Among motor vehicle accidents, truck accidents can often cause the most severe injuries and in many cases even death. Not only are tractor-trailer three times the size of most cars on the road, but most accidents involving heavy trucks happen on highways.
If you are injured in a truck accident, there are questions that have to be answered that are unique to truck accident injury lawsuits. At GSGB, our truck accident lawyers have the experience and know-how to find answers to these complicated questions. If you were injured in a truck accident, call GSGB today and have a free and confidential case evaluation by an experienced personal injury lawyer.
The place you want to investigate when trying to prove who was at fault in a truck accident is the scene. Often, personal injury attorneys do not get involved in a matter until after the accident which is why it is very important for you to do what you can at the scene of the accident, if you are able to. Be sure to take photographs of the vehicles involved in the accident, showing where they ended up on the road and where the points of impact were on the colliding vehicles. Next, be sure to call the police to the scene of the accident and give them a statement as to how you observed the accident take place. Do not speak with the other driver, but listen to what he or she has to say. The truck accident attorneys at Gold, Silverman, Goldenberg & Binder also know that a truck accident differs from a car accident, in that there may be a lot more evidence available when a truck or tractor trailer is involved.
Often, truck drivers have to submit incident reports if they are involved in car accidents and an experienced truck accident lawyer will notify the trucking company right away to preserve the report.
Often, truck accidents are the result of mechanical failures in the truck. In Pennsylvania, the primary factors in heavy truck crashes for 2015 were related to tires and wheels, brakes, power train failure and total steering system failures. While this may be a situation where bad luck played a part, state and federal laws require truck drivers and owners to constantly inspect their trucks and keep records of the inspections. These logs can go a long way in proving that the driver or owner of the truck should have known of the mechanical failure.
The cargo being shipped inside tractor trailers has to be properly secured and must comply with federal and state weight standards. The laws also require that logs are kept detailing what is being carried by the trucks and how. If a truck accident injury can be traced back to unsecured cargo, then there may be more than one party liable. An experienced truck accident attorney can use the cargo logs to trace back and identify the responsible parties.
Truck drivers’ hours on the road are regulated at both the state and federal level. This is to prevent sleep deprivation on the road leading to dozing off and inattentive driving that can have dire and often fatal consequences. While a truck driver breaking the hourly driving law is not in itself proof that he was driving carelessly, it is evidence that can be used towards proving that the driver’s lack of sleep caused him to drive with less attention on the road then he needed to, causing the accident and the resulting injuries.
Many highways are equipped with surveillance technology that can capture the events leading up to your truck accident injury. At GSGB, we will reach out to the respective authorities to make sure, if there is footage of the accident, we do our best to preserve it and get a copy.
Often, good Samaritans stay behind at the scene of a truck accident to tell the police officer investigating the accident what they observed. These witnesses can make or break a truck accident case and it is important to contact them early on in the process of the case to find out what their point of view of the accident was.
When someone is injured and brings a personal injury lawsuit, they are entitled to be compensated for what the law calls their “damages.” Damages basically means compensation, in the form of money, that is awarded by a court to someone who has been injured through the wrongful conduct of another. Often, truck accident injuries are catastrophic and the individuals and their families are never the same. Though damages vary from case to case, some examples of what you can recover if you were injured in a truck accident include:
At GSGB, our personal injury attorneys are available to confidentially review your case and help you understand your rights. Call today at (215) 563-6067.
Disclaimer: This website is for informational purposes only. It is not legal advice and nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. GSGB has offices in Philadelphia, Wayne and Voorhees and serves clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.