Lower Merion Township Truck Accident Lawyer

As an iconic part of Montgomery County history, Lower Merion Township brings in a fair amount of visitors and also sees heavy truck traffic daily. Due to being on the outskirts of Philadelphia and in such close proximity to major highways and interstates, it’s no wonder that our city sees so many semi-trucks and unfortunately the accidents that they cause.

According to 2022 crash facts from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), of the 7,522 heavy truck crashes that occurred in our state, equaling roughly 20 truck accidents each day. Of the reported semi-truck crashes, 959 of them involved passenger cars, 817 of them involved light trucks, vans, or SUVs, and 357 involved other large trucks.

If you or someone you know has suffered injuries or damages due to the actions of a large truck driver, Laffey Bucci D’Andrea Reich & Ryan can help you seek justice. Contact us to be put in contact with a Lower Merion Township truck accident lawyer for a free consultation.

Common Reasons Semi-Truck Wrecks Occur

Driver error is often cited as a main cause for a lot of car accidents and wrecks with big rigs are no different. Even with strict federal Hours of Service Regulations set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), truck drivers still push the limits of the laws, themselves and their vehicles.

Some of the most frequently cited reasons for truck crashes are the following:

  • Distracted Driving
  • Speeding
  • Driver Fatigue or Impairment
  • Mechanical Failure
  • Weather-Related Issues

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), driver fatigue and defective equipment are the two main causes of truck accidents, though it is uncertain exactly how many accidents these issues can be attributed to. Your attorney can look into the driving record of the truck driver and the maintenance records for the truck’s care and upkeep to see if either of those was a factor in your crash.

Injuries Caused by Truck Crashes

Any vehicle collision can lead to injuries, but truck collisions can be especially devastating due to the size difference between large trucks and other passenger vehicles. Semi-trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds with a fully loaded cargo trailer and are, on average, 72 feet long, while an average passenger vehicle weighs approximately 4,000 pounds.

Some of the most common injuries attributed to truck crashes are:

  • Broken bones
  • Burns
  • Whiplash and soft tissue damage
  • Internal injuries
  • Crush injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)

Even a minor collision with a big rig can lead to severe injuries, sometimes ones not so easy to see, so it’s always best to seek medical attention immediately following your accident.

Who Can Be Held Responsible for PA Trucking Accidents?

Unlike other personal injury cases where there may be one or two clear responsible parties, truck accident cases can be more complex as there are multiple people and entities involved in the upkeep and operation of a truck. Any or all of the following could be held liable for your accident:

  • Truck driver
  • Owner/leasing company
  • Trucking company
  • Loading company
  • Manufacturer
  • Maintenance crews/mechanics

As you can see, it’s not just the driver of the semi-truck who can be responsible for your injuries, and if you’re unsure which of those listed may be liable, your Lower Merion Township truck accident lawyer can look at the evidence and documentation available. So, if you need this assistance after your crash, consider reaching out to our firm for a free case review.

Damages You Can Be Compensated For

In a semi-truck wreck case, as with other personal injury cases, victims can receive compensation or settlement for injuries and damages they have suffered. Typical damages include economic (financial) and noneconomic (nonfinancial), meaning items that are easy to calculate and other items that are possibly more difficult to calculate worth but are still damages that can be compensated.

Some of those damages are:

  • Economic: This category may include medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and disability
  • Noneconomic: Examples of this include pain and suffering, mental anguish, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

How Hiring a Lawyer Will Benefit Your Lower Merion Township Tractor-Trailer Crash Case

Navigating the aftermath of any vehicle collision can be stressful and confusing, and the wake of a truck accident is often even more complex and difficult to manage. It’s bad enough that someone else’s negligent actions caused you harm and damage; you shouldn’t have to fight for justice alone. This is where a lawyer can help.

At Laffey Bucci D’Andrea Reich & Ryan, we can help you build a strong case by gathering all the documents needed for your claim and filing within the two-year statute of limitations on your behalf. Additionally, your Lower Merion Township truck accident lawyer can speak with the at-fault party, their legal team, and their insurance company on your behalf so that you can focus on your recovery.

By having a qualified truck accident attorney on your side, you have a greater chance of success with your case and getting justice for the harm that you have suffered. Reach out to our legal team today for your free consultation and see how we can help.

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