Philadelphia Truck Accident Lawyer
In an instant, a truck accident can transform a life. What were previously simple activities of daily living like driving, walking, or bathing may now require round-the-clock care and the loss of any hope for earned income for the future. Truck accident victims deserve to be fairly compensated after they are injured, and a truck accident law firm can help you seek justice against negligent trucking companies.
Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C. is a law firm you can trust to compassionately and capably guide you through the insurance claim process. We have a strong track record of success in helping clients obtain compensation following truck accidents. For example, we were able to recover $9 million in compensation when our client suffered a traumatic brain injury and several fractures after being hit by a commercial truck that crossed the center line. We also recovered $3.8 million for a client whose vehicle slammed into a tractor-trailer that was blocking the highway.
We represent truck accident victims who are trying to piece their lives back together after catastrophic injuries. We will stand up to the insurance company and fight for the compensation you deserve after truck driver or trucking company negligence. If you suffered a serious injury involving a commercial vehicle and need help with your truck accident injury case, contact an experienced Philadelphia truck accident attorney today.
Truck Accident Statistics in Philadelphia
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, 110 heavy truck crashes occurred in the most recent year for which data is available. Although tractor trailer accidents represented just 6.1 of the total number of motor vehicle crashes for the year, they resulted in 10.4 percent of all fatal motor vehicle accidents.
Philadelphia was the most popular location for motor vehicle crashes to occur that year, representing nearly 10 percent of all traffic crashes. There were 12,190 car accidents and tractor trailer accidents that year. Nearly 15 percent of all traffic-related fatalities for the year occurred in Philadelphia County.
Truck Accident Liability in Philadelphia
Truck accident injury cases often come down to who is liable for the tractor trailer accident. The question of liability concerns what legal duty a potential defendant had and how they breached it. Many different parties may deal with tractor trailers, so some of the potentially liable parties in commercial truck accidents include:
After a semi truck crash, accident victims will usually look to the truck driver first for compensation. Many semi truck accidents are due to driver error and the truck driver’s negligence, such as:
- Not yielding to other vehicles
- Truck driver fatigue
- Following too closely
- Impairment by drugs or alcohol
Commercial vehicles that weigh more than 10,000 pounds are considered heavy trucks and are governed by specific federal laws. Truck drivers must qualify for commercial licenses and are subject to drug and alcohol testing. Trucking companies may be held liable when they fail to properly check drivers’ backgrounds and ensure they are suitable for the job. They may take shortcuts with safety, such as skipping mandatory inspections or forcing drivers to work longer hours in the interest of higher profits. When trucking companies prioritize greed over safety, they may be liable for the damages that arise in a semi truck crash. Trucking companies may also be liable for truck drivers’ negligent acts.
If the truck crash was caused by improper loading, the third party that loaded the vehicle might be to blame for the accident.
Truck manufacturers may be liable for semi truck accidents caused by defective semi trucks, trailers, or parts. For example, if a tire blew out or brakes failed, the manufacturer of these malfunctioning parts may be named in a truck accident case in Philadelphia.
Potential Compensation for Semi Truck Accidents
If you suffered a serious injury in a semi truck accident, you might be able to recover compensation for the damages you suffered. You may be able to pursue compensation through a truck accident claim for:
- Damages to your vehicle and other property damage
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced quality of life
An experienced injury lawyer can discuss the value of your truck accident claim during a free case evaluation.
How Big Truck Companies Fight Paying Fair Compensation to Truck Accident Victims
When a semi truck accident occurs, trucking companies often send representatives immediately to the accident scene. These representatives are acting in the interests of trucking companies, and their duty is to limit or mitigate the truck company’s liability. They may even dispute whose insurance company will be responsible for the accident victims’ compensation.
Insurance companies representing the trucking company may contact accident victims shortly after an accident so that they can obtain a recorded statement from the victims before they have a chance to discover all their injuries and consult with a truck accident lawyer.
Many accident victims find themselves in a vulnerable position following a semi truck accident. An experienced truck accident attorney can help protect their rights and level the playing field during this pivotal period in the process.
How a Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help
If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident involving a semi truck, a personal injury lawyer can assist you with your truck accident claim by:
- Investigating the cause of the accident, such as driver fatigue, defective parts, or truck driver’s negligence
- Identifying all liable parties
- Reviewing the police report, the position of the semi truck and passenger vehicles at the time of the accident in photos and video, and consulting with an accident reconstructionist expert, if necessary, to determine the factors that contributed to the semi truck accident
- Gathering additional information to support your claim, such as the driver’s Driver Qualification File, log book, electronic data stored in the commercial motor vehicle, and eyewitness statements
- Accounting for the full extent of your truck accident claim, including the cost of future medical expenses and lost wages
- Negotiating for a fair settlement on your behalf
- Advising you whether a truck accident lawsuit is your best option to obtain compensation if a fair settlement is not reached
You can learn more about how our experienced personal injury lawyers by contacting us today for a free case evaluation.
Contact an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer for Help with Your Claim
If you or a loved one was injured in a semi truck accident and would like assistance handling your truck accident claim, reach out to the experienced personal injury lawyers at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C. We provide a free case evaluation where we can explain the claim process and answer any questions you have. Contact us today to learn more.
Injuries sustained in a trucking accident tend to be more serious due to the sheer size of the trucks involved. The average weight for a standard empty semi-truck is anywhere from 18-21,000 lbs, and trucks can carry up to 42-46,000 lbs of cargo (with a maximum of 80,000 lbs distributed across all wheels).
As mentioned, injuries from a truck accident tend to be more severe than those seen in passenger car collisions. The most common trucking accident injuries include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputation or loss of limb(s) and wrongful death.
There are various reasons why trucking accidents occur. For instance, truck drivers can slam into other vehicles if they are tired or fall asleep behind the wheel. Comedian Tracy Morgan was seriously injured in a truck accident with a drowsy truck driver. In other cases, maintenance issues on semi-trucks can lead to an accident. Unqualified or dangerous truck drivers cause crashes. These are only three of many possible examples.
Depending on the circumstances, you can potentially hold several parties accountable — including the truck driver and the company they work for. However, it is often the case that the trucking company does not own the tractor-trailer attached to the semi-truck; a third-party leasing establishment does. This is often a source of contention and can further complicate a claim.
In some cases, you may be able to hold the manufacturer of the truck and/or the maintenance facility who last worked on the vehicle liable if a defective part is to blame for the accident or poor maintenance occurred. If the accident was caused by improperly packed cargo, then you can potentially hold personnel who loaded the truck responsible.
Since so many parties can be liable, it is highly recommended that you seek experienced legal counsel if you have been involved in a truck accident.
The answer to this question is dependent on several factors. Such factors include the total cost of past, present and future medical bills, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering. These details vary from case to case. Some cases do not settle, so our firm prepares every case for trial to achieve the maximum amount of recovery for each of our clients.
As soon as you take care of yourself and your family, you should contact legal counsel. Our firm has experience investigating and litigating complicated truck accident claims. We understand that your life has been profoundly impacted and we will work tirelessly to see that you are properly compensated for damages. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Philadelphia truck crash lawyers, call (215) 546-6636 or contact us online. Se Habla Español.