Commercial vehicles are vehicles that carry goods, such as food, furniture, and garbage, or paid customers. Accidents with commercial vehicles can often be the most devastating and severe vehicle accidents that can occur. Commercial vehicles, such as school buses, delivery trucks, or trains can cause serious and sometimes life altering injuries for their victims, and suffering an injury in a commercial vehicle crash often leads to significant emotional, financial, and physical hurdles to overcome. Unfortunately, money can be one of the biggest challenges after an accident due to extensive time off of work to recover, mounting medical bills, and long-term rehabilitation. If another person’s negligence caused you or your loved one to face such difficulty following a commercial vehicle accident, experienced legal council may be beneficial to help you rebuild your life. At Reiff & Bily, we know how to hold commercial drivers and transportation companies accountable for serious injury accidents. It’s important to us to provide accident survivors and their families with information regarding their legal rights and options. If you have been injured in a Philadelphia commercial vehicle accident, you deserve effective legal action. Our nationally recognized trial lawyers have over three and a half decades of experience helping people who may have been in a similar situation to your own and strive to help our clients and their families obtain compensation for their significant losses. If you or someone you love has been injured in a commercial vehicle accident, call (800) 861-6708 today for a free consultation.
Filing a Personal Injury ClaimCommercial vehicles tend to be much larger and heavier than normal passenger vehicles and include:
- Delivery trucks, such as UPS and FedEx
- Cargo vans
- Garbage trucks
- Food and beverage trucks
Regulation Regarding Hours of ServiceAn overworked driver is one of the more common causes of commercial vehicle accidents. Motorists who work for long hours without proper rest and breaks are more likely to lose focus, feel drowsy, and drift from their lane of traffic. Each accident is unique and fact specific, but laws are in place that strive to decrease driver fatigue. Federal laws limit the number of hours that a commercial driver can work consecutively without rest. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires that property-carrying commercial drivers only operate their vehicles for 11 hours after 10 hours of consecutive time off duty. Passenger-carrying commercial drivers may only work for 10 hours after eight consecutive hours off duty. Both property-carrying and passenger-carrying commercial drivers may not drive after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days.
Damages Sustained by VictimsDrivers and passengers in small vehicles who are crushed by commercial vehicles can suffer devastating injuries, including:
- bone fractures
- traumatic brain injuries
- spinal cord trauma
- burn injuries
Contact the Attorneys at Reiff & Bily for Your Commercial Vehicle Accident ClaimThere is no excuse for careless and reckless behavior. Commercial motorists who drive while impaired, fatigued, or distracted should be held accountable for their negligence. If you have been injured by a negligent commercial driver, the experienced Philadelphia commercial vehicle and car accident attorneys at Reiff & Bily are here to help. If you or someone you loved has been injured in a commercial vehicle accident, please call us at (800) 861-6708, or contact us online for a no-cost and private consultation.
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