Large trucks are responsible for a multitude of things, most notably transporting goods and commerce from one place to the next throughout Pennsylvania and the United States. While the majority of these trips occur without any accident or negative events, there have been catastrophes involving large trucks.
Large trucks, by nature, are often much more dangerous than passenger vehicles, and the damage that can be done in a truck rollover can be devastating. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2012, there were 3,921 people killed and an additional 104,000 people injured in accidents involving large trucks.
What’s more, the large truck crash causation study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration estimates that nearly nine percent of all large truck crashes involve rollovers.
Being involved in an accident is an unnerving experience, and can cause both moderate and severe injuries for any victims involved. If you’ve been involved in an accident involving a truck rollover, you may be entitled to compensation.
Common Causes of Truck Rollovers
The truck driver is responsible for some truck rollover accidents. However, equipment problems or defective vehicle parts can also contribute to a truck rollover, as can inclement weather or other adverse driving conditions.
Some possible causes or contributing factors of truck rollovers include:
- speeding and aggressive driving;
- overloaded or improperly loaded truck;
- improper navigating of corner or curve in the road;
- tire blowouts or other vehicle malfunctions;
- poor road conditions, such as potholes;
- improper trailer attachment;
- reckless driving of another vehicle; and
- weather conditions, such as rain or snow which can impair vision and affect vehicle control.
In some cases, the most dangerous part of a truck rollover is release of hazardous chemicals that the truck was carrying. This might be the result of using improper transport materials or cargo securement, or improper securing of the hazardous cargo.
Accident victims who wish to take legal action or recover compensation for their injuries and damages should speak with an attorney about liability for their particular accidents.
Injuries Resulting from Truck Rollovers
An accident that results in a truck rollover can cause serious injuries to those involved in the crash. Injuries can range from mild to severe, and some injuries are severe enough to be permanent or result in death.
Possible injuries resulting from a truck rollover accident include:
- head and neck;
- traumatic brain;
- spinal cord;
- the lower extremities;
- upper extremities;
- broken or fractured bones; and
- bruises and lacerations.
If you’ve suffered injuries that are severe, and if those injuries were caused by a truck rollover that resulted from a truck driver’s or other party’s negligence, you may be eligible to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Seek the Advice of an Attorney Today
In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for pursing a personal injury is two years from the date of injury. Therefore, if you want to receive damages for your injuries, you need to act soon. An attorney can help gather evidence of liability and damages, and file and organize your case to recover compensation for your damages.
For information related to the process of filing a claim, how to prove the negligence of the truck driver, what documents you’ll need for your case, what types of compensation you may recover, and how to pursue your personal injury case, the attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC, are here to help.