Truck Accident Lawyer
Every year, approximately 4,000 people are killed nationally in commercial trucking accidents that are the result of intoxicated or distracted driving, sleepy truckers, or defective trucks.
It’s not for nothing that people use the phrase “getting hit by a truck” to describe a traumatic or catastrophic event in their lives. The kind of impact that a truck accident have can cover the gamut from physical injuries that may be long-term and have life-altering effects, to severe psychological injuries that may even result in post traumatic stress disorder.
What to Know if you were in a Truck Accident
In approximately 80% of all trucking accidents, it’s the driver and passengers of the smaller vehicle who are at the higher risk of injuries or fatalities. An accident involving a trucking accident is rarely a fender bender that ends in no injuries. These are serious accidents that can result in a variety of injuries that include broken bones, whiplash, spinal cord injuries and brain injuries.
Victims who have been involved in an accident in Pennsylvania need to be aware of a few basic facts.
- It may be the first time you have been involved in an accident, but you can rest assured that the trucking company that owns the truck has been involved in many accidents before.
- The trucking company has a full-fledged, well-established legal defense team, whose job is to minimize the liability of the trucking company in the event of an accident.
What to Do After a Truck Accident
Trying to deal with a trucking company on your own is foolhardy and self-destructive. Ordinary citizens simply do not have the resources to hold their own against the experienced defense attorneys who work for the trucking company. For these reasons, it is very important that you avoid speaking to a representative of the trucking company until you have your lawyer present.
Also avoid speaking to your insurer without legal counsel because there is a possibility that you may say something that can be held against you. Avoid giving recorded statements to your insurer.
Do not rush to accept a settlement from the trucking company, no matter how tempting it seems. Remember that a trucking accident attorney may be able to identify a number of parties – not just the truck driver and the trucking company – that may be liable in your accident.
The Pennsylvania truck accident lawyers at Solnick & Associates, LLC represent victims of trucking accidents across Pennsylvania.