Tractor trailer accidents often make the news because they can cause tremendous destruction, injuries, and death. A collision with a tractor trailer can lead to a lifetime of rehabilitation and/or ongoing health care. At Anapol Weiss, we represent those injured in all kinds of tractor trailer incidents including truck drivers, passenger vehicle drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.
Common Causes of Tractor Trailer Accidents
Pennsylvania Crash Facts and Statistics for the most recent year, 2015, highlighted an uptick in accidents involving heavy trucks including tractor trailers over previous years. Most contributing factors for accidents involved some type of vehicle defect or failure including tire, brake, and trailer problems.
In addition to vehicle defects and improper loading, 18-wheeler accidents can happen as the result of truck driver or passenger car driver errors. Distracted driving, improper lane changes, and tailgating commonly contribute to large vehicle incidents. To determine the cause of an accident, investigators look into proper licensing, truck regulation compliance, witness accounts, and any camera footage available. As tractor trailer injury attorneys, we look closely at all the facts to find the truth behind an accident and hold the responsible party or parties accountable.
Liability in Tractor Trailer Accidents
Unlike passenger vehicle accidents involving regularly licensed driver, tractor trailer incidents always involve professional drivers. Every driver on Pennsylvania roadways must adhere to a standard duty of care, but professional drivers must take their standard of care to the next level. The courts will scrutinize all truck driver actions and hold them accountable for any reckless activity including distracted driving and failing to properly maintain the truck.
In addition to the truck driver, trucking companies, truck maintenance professionals, and passenger vehicle drivers may all face liability in tractor trailer accidents. At Anapol Weiss, we strive to hold the right party accountable in every case we pursue. Using a network of independent investigators and accident recreation specialists, we will explore every avenue for restitution and find the individual or company liable for your injuries.
After a Tractor Trailer Accident
If you suffer an injury in a tractor trailer incident, take steps to protect your right to compensation. Trucking companies retain teams of investigators, insurers, and attorneys ready to protect the company’s interest. As an injured driver or passenger, do not speak to anyone from the trucking company until you consult with a personal injury attorney. Do not accept any settlement offer.
Instead, keep clear medical records, incident images, and a written account of the incident handy. Talk to a personal injury attorney about your ability to pursue a legal claim as soon as you can. Pennsylvania is a choice no-fault insurance state. In addition to or instead of filing a claim with your own insurer, you may have the ability to file a claim against the trucking company’s insurance or file a lawsuit against the responsible party itself. The attorneys at Anapol Weiss have represented clients in tractor trailer claims since 1977. We understand the complexities of federal trucking regulations and state laws. We work hard to protect your right to fair and full compensation after a preventable trucking accident.
Contact Our Philadelphia Tractor Trailer Accident Lawyers
Before you file an insurance claim or give your account to any insurance representative, consult with an attorney. If you suffered a serious injury in a tractor trailer accident, you may face lost income and future wages, numerous medical bills, and a loss of quality of life. A tractor trailer attorney will not only represent you in a legal capacity, but will also help you determine a reasonable and fair request for restitution.
At Anapol Weiss, we offer our clients experience, dedication, and accessibility. As your legal counsel, we can help you obtain qualified medical attention, represent you in front of insurers and bill collectors, and protect your right to justice. We hope you’ll contact our Philadelphia, PA office to discuss your case in further detail. Our team is ready and willing to help you start a path to recovery.