According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there are more than 30,000 deaths per year due to fatal motor vehicle crashes. There are perhaps none as deadly as accidents with semi-trucks and tractor-trailers, in part due to the comparative sizes of the vehicles involved. Recently, there have also been numerous reports of drug abuse and driving under the influence amongst truck drivers. As nationwide trucking regulations become more and more relaxed, it is important for drivers to be aware of the potential complications associated with trucking accidents.
Resources and Regulations
Trucking companies are prepared for litigation. It’s the nature of a business model based on employees driving for extended hours to deliver products across state lines without many legally-mandated breaks. Many trucking companies have their own accident investigators, which are dispatched to the site of the accident right away, and start to build a defense strategy against any potential litigation.
Insurance claims also tend to be more complicated when they involve truck accidents. There are more parties involved – i.e. not only the driver, but the company they drive for, because it can be held liable for the driver’s actions while on the job. Furthermore, if the trucking company was leasing the truck involved and/or if the driver was technically considered to be an “independent contractor” instead of an employee, this can complicate liability claims.
Pennsylvania Courts & Damages
Personal injury lawsuits are typically filed in state civil court, since they involve major injuries and substantial vehicle damage. These types of cases are typically decided by a jury instead of a judge.
Victims of car accidents may be eligible for a several types of compensatory and non-compensatory benefits that cover damages for monetary loss, as well as medical costs, pain and suffering, lost earning capacity, and others. But recovering these damages if your accident involved a semi-truck owned by a trucking company can be especially challenging because of the resources these companies possess. This makes it especially crucial to obtain the assistance of an experienced auto accident attorney.
Truck Accident Personal Injury Attorneys
If you or a loved one is involved in an accident with a truck, it is imperative that you reach out to a legal professional immediately. The attorneys at Solnick & Associates are experienced in all types of auto accident litigation, and have dealt with numerous cases involving both federal regulations (for trucks traveling across state lines) and state law (for trucks that operate solely within the state of Pennsylvania). These regulations describe qualifications for truck drivers, use of equipment, accidents and license revocation, drivers’ service time, and other requirements.
Contact Solnick & Associates today. Not only are our attorneys experienced with Philadelphia’s trucking industry and personal injury litigation, but we are also highly experienced in settlements in case your claim is handled by an insurance company.