident. Most trucking companies are highly skilled at truck accident investigation and claims. Anything you say or sign may be held against you further downrepparttar 119256 road. For a NO-OBLIGATION, free consultation with an expert truck accident lawyer attorney, click here.


Who can sue in a truck accident injury or death case?

Anyone who is injured or has had a loved one killed in a truck accident can sue as long as some other person or entity is at fault forrepparttar 119257 accident. This includes adults and children (who can sue through guardians or parents); and even truck drivers if another person or entity was at fault forrepparttar 119258 accident.


Who can be sued in a truck accident case?

Any person or entity who was at fault for causingrepparttar 119259 truck accident can be sued includingrepparttar 119260 truck driver andrepparttar 119261 trucking company,repparttar 119262 owner ofrepparttar 119263 trailer,repparttar 119264 shipper, as well as any other driver, person or entity who contributed torepparttar 119265 accident, such asrepparttar 119266 manufacturer of one ofrepparttar 119267 vehicles involved inrepparttar 119268 accident,repparttar 119269 manufacturer of a tire that contributed torepparttar 119270 accident orrepparttar 119271 owner of any public or private property whose negligence contributed torepparttar 119272 accident.


My accident occurred in New Jersey but I live in Pennsylvania. Should I hire a Pennsylvania truck accident lawyer or a New Jersey truck accident lawyer?

Thatís a good question. A prominent truck accident law firm will have co-counsel in several states. Your case can be filed where you live or whererepparttar 119273 trucking company is incorporated; whererepparttar 119274 trucking company does business; or whererepparttar 119275 trucking accident happened.

Types of Truck Accidents

Written by Michael Monheit, Esquire, Monheit Law, PC

Here arerepparttar most common types of truck accidents:


Truck Brakes Malfunction

Heavy trucks use air brakes exclusively: Most are drum-like units. Air entersrepparttar 119253 chamber whenrepparttar 119254 brakes are applied,repparttar 119255 push rod moves out turningrepparttar 119256 slack adjuster which rotatesrepparttar 119257 S-cam and forcesrepparttar 119258 shoes intorepparttar 119259 drum.

Brakes are a heat engine, they convert kinetic energy or motion into thermal energy or heat. Suppose a 400-horsepower engine grosses out at 80,000 pounds. The engine can probably get up to 40 mph in 1/4 mile or 1,320 feet. The brakes should be able to stop in about 133 feet with this speed and weight.

A full stop from 60 mph might raiserepparttar 119260 drum temperatures to 600 degrees F. This is aboutrepparttar 119261 limit for safe operation. Ifrepparttar 119262 brakes aren't right orrepparttar 119263 load is not distributed properly, then some drums might go up to 800-1,000 degrees F. The drum will increase in diameter asrepparttar 119264 temperature rises. This is definitely dangerous forrepparttar 119265 truck driver andrepparttar 119266 passenger vehicles aroundrepparttar 119267 truck. Downhill Break Failure

Some truck drivers don't understandrepparttar 119268 severe demands put onrepparttar 119269 brakes by long downhill runs. Brakes had better be right used withrepparttar 119270 correct braking technique for optimum safety torepparttar 119271 bottom. In recent years there had been erroneous information about how to brake on long down hills. It was wrongly suggested that a continuous application ofrepparttar 119272 brakes wasrepparttar 119273 preferred method. However, that is incorrect. Intermittent application or whatrepparttar 119274 trucking industry refers to as snubbing isrepparttar 119275 preferred method.

The key is notrepparttar 119276 speed drop; this will depend on weight, grade, and other factors. The key is air pressure --repparttar 119277 application pressure should be high enough to get allrepparttar 119278 truck brakes working. In practice, unlessrepparttar 119279 brakes are in good condition, tractor-trailer balance is right, andrepparttar 119280 load is ideally located;repparttar 119281 continuous application ofrepparttar 119282 brakes is likely to result in uneven drum and lining temperatures and problems before you get torepparttar 119283 bottom ofrepparttar 119284 hill.

Downhill break failure can be prevented when allrepparttar 119285 brakes are working some ofrepparttar 119286 time instead of some ofrepparttar 119287 brakes working allrepparttar 119288 time. The application pressure must be high enough to ensure that all brake chambers apply and that all linings make solid contact withrepparttar 119289 drums - about 20 psi or higher.

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