Many people in Pennsylvania rely on commercial vehicle services such as buses, trains and taxis. For some, this is because they cannot afford to run a car, while others may simply choose not to. In some cases, people cannot drive due to health issues or disabilities. Whatever the case, the state’s infrastructure relies on these vehicles. However, their prevalence on the roads also means that they all too often become involved in accidents.
Commercial drivers have a duty of care to their passengers, and even those who drive commercial vehicles that do not take passengers are generally held to a higher standard than other road users. However, it is a sad fact that many still disregard the rules of the road, driving while fatigued, distracted or even intoxicated. Unfortunately, innocent people are often the ones who pay the price for this negligence.
Do not be afraid to report a dangerous commercial driver, even if you are not hurt. By raising awareness of their behavior, you may be able to help prevent a future accident. Similarly, if you are harmed in any way, however minor, do not be deterred by the thought that it may not be worth complaining. You deserve to feel safe on the roads and unsafe drivers need to be made aware of their mistakes.
If the actions of a commercial driver have led to you or a loved one being injured, you might want to consider seeking compensation. While it may seem like a huge hassle when you are recovering from the shock and stress of an accident, a successful claim could relieve some of the financial burden of your experience. Our page on road accidents has more detailed information on the options that may be available to you. An attorney might also be able to offer valuable advice and guide you through the legal process.