Truck Accident FAQAssociation for Safe International Road Travel reports that 2.35 million people are injured every year in motor vehicle accidents across the United States. Of these injuries, those sustained in trucking accidents tend to be among the most serious. In fact, fatalities are more likely to happen in accidents involving a semi-truck or other large commercial vehicle. Unfortunately, the people most likely to suffer a wrongful death in a trucking accident are passengers in smaller vehicles. If you or a loved one have suffered an injury due to a trucking accident, then you may be able to hold more than one party liable for damages.
The Pennsylvania truck crash lawyers at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., have decades of experience helping wrongfully injured people recover after a serious accident. We can investigate the details of your case to uncover any wrongdoing. Our lawyers can then formulate a case and fight on your behalf for compensation. We have successfully recovered millions of dollars in damages for accident survivors or their families.
The Top Six Frequently Asked Questions About Trucking Accidents
After many years of being in practice, we have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions we have received when it comes to trucking accidents. If you need help immediately following a trucking accident, then we encourage you to contact one of the truck crash lawyers at our firm.
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.