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System flaws may increase likelihood of a truck accident

These blogs are posted on behalf of Seidel, Cohen, Hof & Reid, LLC, and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the firm or its attorneys. The information presented in this blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice.

Pennsylvania drivers that have ever traveled a busy interstate can vouch for the fact that there are always large trucks whizzing by with the regular traffic. While many truck drivers go out of their way to make safety a priority, some drive in a dangerous manner that increases the risk of a truck accident. Unfortunately, it has come to light that when a truck accident happens, it is often the responsibility of the driver involved to report any pending charges to his or her employer. 

Recently, a truck driver was found to be at fault for an accident that resulted in the death of another driver. He was charged with the death but failed to report the pending legal action to his employer. He was allowed to continue working as usual. 

Before the case was adjudicated, the driver became the cause of yet another fatal accident that killed a mother of two. Though he was found guilty in the original case and his license was taken away, it was still technically valid when he killed the woman. Even if his employer has checked to ensure that his license was still good, they would have seen that it was still valid and likely thought nothing of it. 

When a Pennsylvania resident becomes the victim in a truck accident, he or she may feel particularly wronged. Especially in a case like this where a driver was already a known danger, a victim may want to seek justice in a court of law. If a victim is deceased, the executor of his or her estate can hire an experienced attorney to take up the fight in a court of law, and that person will receive assistance collecting any damages or compensation to which the victim's estate may be entitled.

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