Trucking Accidents are Major Drivers of Catastrophic Personal Injury
Whether commuting to work or running errands, the last thing any driver expects is to suffer catastrophic injury in a truck accident. Every day, truck accidents result in severe injuries—such as a spinal cord injury, brain injury, or even death. Often these truck accidents are due to the negligence of someone who is not the person injured, and sometimes the cause is an automotive defect. According to the 2014 Pennsylvania Crash Facts & Statistics report, most truck crashes bring about some type of injury, and in total were responsible for approximately 1,200 deaths in Pennsylvania in 2014.
If you are dealing with the consequences of a catastrophic truck accident, such as medical bills, wage loss, and pain and suffering that often follow, Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., can help. We’ve helped many of our clients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey obtain financial compensation for claims related to their truck accident related injuries, the wrongful death of a loved one, as well as negotiations with insurance companies that can pile more stress upon an already tragic situation.
Truck accidents are capable of causing enormous destruction to both people and property if they are improperly maintained or operated. That’s why federal regulations hold owners and operators of trucks to higher standards. By requiring special licensing and inspection, operator logs and weight restrictions, these federal regulations work hard to ensure truck accidents do not occur. Truck drivers carry a high degree of responsibility to ensure their own safety as well as drivers with whom they share the road. Experienced attorneys know where to look and what to look for in a truck accident, and how to present the evidence to win your case. The attorneys at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., can help victims of truck accidents recover compensation for their injuries. Call today for a free consultation.
$55.3 Million Dollar Verdict by a Philadelphia Jury for a Defective Seatbelt
When his 1999 Acura Integra rolled over the seatbelt failed to prevent his head from striking the roof, leaving the driver a quadriplegic. During discovery, Eisenberg Rothweiler’s attorneys uncovered a 1992 roll over test showing Honda was aware of the defect and failed to redesign the seatbelt or alert the public. This incident could and should have been avoided by using a safer design that already existed. The verdict is the largest automotive defect award in Pennsylvania history.
Shock and Surprise Can Make You Vulnerable
After a truck accident, all parties involved are in an extremely agitated state of mind. Because of this, it is difficult to think in terms of saying and doing exactly what is required to legally protect yourself from insurance companies and any potential claims you may need to bring to address your injuries. It is crucial you avoid making statements that could falsely incriminate you to the other driver and/or their insurance company. If you are injured from a truck accident, speak with an experienced attorney before accepting any associated settlements. Say less, not more until you speak with your attorney.
Time is of the Essence
Pennsylvania and New Jersey, like other states, allow you to bring an action to recover damages from negligence that results in death or injury to a person or their property (i.e. your car). If you were partially responsible for the truck accident or injuries, you are not barred from bringing a claim against the other driver, as long as you were not more responsible for the accident than they were (42 Pa.C.S. § 7102/N.J.S.A. 2A:15-5.1). You must bring your claim within two years of the incident (§5524(1)). Therefore you must act quickly in working with your attorney to address any injuries and compensation due if you intend to bring a claim.
Severe Injuries and Wrongful Death
Truck accidents can bring about catastrophic damage such as spinal cord injuries and sometimes even wrongful death. These types of tragedies, especially the loss of a loved one, are life altering; you could be faced with ongoing medical issues and expenses, rehabilitation needs, or the loss of someone who was integral to the family’s well-being.
For more than 35 years, Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., have been helping truck accident victims in the greater Philadelphia and New Jersey regions recover compensation for their injuries and loss. Contact us today for a free consultation at one of our offices in Philadelphia or Cherry Hill and let us start helping you.