Large trucks are a frequent sight on Pennsylvania roads. Not only are they on the roadways, they are sometimes on the news. Trucks are often involved in deadly and newsworthy accidents. Their large size can turn even a minor incident into a deadly accident scene. A rollover accident was recently the subject of a blog post on this blog. In that accident, a truck rolled over before hitting another car. In that accident, people were seriously injured.
Truck drivers are held to a different standard than people who drive cars. It is a higher standard and one that is heavily regulated. Federal trucking regulations must be adhered to by every driver in every state. As such, truck companies must comply with these regulations. In most cases, when a truck accident occurs, the principal-agent relationship is sometimes at play. Truck drivers can be agents of the companies that they work for, meaning that when a truck driver is involved in the accident, the truck company might be able to be sued in a court of law if the driver is found at fault. Now depending on the facts and circumstances of the accident and whether the driver was negligent or not, a trucking company may indemnify the driver where applicable.
Most people understand that winter driving conditions require special precautions. Pennsylvania drivers need to keep their eyes and their minds on the road in order to avoid serious accidents in the wind, snow and ice. By slowing down to account for the slippery conditions, Pennsylvania drivers can avoid injuries and disasters. However, some drivers fail to keep these precautions in mind. When these drivers are behind the wheel of a large truck, the results can be tragic.