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A fully-loaded big rig truck can easily weigh 80,000 lbs. When this massive vehicle collides with a 3,000-lb car, the results are often catastrophic. Yet accidents involving semi-trucks differ from other motor vehicle collisions for reasons far beyond the sheer mass of an 18-wheeler. While semi-truck drivers must follow the same guidelines as drivers of passenger vehicles, semi-trucks are also governed by strict state and federal guidelines that do not apply to other motor vehicles. For these reasons alone, it is imperative that injured truck accident victims retain the services of an experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorney with the resources to take on large trucking companies and their negligent drivers.

Our Philadelphia personal injury attorneys at Golomb & Honik, P.C. understand trucking industry regulations, and we have decades of experience helping victims of truck accidents caused by negligent drivers recover the financial compensation they are due. Call (215) 278-4449 for legal help.

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Causes of Truck Accidents

To maintain high profit margins, some trucking companies and semi-truck drivers employ dangerous practices such as setting unrealistic schedules that can result in severe injury or death to innocent people. They may routinely break FMSCA rules and regulations and encourage their drivers to do the same. This can result in devastating accidents and horrific injuries to all those who share the roads with these big rigs.

Common contributing factors in semi-truck accidents include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Driving while impaired
  • Improperly secured cargo
  • Inadequate maintenance
  • Overloaded trailer
  • Speeding
  • Underqualified or undertrained drivers
  • Defective equipment
  • Poor tires
  • Defective roadway

Preserving Valuable Evidence After a Trucking Accident

Time is of the essence after a trucking accident. Physical evidence, such as skid marks and yaw marks can disappear quickly. Preserving this physical evidence is important to building your case. Photographs and forensic data can help your attorney prove that the trucking company and/or truck driver is to blame. In addition eyewitnesses will need to be questioned before they begin to forget important accident details.

Immediately after a catastrophic trucking accident, trucking companies begin working to reduce their liability. They may even destroy vital evidence that is critical to the outcome of your case, including black box data or maintenance records. Some unscrupulous trucking companies even resort to altering driving logs or maintenance records to avoid taking the blame for the accident. As such, it is imperative that you act quickly after you or someone you love has been injured in a trucking accident.

Determining Liable Parties

Establishing liability in a truck accident claim is crucial to the success of your case. It can be a tricky process, but at Golomb & Honik, P.C. we have more than three decades of experience dealing with some of the most complicated cases while still yielding unparalleled results.

If you suffer from a personal injury due to a commercial truck collision that was caused by negligence or misconduct, our truck accident lawyers may be able to pursue compensation from a number of potentially liable parties including:

  • Truck drivers
  • Trucking companies and agencies
  • Cargo companies
  • Truck and truck part manufacturers

Government road authorities might also be held responsible for damages if the accident was a result of road design defects or disrepair, but this is much less common.

Proving Liability

Unfortunately, it is not always easy to determine who is at fault in a truck accident even if you have identified the potentially liable parties. Proving liability can require a substantial investigation to recover important documentation about the accident, which is why hiring a qualified and experience truck accident lawyer is so important. Some of the evidence that may be required includes:

  • The initial truck accident report filed by the police
  • The truck driver’s travel log and fuel receipts
  • The trucker’s driving record
  • Maintenance and federal/state compliance records
  • ECM or “black box” data

Acquiring this documentation can be a time consuming and complex process, but our truck accident lawyers at Golomb & Honik, P.C. know how to get the information you need for your case.

Benefits of Working with a Truck Accident Lawyer

Trucking companies and their insurance providers have teams of lawyers whose job it is to get you to settle for limited compensation. If you were injured in an accident that was the result of a trucking company or truck driver's negligence, you need an experienced truck accident attorney who can help you determine accident liability and pursue financial compensation including money for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Damage expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disability
  • Future medical needs
  • Wrongful death/burial expenses

Call Golomb & Honik, P.C. at (215) 278-4449

If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident, it is important to review your case with an experienced Philadelphia truck accident lawyer. Time is of the essence in catastrophic personal injury cases-and a lawyer can help ensure that you do not miss any critical deadlines that would bar you from filing a claim. We are here for you no matter where you are located in the U.S. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.