Trucking Company Negligence
Many truck accidents are caused by carelessness or recklessness on the part of the driver, but in some cases, the trucking company could be wholly or partially to blame for the crash.
Collisions caused by trucking company negligence is one of the most common causes that can leave victims with devastating injuries, costly medical bills, and other losses. At Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., our knowledgeable motor vehicle accident lawyers have years of experience handling complex injury cases. Our perseverance and dedication have allowed us to secure significant victories for deserving clients, including:
- A $9 million award against a trucking company that hired a driver despite a history of medical and safety issues
- A $3.8 million recovery for a truck accident involving a driver who made unsafe driving errors that led to a catastrophic accident
We will fight just as hard for you to recover the compensation you deserve after being hurt in a truck accident.
To learn more about how we can help you pursue compensation for your Philadelphia truck accident claim, contact us today for a free consultation.
How ER Legal’s Experienced Trucking Lawyers Can Help
Truck accidents tend to involve severe injuries, expensive claims, and multiple responsible parties, including the trucking company in some instances.
As a result, it’s nearly always in your best interest to hire a skilled attorney for assistance with a truck accident claim. The experienced trucking lawyers of Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C. can support your case by:
- Explaining your legal rights and your options for seeking compensation
- Calculating a fair estimate of the value of your claim
- Conducting an independent investigation into the causes of the crash
- Identifying and preserving valuable evidence of the company’s negligence
- Interviewing eyewitnesses and expert witnesses who can testify about the contributing factors and consequences of the accident
- Communicating with the trucking company, insurance companies, and other attorneys on your behalf
- Negotiating forcefully to maximize your compensation
- Taking your case to trial, if the trucking or insurance company refuses to agree to a reasonable compensation demand
Common Trucking Accidents Caused by Company Negligence
When a truck accident is caused by company negligence, it’s usually other innocent drivers who bear the brunt of the damage. The practices and policies of irresponsible trucking companies frequently lead to accidents such as:
- Inexperienced driving accidents – When trucking companies fail to properly screen or train the drivers they hire, inexperienced or unqualified drivers can commit preventable errors and cause devastating wrecks.
- Fatigued driving accidents – Companies that overwork their drivers or explicitly encourage them to violate hours-of-service regulations increase the risk of driver burnout and subsequent drowsy driving truck accidents.
- Improper maintenance accidents – If trucking companies fail to properly inspect, maintain, or repair the trucks their drivers use, wear and tear can lead to malfunctioning components and dangerous loss of control accidents.
- Improper cargo loading accidents – When the teams that load cargo into trailers neglect to balance or secure loads properly, shifts during transit can lead to changes in a truck’s center of gravity. These shifts can cause devastating rollover accidents or cargo spillage wrecks.
Common Injuries Involved in Negligent Trucking Accidents
Collisions involving large commercial trucks and standard passenger vehicles typically result in catastrophic injuries for the occupants of the smaller car. Common injuries caused by negligent trucking accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Facial scarring and disfigurement
- Jaw, neck, and shoulder injuries
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Internal injuries
- Fire, friction, or chemical burns
- Spinal cord injuries
- Partial or total paralysis
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
The Process of Making a Claim for a Truck Accident
If you believe you may have grounds for a truck accident claim, you may be wondering about the process of filing that claim. In most truck accident cases, the legal steps for claiming compensation involve:
- Hiring a Philadelphia truck accident attorney to represent you after receiving an initial consultation and signing a formal contract
- Communicating with the trucking company, their insurance company, and other lawyers exclusively through your attorney to limit the risk of making self-incriminating statements
- Participating in the discovery process, which typically includes investigating the crash, reviewing police reports, reconstructing the accident, uncovering evidence, and talking to witnesses
- Sending your personal injury demand letter to the insurance company to notify them of your claim
- Negotiating a fair resolution of your case. If no agreement can be reached, your lawyer may advise you to proceed to trial to demand the compensation you deserve.
Proving Company Negligence
To obtain compensation in a truck accident claim, you must demonstrate that the trucking company was negligent. Your attorney can help you pinpoint compelling evidence of trucking company negligence, such as:
- Hiring or training records that show a company’s history of employing unqualified drivers or neglecting to provide adequate training
- Truck maintenance and repair records, which could demonstrate a lack of proper or routine vehicle care
- Truck driver hours-of-service records or dispatch instructions, which could show that a driver was forced to work to the point of dangerous exhaustion
- Cargo manifests or cargo loading records, which may indicate that a truck’s trailer was overloaded or improperly secured
Potential Financial Compensation
With a successful Philadelphia truck accident claim, you could be entitled to financial compensation for the following accident-related losses:
- Medical bills – Previous, ongoing, and projected future medical expenses you incur due to your truck accident injuries.
- Out-of-pocket expenses – Any incidental expenses you incur due to your injuries, such as the costs of transportation to medical appointments.
- Property damage costs – The costs of repairing or replacing your vehicle and any other personal property that was damaged in the crash.
- Lost wages and earning potential – The value of any reductions in your take-home pay from missed time at work, as well as the projected cost of losses to your future earning potential.
- Pain and suffering – The subjective costs of the physical pain, emotional suffering, and mental anguish you endure due to the wreck.
Contact Us for a Free Case Review
If you were injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident caused by trucking company negligence, contact the Philadelphia truck accident lawyers of Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C. right away. We’ll be ready to provide you with a 100% free case evaluation. Don’t wait until it is too late to get the answers and justice that you deserve. Call us now.