A truck accident can have grave consequences. Because semi-trucks are bigger, heavier, and more destructive than regular automobiles, the injuries they cause in collisions can be severe. If you suffered injuries in a Bensalem truck accident, you might have questions about what to do next, such as:
- How do I pay my medical bills?
- What if my injuries prevent me from working?
- How can I afford to repair or replace my vehicle?
- What if I need extended medical care?
- Who can I pursue for compensation for my injuries?
- What happens if the insurance company refuses to pay, or they try to make me accept less than I deserve?
- Should I hire a truck accident lawyer in Bensalem?
Cordisco & Saile LLC can answer these questions and help you recover the compensation you need. Call today for a free consultation: 215-642-2335.
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 an 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:
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ready to get started? Call today to set up your free consultation: 215-642-2335.