Experienced Philadelphia Truck Accident Lawyers
Truck accidents are one of the most dangerous things that can happen on the road. Tractor trailers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. All of this weight makes any collision with a semi-truck a serious event. Being several times the size and weight of even the largest SUVs on the road, tractor trailers push other cars out of their way, causing serious damage to the other vehicles and terrible injuries to whoever is unfortunate enough to be in them.
If you were involved in an accident that included a truck, you likely suffered a significant injury that will take months or years to fix and thousands of dollars in medical bills and lost wages. There is no reason why you should not be compensated for what you went through by those who were most responsible.
Truck Accidents Are Not Uncommon
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were an estimated 273,000 accidents involved trucks weighing over 10,000 pounds in 2011. Out of these, an estimated 60,000 resulted in an injury, and 3,341 proved to be fatal.
Despite what trucking advocacy groups say to the contrary, these are not low numbers. On average, more than 9 people were killed every day in a truck accident on the roads of the United States. An additional 164 people were hurt on a daily basis.
Truck accidents are not merely anomalies that we can shrug off. They are a common part of our daily lives, and when they directly impact our own life, we need to take action to ensure that those who are responsible pay amends to the victims who were hurt.
How a Philadelphia Truck Accident Attorney Can Help
If you have been hurt in a serious truck accident, you can find yourself at the beginning of a long road to recovery. You will likely be suffering from a lot of pain, dealing with injuries that will cost thousands of dollars to fix, and which will keep you out of work for weeks or months.
All of these things can be rectified with a successful personal injury lawyer on your side. If you have a skilled and top-rated Philadelphia trucking lawyer such as Gary Brod in your corner making a claim against the people who were responsible for the truck accident that shattered your daily life, you stand to get compensation that is meant to cover your losses, including:
- Your pain and suffering,
- Your medical bills, including those which are likely to come up in the future,
- The lost wages and salary that came from missing work due to your injuries,
- The wages and salary that you will likely lose in the future, due to your injuries,
- The emotional anguish that your family member have gone through, and
- Your emotional distress from the accident.
Having a truck accident attorney like those at the Brod Law Firm in your corner, ready to file a lawsuit, if necessary is the best way to ensure you get these forms of compensation. Years of experience representing truck accident victims have endowed the attorneys at Philadelphia's Brod Law Firm with the techniques they need to gather all of the evidence you need to get the case to court, and the litigation experience necessary to win, once there.
How Truck Accident Lawsuits Work
By investigating the accident, the attorneys at the Brod Law Firm determine who was ultimately at fault. This could either be the driver of the truck that hit you, because of his or her inattention and negligence, the trucking company, for their negligent hiring or training or vehicle maintenance, or even the truck manufacturer, for their faulty product.
Most truck accidents happen because someone was negligent. For these negligence-based personal injury lawsuits to succeed, you will need to show four things:
- Someone else had a responsibility to keep you safe, or to avoid harming you,
- They did not uphold that responsibility,
- Their failure to uphold that responsibility caused your injuries, and
- You were, in fact, hurt.
A common factor in trucking accidents is an overworked or fatigued driver. Truck drivers are behind the wheel for a living and are often paid based on how quickly they move cargo from point A to point B. Because of this, truck drivers often shirk on their sleeping schedule so they can spend more time on the road. Unfortunately, this common practice puts other drivers at risk. Therefore, evidence that the driver of the truck that hurt you was fatigued can be used to show that they did not uphold their responsibility to other drivers to keep them safe.
Some truck accidents are unfortunately also wrongful death claims. If one of your loved ones was involved in a truck accident and did not make it through their injuries, they would be unable file a lawsuit against anyone. Under Pennsylvania law, their death allows you, as someone closely related to the deceased, to file the lawsuit for them and hold accountable those who were responsible.
Finally, some truck accident lawsuits are based on a products liability claim. If the truck accident happened because of a defective or poorly designed aspect on the truck – like defective brakes, or if a tire blew out and caused the truck driver to lose control – a products liability lawsuit would target the company that was behind the part that failed.
The Brod Law Firm Serves The Following Philadelphia Areas
19101, 19102, 19103, 19104, 19105, 19106, 19107, 19108, 19109, 19110, 19111, 19112, 19114, 19115, 19116, 19118, 19119, 19120, 19121, 19122, 19123, 19124, 19125, 19126, Manayunk 19127, Roxborough 19128, 19129, 19130, 19131, 19132, 19133, 19134, 19135, 19136, 19137, 19138, 19139, 19140, 19141, 19142, 19143, 19144, 19145, 19146, 19147, 19148, 19149, 19150, Overbrook 19151, 19152, 19153, 19154, 19155, 19160, 19161, 19162, 19170, 19171, 19172, 19173, 19175, 19177, 19178, 19179, 19181, 19182, 19183, 19184, 19185, 19187, 19188, 19190 19191, 19192, 19193, 19196, 19197, 19019, 19092, 19093, 19099, 19244, 19255
The Role of Insurance Companies in Truck Accidents
If you are involved in a truck accident in Philadelphia and have insurance, you probably have the feeling that everything should be covered. However, all insurance companies are for-profit businesses whose success depends on paying as few claims as possible. If your injuries would cause your insurance company to lose a lot of money, you can expect them to try all that they can to pay as little as possible.
Having a personal injury attorney at your side when you deal with your insurance company can ensure that you get the coverage you deserve, and already paid for.
Philadelphia Truck Accident Attorneys At The Brod Law Firm
These are all things that the truck accident attorneys at the Brod Law Office in Philadelphia handle on a daily basis. We have represented numerous clients to get the compensation that they deserve after a serious truck accident.
If you or a loved one has been hurt or lost their lives in a truck accident in the Philadelphia area or elsewhere in southeastern and central Pennsylvania, contact the Brod Law Firm Offices online or toll-free at 1-888-435-7946 (888-HELPWIN) Even if you are not sure if you have a case please call us for straightforward no-nonsense answers to your legal questions. We do not charge you for legal advice.