Drivers should know that car accidents involving trucks are more likely to result in serious or fatal injuries to passenger vehicle occupants than other types of collisions. Because of the severity of a car-and-truck accident, injury victims should seek the help of an experienced truck accident lawyer.
Although car accidents involving trucks are less common than passenger vehicle collisions, the number of fatal car-and-truck accidents has been rising steadily for about a decade. During 2019, more than 4,000 individuals died in car accidents involving trucks, representing a 30 percent increase over 2009. The types of fatal crashes include the following:
In all types of car accidents involving trucks, it is far more likely for individuals in the car to suffer fatal injuries. Information from the U.S. Department of Transportation Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) indicates the following:
Car-and-truck collisions are clearly more dangerous for automobile drivers than accidents involving only passenger vehicles.
There are several reasons why car accidents involving trucks are more dangerous than other types of automobile accidents:
All of these factors contribute to the fact that car-and-truck accidents are likely to result in serious injury or death.
Common injuries from car accidents involving trucks include:
All of these injuries require medical treatment. Individuals who suffer from these injuries may never regain full health and, as a result, face financial hardship. That is why it is so important for accident victims to reach out to a skilled car accident lawyer with experience handling cases involving trucks. Seeking qualified legal guidance is the best course of action for obtaining the financial compensation needed to pay for medical bills, therapy, lost income, and other expenses.
The most common causes of car accident involving trucks are related to human factors, including driver fatigue, distracted driving, impaired driving, speeding, and reckless driving. Other causes include:
Individuals who are injured in a car accident involving a truck should always seek immediate medical attention. It is also very important to avoid talking to insurance companies, particularly those representing the trucking company. Because there are multiple parties that may be liable for the accident, it is equally important to contact a car accident lawyer as soon as possible. A skilled lawyer will protect the rights of individuals injured and investigate the accident to determine who may be liable.
Car accidents involving trucks often present complex liability challenges. More than just the driver at fault may be deemed negligent. A number of parties may be liable in a car accident involving a truck like:
Given the multi-layered complexity of establishing liability in a truck accident, it is crucial that truck accident victims retain the legal services of qualified lawyer with years of experience handling these types of claims.
Lawyers prove liability in car accidents involving trucks by conducting a thorough investigation of the accident. This includes obtaining police reports, eyewitness accounts, and any photos taken at the accident scene. A lawyer may also review footage from a truck’s video camera or other device that provides data about the accident such as the truck’s speed, location, and force of impact.
A qualified lawyer will carefully review all of this evidence and request records from the trucking company as well to determine liability. Potential acts of negligence on the part of a trucking company include but are not limited to the following:
Proving a products liability claim against a truck manufacturer for defective parts is equally complex. All of this legal work is necessary, however, to ensure that accident victims recover the full damages to which they are entitled.
Galfand Berger LLP has a long and successful track record in recovery of full damages for car accident victims, including the following:
Car driver suffers severe injuries when struck by a tractor trailer. The client was driving on an Interstate Highway when his car was hit by a large commercial truck. After a thorough investigation, Galfand Berger lawyers were able to prove that the trucking company was negligent because the driver’s log was inaccurate, indicating that he had driven excessive hours. Moreover, the tractor-trailer brakes were worn and the tires were bald, indicating that the vehicle had not been properly maintained. Galfand Berger obtained a $3 million settlement for the client.
Although all car accidents are traumatic, those involving trucks are often more serious and legally complex. Determining liability and obtaining fair recovery for damages require a top-notch legal team. The Philadelphia car accident lawyers at Galfand Berger LLP are able to apply their legal skills and years of experience to help clients who are injured in collisions involving trucks. If you have been injured in a car accident, do not hesitate to reach out to us. To schedule a free and confidential consultation, call us at 800-222-USWA (8792) or contact us online. From our offices in Philadelphia, Bethlehem, Lancaster, and Reading, Pennsylvania, we proudly serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including Allentown and Harrisburg.