Pennsylvania Truck Accident Attorneys
Every year, thousands of truck crashes resulting in injuries occur as well as hundreds of crashes that culminate in fatalities. These accidents take place on roadways, interstate highways and turnpikes across the country. In urban areas, these numbers can increase even more.
Common Truck Accident Injuries
Considering how often a standard-sized automobile is crushed when involved in a trucking accident, auto drivers who are not killed are likely to suffer serious injuries such as these:
- Major head injuries from flying objects (even if the driver is wearing a seatbelt).
- Neck and spinal injuries commonly resulting from the severe impact of a truck accident crash.
- Sprained, broken or severed limbs as well as other internal injuries caused when the vehicle is crushed around the car’s driver or passengers.
An injury from a trucking accident is often permanent, changing the victim’s life and the lives of their families forever. If you have been involved in a trucking accident in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia or New Jersey, you need an accident attorney who is an experienced trucking accident lawyer and who knows that while truck accidents are similar to car accidents, the following causes and conditions at the time of the accident must also be considered:
- Driver fatigue
- Distracted driving
- Driver under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
- How the truck was loaded
- If the vehicle received routine maintenance/inspection and any necessary repairs
- Road conditions
Common Questions for Truck Accident Lawyers
There are common questions surrounding trucking accidents that a knowledgeable Pennsylvania truck accident lawyer can answer for you:
What are the common causes of truck accidents?
Some of the most common reasons for truck accidents include impaired driving, improperly trained drivers, driver fatigue, poor truck maintenance, equipment failure, distracted driving, vehicle overloading, weather and road conditions as well as many others. Because there can be so many different contributing factors behind a trucking accident, it is important for a lawyer to examine all the details surrounding the collision to best determine the at-fault parties.
How should I communicate with trucking companies and/or their insurance carriers after an accident?
When a truck is involved in an accident, it is not only the driver of the vehicle that is involved but oftentimes, the trucking company and/or their insurance carriers, as well. Our truck accident attorneys are knowledgeable on trucking laws as well as how to evaluate what role the trucking company and/or insurance carrier should play throughout the claim process. As always, as an individual it is not advisable to make any statements to insurers or anyone other than an officer of the law before speaking with a truck accident attorney.
Who can sue or get a settlement in a trucking accident?
An injured party is often able to file a claim or pursue a recovery in the case of a trucking accident. An individual is considered to have a “standing to sue” depending on injuries or damages, the cause of an accident as well as other factors. An attorney best determines these.
What damages can be recovered by the survivors or their loved ones in a truck accident injury or a death case?
When an individual dies because of a trucking accident, that type of claim is typically referred to as a wrongful death suit. A wrongful death suit is when someone dies due to the fault of another individual or entity. Wrongful death claims seek compensation for the survivors’ losses, such as funeral expenses, loss of companionship, financial strain due to lost wages, etc. In the case of injuries, compensation is sought for similar reasons. The purpose of these recoveries is to help financially sustain the survivors or loved ones of someone injured or killed in a trucking accident. Because the time after an accident is already so physically and emotionally difficult, our attorneys seek recoveries such as these in hopes of easing the burden to the client(s) to the best of their abilities.
How soon must I file a case for an injury or death that was due to a truck accident?
An attorney at Galfand Berger can help to answer your questions about statute of limitations and when a claim must be filed depending on what type it is and what details surround the event.
Do I need a truck accident attorney to litigate my case?
It is best to have a truck accident attorney to litigate your case. There are many reasons for this. Trucking companies often have defended themselves against personal injury and wrongful death claims before. They have risk management departments as are typically equipped with risk management departments and attorneys who are on their side.
Our personal injury and wrongful death trucking attorneys have represented clients who were injured or killed in these types of accidents. We know how to comprehensively investigate an accident and can enlist the knowledge of experts in the field. An attorney can look into all the various deadlines that trucking companies and vehicles are regulated by, such as how often vehicle inspections must occur, what sort of training must be provided to employees, etc. Lastly, an attorney at Galfand Berger will have your best interest at heart, unlike the representatives of the trucking company or insurance carrier. Our job is to help recover a settlement or award to help you with your day-to-day life, whether or not you are the surviving family member of a fatal truck accident victim, or someone who was injured in a trucking accident yourself.
Contact a Pennsylvania Truck Accident Lawyer at Galfand Berger
If you or a loved one has been injured, we are happy to answer your questions and have one of our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers review your case for free. Please call us at 1-800-222-USWA (8792) or complete our short contact form and a member of our firm will contact you.
With offices in Philadelphia, Lancaster, Bethlehem and Reading, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. And, remember, there is no fee unless we recover for you.