Being involved in a traffic accident is one of the most terrifying events that a person can experience. Not only are motor vehicle accidents scary, but they also often wreak financial havoc and cause severe physical injury. One type of accident that can be particularly devastating is an accident that involves a tractor-trailer.
While tractor-trailers and other large trucks are essential for transporting goods and other commodities, they can also be extremely dangerous. Accidents involving tractor trailers are often much more severe than they would be otherwise. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a tractor-trailer, you may be eligible to recover compensation. Talk to truck accident lawyers in Bucks County, PA for help.
Common Causes of Tractor Trailer Accidents
Like all types of motor vehicle accidents, an accident involving a tractor-trailer can occur for a variety of reasons. While external conditions—such as weather, a blown tire, or road surface conditions—can cause or contribute to an accident, the actions of a driver are often to blame.
According to a Large-Truck Causation Study published in August 2006 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some frequent cause of accidents involving large trucks is listed below.
- Tire blowout or flat tire
- Disabling vehicle failure
- Poor road conditions, such as a pothole
- driving too fast for conditions
- Shifts in cargo
- Objects in the road
- Driver error (e.g. such as the driver falling asleep, driving while distracted, or driving while impaired)
- Another driver in the truck’s blind spot
- Another car’s negligent or illegal actions
In many cases, the tractor-trailer accident is caused by the truck driver’s negligent actions, or by a defect in the vehicle or a vehicle’s part. In either case, you may be entitled to damages if the negligence of the driver or the defective part was the direct cause of the accident that caused your injury. If you’ve been injured, speak with a truck accident attorney in Bucks County about evidence necessary to prove liability.
Take Legal Action with Help from Truck Accident Lawyers in Bucks County, PA
Pennsylvania Code Section 5524 caps the amount of time you have to pursue a personal injury case to two years from the date of injury. Therefore, if you’ve been injured in an accident involving a tractor-trailer, you need to act immediately to ensure you file within the specified time period. Discuss your options with tractor-trailer accident lawyers in Bucks County, PA to review the steps you need to take to get started.
In order to recover compensation, you’ll have to prove negligence of the tractor-trailer driver or another party.
- police reports.
- eyewitness testimony.
- truck company records.
- and, even expert testimony.
Furthermore, you’ll have to prove the negligence was the direct cause of the accident and your resultant injuries. In order to better understand negligence and how to prove it, set up a consultation with an attorney to review your case.
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After a full day of mediation and a pre-trial settlement conference featuring much negotiation, the team was able to reach a fair settlement of $2,470,000 for a severely injured client
Just a mile from his home at the time, a local man was seriously injured when he was rear-ended by an armored car in Pennsylvania.
The Bristol, PA native had just stopped at a red light on Route 13 during rainy weather conditions. The strong force of the collision from the armored vehicle caused a spinal fracture which needed spinal surgery with the implementation of hardware.
The man’s surgical site later became infected, which required the previously implemented hardware to be removed. He then developed MRSA while in the hospital which required significant wound care. Finally, he developed a drop-foot condition due to the back injury. Because of this, he will be required to walk using a cane for the remainder of his life.
Several key details regarding the accident were uncovered by Cordisco and his team, including that the driver of the armored car was hired about two days prior to the crash with minimal training. On the day following the crash, the driver was fired from his position. The names of the defendants and their insurance companies will not be shared as they are kept confidential per agreement.
After a full day of mediation and a pre-trial settlement conference featuring much negotiation, the team was able to reach a fair settlement of $2,470,000 for a severely injured client.
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Cordisco & Saile: Truck Accident Lawyers of Bucks County, PA
If you have been in an auto accident in Bucks County and need legal representation, Cordisco & Saile LLC can help. Contact our truck accident lawyers in Bucks County, PA to set up a consultation to review case details and options you have for recovering compensation.