Philadelphia Truck Accident Attorneys Committed to Personal Injury Cases Involving Large Trucks
18-wheelers and other commercial trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, so when they’re involved in a collision there can unsurprisingly be very serious injuries. Within the scope of personal injury law, these types of accident cases are much different than more typical car accidents. This is predominantly because commercial trucks must follow a variety of state and federal rules and guidelines that don’t necessarily apply to other motor vehicles.
When a passenger vehicle collides with a commercial truck, it can lead to very serious accidents. This can cause debilitating injuries that can potentially lead to a lifetime of rehabilitation and ongoing healthcare treatment. Putting it simply, the stakes are much too high and the legal parameters much too complicated for the average Philadelphia or Pennsylvania citizen to go into litigation without a skilled legal team with many years of experience handling these types of injury claims involving commercial vehicles.
It’s absolutely imperative that victims of accidents involving tractor-trailers retain a versatile Philadelphia truck accident attorney as soon as possible. A truck accident lawyer can help compile the necessary resources they’ll need to hold negligent drivers and trucking companies accountable for their subsequent injuries, medical bills/future medical treatment, property damage and other common damages associated with truck accident cases.
If you or a loved one were injured in an accident involving a commercial truck, then it’s crucial that you contact us for a free consultation. Call us at our Philadelphia phone number 215-914-6919 as soon as possible so we can begin a thorough case evaluation. Our legal team will review the facts of your tractor-trailer accident and start taking the necessary first steps towards obtaining your full and rightful compensation.
Common Causes of Commercial Truck Accidents
Trucking companies may encourage their semi-truck drivers to undergo unrealistic hours of service and deadlines, which subsequently leads to dangerous driving practices. This is a serious issue facing the commercial trucking industry. It’s rather obvious that the incentives to utilize these tactics are driven by the desire to maintain high-profit margins.
Greed may be at the heart of some of these devastating roadway collisions, but breaking FMCSA rules and regulations only exacerbates the likelihood of truck drivers making a mistake while behind the wheel. PennDOT provided a report stating that 145 innocent people lost their lives in accidents involving commercial trucks out of a total of 6,807 truck-related crashes in 2017. This is an issue that is continuously growing in terms of injuries, death, and subsequent litigation.
Some of the common factors associated with semi-truck accidents include the following:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Fatigued driving
- Inadequately maintenance trucks
- Speeding/Reckless driving
- Improperly secured cargo
- Overloaded cargo trailers
- Undertrained or unqualified drivers
- Defective equipment
- Dangerous roadways
- Unsafe tires
Obtaining Valuable Evidence in the Moments After a Trucking Accident
Time is always of the essence when it comes to obtaining necessary evidence after a trucking accident. However, there are countless accident victims that are too injured to do anything but wait for professional medical attention in the crucial moments after a collision.
If at all possible, preserving any type of physical evidence at the scene of the accident can be vital in terms of proving your case. Some timely actions can help preserve important facts. These actions include taking pictures and videos that can help prove what happened. Some things to look for include the final position of the vehicles, skid marks or the position of debris, damage to the vehicles, and other important scene details.
Taking statements from eyewitnesses is also very important. Often, responding police officers will identify witnesses that have stayed after a crash. Calling 911 after a collision is important and allows investigating officers to record the details of the accident and to identify witnesses and their contact information.
Trucking companies may begin their attempts to reduce their own liability almost immediately after any kind of trucking accident occurs. Our firm has seen cases when trucking companies have failed to preserve important evidence, including driver logs, that are supposed to be maintained.
Additional evidence, such as data from the vehicle’s event data recorder (often referred to as a vehicle black box) should also be preserved, downloaded, and evaluated. Our firm routinely pulls this type of data from defendants’ vehicles in order to help establish the details of a collision and how it occurred.
Some of these actions may be taken by a client if they are physically able to do so and are safe to do so at the scene of an accident. Other actions can be handled by an experienced truck accident lawyer. This helps reinforce why it is so important to speak with an injury lawyer as quickly as possible when you or a family member is injured in this type of serious collision.
Contact our firm today and we can begin our investigation so we can start building your case.
Potential Liable Parties in a Trucking Accident
Trucking accident liability is sometimes a bit more complicated to establish than most people would think. But establishing liability is essential to successfully obtain your rightful compensation. We first look to a number of common parties that may potentially be liable as the defendant(s) in your truck accident case, including:
- Individual truck drivers
- Trucking agencies and companies
- Cargo/Loading companies
- Truck manufacturers
- Specific truck part manufacturers
- Motor vehicle carriers
- Logistics companies
There is also the possibility that government road authorities can be held liable for your damages in these accidents. This is possible if the condition or design of the physical roadway caused or contributed to an accident. These cases can be challenging, but our firm evaluates all potential claims in order to build the best possible case.
How to Prove Liability in Truck Accidents
Proving liability within truck accidents can require work and diligence. It typically will require an extensive amount of investigation and research to uncover certain evidence, testimony, and documentation pertaining to the accident that can support your case. This type of investigation is one of the many reasons why hiring an experienced truck accident attorney is so crucial.
Some important pieces of evidence we will obtain or seek to discover to help prove liability include the following:
- The police report of your truck accident
- The truck driver’s fuel receipts and travel log
- The truck driver’s driving record
- Federal/state compliance and maintenance records
- Black Box data
Obtaining this type of evidence can be simple or challenging depending on the case, but our team is ready, willing, and able to go after all the necessary information to support your case.
Damages Associated With Trucking Accidents
When you’re involved in litigation with trucking companies and their insurance companies, they may try to make low settlement offers that limit your rightful compensation. Our firm fights back to hold whoever is liable for your truck accident injuries fully accountable for their negligence. If an insurance carrier will not offer an amount that is acceptable, we have experienced trial lawyers who will file suit and pursue them in court. We battle to help you receive compensation for the following common damages:
- Past, present and future medical expenses
- Lost wages and lost future earning capacity
- Property damage expenses
- Pain and suffering (and other non-economic damages)
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Wrongful death/burial costs
- Punitive damages
- And many other potential damages…
Reach Out To Our Philadelphia Truck Accident Lawyers For A Free Consultation
It’s important to contact us for a free consultation prior to giving a statement to any insurance representatives. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help evaluate your case and provide the necessary information to the insurance carrier on your behalf.
Consulting with our truck accident lawyers can help provide you with a much clearer understanding of the potential damages in your case.
Our law firm will provide insightful legal advice that helps you through every step of the legal process. We will assist you in determining the proper value for any settlement negotiations. Our team is willing and ready to take on your case and put you on the right track towards your full and rightful compensation.