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Bensalem Truck Accident

Truck accidents can leave victims with serious injuries, overwhelming medical bills, and emotional trauma that make it difficult to get back on their feet. To overcome these challenges, you need a Bensalem truck accident lawyer to help you get the maximum compensation you’re entitled to. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a Philadelphia truck accident, Cordisco & Saile LLC is here to advocate for your best interests against powerful trucking companies and their insurers.

This page has been written and edited by a team of experienced legal writers . This page was approved by Managing Partner, Michael Saile who has more than 20 years of legal experience as a personal injury attorney.

The sheer size, weight, and power of large commercial trucks make them a force to be reckoned with on the road. When these massive vehicles collide with smaller passenger cars, the results can be catastrophic.

Victims of Bensalem truck crashes often face a long road to recovery, both physically and financially. Trucking insurance companies are supposed to provide compensation for victims’ damages, but they often fight to pay as little as possible. This is where a Bensalem truck accident lawyer at Cordisco & Saile LLC comes in.

Our clients show insurers and trucking companies they mean business by hiring our injury attorneys for representation. We have a reputation for being tough negotiators and skilled litigators, allowing us to recover millions of dollars for our injured clients. Let us put our experience to work for you and help you get your life back on track.

What Does a Truck Accident Lawyer Do?

Trucking companies carry extensive insurance policies to protect themselves from the financial fallout of accidents. However, when it comes time to pay out damages, these companies and their insurers will do everything in their power to minimize their liability. This often means offering low settlements that do not adequately cover victims’ medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages.

A truck accident lawyer from our firm can make all the difference. Our lawyers have the knowledge and experience to navigate the legal system and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf. We can do the following for you:

  • Investigate thoroughly to determine how the accident happened and who’s responsible.
  • Identify all applicable insurance coverage,
  • Gather evidence, including medical records, dashcam footage, videos, photography, police reports, drivers’ logbooks, trucking companies’ records, black box data, and more.
  • Consult medical, financial, and accident reconstruction experts to build the strongest case possible.
  • Determine the full extent of your injuries and losses to properly value your damages.
  • Negotiate with insurers and trucking companies to secure the maximum compensation when settling your truck accident claim.
  • Advocate for you in court if we cannot obtain an acceptable settlement offer. 

Our high-quality representation can translate to a higher award and a more secure financial future for you and your family. 

Who might be liable for my Bensalem truck accident?

The higher levels of force, destruction, and injuries are not the only way truck accidents differ from regular car accidents. There are also more parties that are potentially responsible. It is not always as simple as going after the other driver and her insurance company. For this reason, you need a personal injury attorney who has experience with truck accidents and their complications.

We conduct a full investigation of your accident and the circumstances that surround it. This lets us identify every party that might share responsibility for your injuries. These parties include:

The Truck Driver

The first people who come to mind as responsible parties in a car accident are the drivers of the vehicles. In a truck accident, a good chance exists that the truck driver bears some or all the responsibility. This is especially true if we can show the driver was doing any of the following:
  • Speeding
  • Driving under the influence
  • Driving while distracted
  • Disregarding a traffic sign or signal
  • Following too closely
Also, truck drivers must follow strict rules on how many consecutive hours they can drive, how long they must rest in between, how often their truck must receive service, and so forth. They must also keep log books where they detail all this information. We subpoena the trucker’s log book and audit it in search of evidence of noncompliance. If we find any, we can use it in our case to pursue compensation.

The Trucking Company

Even though the trucking company itself was not behind the wheel, it is usually liable due to something called vicarious liability. That means while its employees are acting in a work capacity, the company is responsible for their actions. This is beneficial to us because trucking companies are usually larger and have much greater financial resources than individual truckers.

The Shipping Company

The shipping company — or the company in charge of shipping the freight on the truck — can also share in the liability for an accident in certain situations. Like trucking companies, shipping companies tend to be large and often have extensive financial resources.

Cargo Loaders

If the accident resulted from improperly loaded or spilled cargo, you might be able to hold whoever loaded the cargo liable. If the driver or another employee of the trucking company loaded the cargo, the trucking company will likely be your liable party.

The Manufacturer

During our investigation into your accident, we might uncover that a defective part in either the truck or your own vehicle caused or contributed to the accident. In such situations, we can seek damages from the manufacturer of the defective part.
The evidence we need to establish liability is difficult to recover as much of it is in the hands of the trucking company. We will send a spoliation letter immediately to obtain the evidence your claim needs.
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What can I recover for my truck accident?

Traumatic injuries, such as to the head and spinal trauma, broken bones, and severe bruises and lacerations are common in truck accidents. The medical bills to treat these types of injuries can add up, and if you must miss work, your other bills, unfortunately, do not stop coming, either. We fight to recover all the following in your injury claim:

Medical Bills

We do not just seek compensation for your current medical bills, but also for those you can reasonably expect to incur in the future. These might include hospital and surgery costs, rehab or physical therapy, medical devices (e.g., crutches, wheelchairs), chiropractic care, or any necessary additions to your home (e.g., wheelchair ramps).

Lost Wages and Earning Capacity

If you must miss work while recovering from your injuries, we seek compensation for the paychecks you would have otherwise received. Likewise, if your injuries reduced your ability to continue at your job, we pursue compensation for your lost earning capacity

Property Damage

We seek compensation to fix or replace your car that was damaged in the accident, and we also pursue damages for any other personal property that you lost in the crash.

Pain and Suffering

Pain and suffering are not things you can quantify, but they can often be the worst part of a truck accident and its aftermath. You deserve compensation for what you are going through. Because it is such a subjective cost, you want to make sure you have an aggressive attorney pursuing it.

What Causes Large Truck Accidents in Bensalem & Philadelphia?

The causes of truck accidents tend to differ from those of typical car accidents. Large trucks, such as tractor-trailers, pose unique risks on the road due to their size and weight. And with major highways like I-95, I-76, and I-276 running through Philadelphia and Bensalem, the potential for truck accidents in these areas is high.

A major cause of truck accidents is driver error. Truck drivers are often under pressure to meet tight delivery deadlines, which leads them to drive for long hours without adequate rest breaks. This can lead to fatigue and drowsiness and compromise their ability to react quickly to changing road conditions. Although strict regulations exist to limit the number of hours a truck driver can spend on the road, some drivers and trucking companies ignore these rules.

Improper truck maintenance is another common cause of accidents. Trucking companies are responsible for regularly inspecting and maintaining their vehicles, but they may cut corners and neglect important maintenance tasks in pursuit of profits. This can result in equipment failures, such as tire blowouts or brake malfunctions, leading to serious accidents.

Other contributing factors to truck accidents include speeding, distracted driving, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Improperly balanced loads can also lead to truck accidents. In addition, poor road conditions or bad weather often play a role.

Speak to a Truck Accident Lawyer for Free

Insurance companies are notorious for the lengths to which they go not to pay claims, or to pay less than they should. Fighting them on your own can be futile, as they have teams of highly paid professionals whose job is to intimidate you into accepting what they offer, whether fair or not.

The team at Cordisco & Saile LLC will stand against these insurance companies to get you the compensation you deserve.

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