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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.
Fill out a free
case evaluation form today.
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
- 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.
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
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
- 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.