What You Should Know About Truck Accidents in Pennsylvania

There are few accidents more devastating than those involving commercial trucks. If you have recently sustained injuries in such an accident due to no fault of your own, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation. Please continue reading and speak with our Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys to learn more about truck accidents and how we can help if you’ve been injured in one. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the most common causes of truck accidents?

Truck accidents can happen for many reasons, though they are generally caused by negligence. That being said, there are multiple parties that may be liable for commercial truck accidents. For example, a truck driver could be liable for an accident by driving while intoxicated, failing to account for massive blind spots, failing to check before merging or changing lanes, speeding, failing to brake on time, and ignoring all other rules and regulations of the road. On the other hand, there are times where truck manufacturers or designers are liable for truck accidents caused by faulty truck parts/equipment that caused a truck driver to lose control of his/her vehicle. Finally, in other cases, truck company employers/staff may be held liable for a truck accident if they failed to adequately maintain/service the truck, negligently loaded the truck (causing it to become unstable), or failed to ensure that employees receive sufficient training before taking to the road. Regardless of the cause of your injury, if you were injured due to negligence, there is a very good chance that you will qualify for compensation.

What should I do after sustaining an injury in a truck accident?

After being injured in a truck accident, you should try to document every aspect of the incident. You should ask witnesses for their contact information, call the police, obtain the truck driver’s insurance information, seek immediate medical attention, take pictures of the scene of the accident, and, finally, retain the services of a knowledgeable Pennsylvania personal injury attorney who can work to obtain all additional information needed to satisfy the burden of proof on your behalf. In certain cases, our firm can work to uncover surveillance footage of the accident as it happened, which is often the most useful way to assign liability. Do not wait any longer than two years to file your claim, in accordance with the statute of limitations. If you do, you may permanently lose your right to sue.

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