Philadelphia Truck Accident Lawyer
Truck accidents can have the potential to cause catastrophic injuries and property damage. If you were injured in a truck accident its important that you hire a law firm that has experience with truck accidents. We have extensive experience with truck accident lawsuits.
Why Truck Accident Claims Are Different?
Truck accident claims are often more complex and difficult than claims arising from car accidents.
This is due to factors such as:
- The parties involved – A tractor-trailer or other heavy-duty truck crash often involves more individuals than a normal motor vehicle accident.
- Corporate Structures – Most trucking companies have policies that can make it difficult to know who to hold accountable.
- Complex federal and state regulations – Trucking companies and truckers are required to comply with complicated federal and state regulations. Oftentimes, failure to comply with these regulations is the cause of or a factor in a truck accident.
- Greater likelihood of catastrophic injuries – Trucks are large pieces of equipment. When they collide with smaller passenger vehicles, the occupants of the smaller vehicles tend to suffer far more catastrophic injuries than the occupants of vehicles in ordinary car crashes. With higher losses and potentially more insurance money on the line, you can count on a vigorous defense from those at fault.
What kind of evidence will I need in a truck accident case?
Some examples of evidence we use in truck accident lawsuits include:
- The driver’s qualification file
- The driver’s training file
- The driver’s logs, which show how many hours the driver has been behind the wheel
- Driver inspection records
- Post-accident alcohol and drug tests from the driver
- Data from the truck’s onboard systems, such as the engine control module or brake module
- Data from the truck’s communication systems, including the radio, GPS receiver, and location tracking systems
- Truck inspection and maintenance logs
Our truck accident attorneys can collect all the evidence you will need and help you receive the most compensation possible.
What type of compensation could I receive from a truck accident lawsuit?
You could receive personal injury compensation. But you may be entitled to various kinds of compensation for your losses caused by the accident.
Personal injury compensation can include both economic damages and non-economic damages.
- Economic damages. These are specific financial losses that can be calculated like bills, invoices, and medical expenses.
- Non-economic damages. This is intended to compensate an injured party for more subjective losses, such as pain and suffering.
In addition to personal injury compensation, you might be eligible for property damage compensation caused by the accident.
If you and your family have a loved one who was killed in a truck accident, your family may be entitled to seek wrongful death damages. These damages include compensation to the deceased individual’s estate for things like hospital and medical expenses for the injuries suffered in the accident, funeral and burial expenses, estate administration expenses, and compensation for conscious pain and suffering the deceased individual endured prior to their death. Your family may also be entitled to seek compensation for the lost income and benefits your loved one would have been reasonably expected to contribute to your family’s support, in addition to the loss of your loved one’s society, companionship, comfort, guidance, and household services.
In rare cases of egregious conduct that leads to a truck accident, plaintiffs in a truck accident case may be able to seek punitive damages. Punitive damages do not compensate a plaintiff for any loss but are instead intended to punish the at-fault party.
How long do I have to file a lawsuit for the truck accident I was in?
You have two years to file a lawsuit in Pennsylvania. The statute of limitations for personal injury and property damage claims is limited to two years from the date of the accident.
If you do not file your lawsuit within the statute of limitations, the court can dismiss your case.
There are certain exceptions that can delay or “toll” the statute of limitations. For example, if a minor is injured in a truck accident, the statute of limitations does not begin to start running until he or she turns 18. As a result, a minor has until they turn 20 years old to file a lawsuit from a truck accident.
What are the leading causes of truck accidents in Philadelphia?
The leading causes of truck accidents in Philadelphia are distracted drivers. While distracted driving may be the leading cause, other causes include:
- Inattentiveness behind the wheel
- Failure to observe other vehicles, traffic signals, or conditions
- Driver fatigue
- Driving under the influence
- Scheduling pressures
- Illegal maneuver on the road
- Unfamiliarity with the road or route
- Brake problems with the truck
- Tire problems with the truck
- Shifting cargo
What are some common injuries from a truck accident?
The most common injuries after a truck accident are
- Head Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Internal Organ Injuries
- Internal Bleeding
- Injury to the Spinal Cord
What should I do after a truck accident?
When you’ve been involved in a crash with a semi-truck your next steps are incredibly important. Following these steps can help protect your rights following a crash with a commercial vehicle.
- Stay At The Crash Scene
- Seek Medical Treatment
- Take Photos, Videos & Audio for Evidence
- Exchange Information with the Other Party
- Document the Accident
- Don’t Make Any Statements About The Crash
- Get Your Case Reviewed By a Lawyer
- Talk to one of our experienced attorneys today for a free consultation.
Our lawyers are experienced in handling truck accident cases. We also have the resources necessary for a full-scale investigation into cases involving catastrophic injuries and wrongful death.
If a trucking crash caused your personal injuries or a loved one’s wrongful death, contact a truck accident lawyer from our law firm today. We accept cases nationwide and have law offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as well as Cherry Hill, New Jersey. We offer free initial consultations and handle cases on a contingency fee basis, so you pay us nothing unless and until we get results for you.