Truck accidents are very few in comparison to the number of auto accidents seen in Pennsylvania. According to PennDot, an average of 7,000 accidents happen each year compared to the tens of thousands of passenger vehicles involved in accidents each year. Most tractor-trailer operators are highly skilled and courteous drivers. Most will take the proper care on the road to avoid instances. When an operator loses control of one of these enormous cargo carriers, catastrophic injuries and fatalities can result. If you have lost a loved one in such an accident or have been lucky enough to survive this kind of collision, it is crucial that you consult an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Ilkhanoff & Silverstein is an experienced law firm with seasoned trial attorneys at the helm. If you are interested in knowing more about our firm or to discuss your case, contact Ilkhanoff & Silverstein for a free consultation.
Causes of truck accidents
Truck accidents are often more complex cases because of the multiple parties that can be involved. Commercial truck operators and trucking companies are subject to numerous federal and state regulations specifically to improve safety. Even though these laws are meant to protect drivers from being exploited, employers want to see little to no change in productivity. Unfortunately, truck drivers find themselves making serious mistakes in the effort to satisfy employers while attempting to not break federal regulations. This stress can lead to negligent acts including drowsy, drugged, drunk, distracted, or reckless driving. When this is the case, a truck or its operator may be a danger to have on the road.
A truck driver may not be solely to blame. There are numerous other parties that can hold some degree of liability if they are found to have acted negligently. This can include the owner of the truck, the company that owns the cargo, and the designer or manufacturer of the truck or truck parts, to name a few. Because truck accidents are so complicated, it is important to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter.
By calling a seasoned truck accident lawyer immediately, a full on the spot investigation the scene can be done and crucial evidence preserved. Taking immediate steps to prevent the operator’s and trucking company’s logs and records from being disposed of, and the vehicles being repaired or stripped down can affect the outcome of your claim for damages.
If you are successful in your suit, you could be entitled to compensation for the aftermath. Because you have suffered both physically and financially, you could be compensated for your medical treatment, your past and future wages, pain and suffering, and more. It is important to note that you have 2 years from the date of the accident to bring a lawsuit. If you are involved in a truck accident, you should call an attorney immediately.
Contact an experienced truck accident law firm
Our legal team understands the vital importance of thoroughly preparing your case for trial. These cases contain many complex factors, but a personal injury lawyer with our firm is up to the challenge. We will work hard for you and your family and are ready to do what it takes to get the job done right. Contact Ilkhanoff & Silverstein to discuss your truck accident with a York personal injury lawyer.