Hiring a Lawyer after a Truck Crash

You’ve been involved in a crash with a commercial truck or 18-wheeler. Now what?

Each year, there are nearly 450,000 crashes involving big trucks (ie., tractor trailers) in the United States. Of these, approximately 5,000 trucking crashes result in fatalities. They can happen anywhere – highway, interstate, rural road, residential street, etc. A truck crash is often a devastating experience that can cause traumatic injuries. Unfortunately, these types of claims can easily become complicated, making it difficult for you to get the compensation you need for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other expenses.

Having a knowledgeable Pennsylvania personal injury attorney by your side can take much of this stress off of your shoulders. There are a number of significant benefits to hiring a lawyer with experience in truck crashes after an accident, including:

Identifying Responsible Parties

It should come as no surprise that proving fault is one of the most important steps, if not the most important part, of a personal injury case. Truck accidents are unique in that there can be multiple parties to blame for an accident, including the:

  • Truck driver
  • Owner of the tractor
  • Manufacturer of the tractor
  • Owner of the Trailer
  • Cargo company
Understanding Complex Laws and Regulations

The trucking industry is heavily regulated at both the state and federal levels. These rules and guidelines help ensure everyone’s safety on the road by establishing training standards for new truck drivers, limiting the length of trips a driver can take, the speed at which trucks can travel, the weight of cargo that trucks can carry, and much more.

Your attorney will know how to determine if any of these regulations were violated in your accident. Regulation violations can be the crucial evidence you need to assign liability to the truck driver or other parties.

Negotiating Compensation 

After an accident, the trucking company, its lawyers, and insurance company will do everything they can to minimize their liability and the amount of compensation they pay out. In addition, if more than one party is liable for the accident, you will need to negotiate with multiple parties at the same time to obtain all of the compensation to which you are entitled.

Only your attorney will work for your best interests and fight to help make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.

A Truck Crash Lawyer Can Help

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a truck crash, contact our team of attorneys at Scartelli Olszewski, P.C. so we can discuss your situation and possible options to obtain compensation. We’ve handled thousands of complex cases and are here to help. 

Source: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/data-and-statistics/large-truck-and-bus-crash-facts