What Are My Legal Options After a Truck Accident in Pennsylvania?

If you are facing the effects of a truck accident, you may want to look into your legal options. Read on and reach out to our firm today to learn more about how our skilled truck accident attorneys can help you.

Who can be held liable for a truck accident in Pennsylvania?

Keep in mind that there are several different parties involved, meaning that there are several parties that can be held responsible for the accident. They include the following:

  • Negligent truck drivers: If truck drivers speed, drive while fatigued, drive while intoxicated, or otherwise disobey the rules and regulations of the road, they can generate a serious accident.
  • Negligent truck company employers: In the event that a truck company employer does not make sure that his or her drivers are certified and properly trained, they may be held partly liable in an accident. Furthermore, truck drivers are not permitted to drive more than 11 hours within a 14-hour workday, assigning them no more than 70 hours of driving a week. If a company knows a driver is exceeding these hours, they may be held liable for an accident.
  • Negligent truck company employees: Employees are accountable for preserving the trucks and ensuring they are in mint condition. If a truck is not correctly maintained, these employees may be held liable. They are also responsible for loading the trucks. and if a truck is improperly loaded, causing materials to come loose and harm others on the road.
  • Faulty truck parts: Many times, truck accidents are a result of faulty truck parts created by negligent product designers or manufacturers. In this case, you would file a product liability lawsuit.

What steps should I take after my accident?

If you are hurt because of another party’s negligence and you would like to pursue legal action to recover the damages you need to heal, you will have to prove that this negligence occurred. In order to accomplish this, there are some crucial steps to take after an accident:

  • Call 911: The police can file a report, perform chemical tests, and acquire witness statements.
  • Document the scene: Make sure to take photos and videos of any damage done to the truck, your car, and any property involved.
  • Obtain witness contacts: If anyone saw the accident occur, they may be able to corroborate your version of events. This can be extremely helpful during a personal injury case.
  • Seek medical attention: It is crucial that you go to the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility immediately after an accident occurs. Be sure to ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a truck accident in Pennsylvania, our firm is on your side.

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