Trucks are hard to miss on the roadway because of their huge size and weight. Although they are a common occurrence on roads and highways, especially in big cities like Philadelphia, they can cause devastating consequences if they are involved in accidents, especially with smaller vehicles on the road. Their size and their weight can mean that the accident is much more serious than it would be otherwise. If you have been hurt in an accident with a truck, get in touch with a Philadelphia truck accident lawyer as soon as possible.
When an accident with a truck occurs, there are a number of reasons why the accident took place. A truck is much more difficult to drive than a car, so it is important that the truck company provides their drivers with enough training to make sure that they can drive the truck with the trailer safely. The company, however, may be trying to cut costs by not training their drivers enough or at all. An untrained driver behind the wheel of a huge and heavy truck could lead to some pretty serious accidents.
Sometimes, bus drivers drive longer than they should to try to make a deadline. Truck drivers are required to take breaks to make sure that they do not get tired while driving, but some drivers ignore the required breaks and drive in spite of their fatigue. Other drivers will rely on drugs to help them survive the long trips or will drink during their stops. Any driver operating a truck while tired or under the influence of alcohol or drugs can make huge mistakes that could hurt or even kill other people on the road.
It is equally possible that the truck accident occurred because of an issue with the truck itself. Truck companies are responsible for maintaining the trucks, making sure that they are functioning well and safely. If there have been any safety recalls issued for truck parts, the company is responsible for making sure that the part has been removed or replaced so that the truck is safe to drive. Also, whoever the loaded the truck could have done so improperly, throwing off the weight balance of the truck and making it extremely difficult to maneuver. If the truck malfunctions in any way, it could result in a serious accident. If either the driver or the truck company is responsible for the accident, a truck accident attorney can help you create a case against them and file a claim for compensation.
Injuries resulting from truck accidents can be very serious. If you are in a smaller vehicle and get hit by or run into a truck, you could end up with some extremely serious injuries because your small vehicle is no match for the size and weight of the truck, especially at high speeds. You could end up with broken bones, burns and lacerations, head or spinal injuries, brain injuries, paralysis, or even death in the worst cases. It is absolutely critical that you take care of your health if you have been in a truck accident.
Unfortunately, medical bills can be extremely expensive. A trip to the emergency room or one day’s stay in a hospital can cost you hundreds of dollars. If your injury requires medical procedures like surgery, you will have to pay for those as well, in addition to the cost of any medications you need or physical therapy you will have to undergo to recover. These costs can be a financial burden, especially if you are having to pay for vehicle repairs or to replace your car. If you are so hurt that you can’t return to work, you’re probably in even worse shape financially.
This is why having a skilled and experienced Philadelphia truck accident attorney on your side is so important. If your injuries were caused by negligence or recklessness on the part of the driver or the truck company, your lawyer will build a solid case to demonstrate that this was the case and that you deserve compensation for your injuries that resulted from the accident. They will be able to access company records and individual driver’s records, including the “black box” that many trucks are equipped with, to prove that you were wrongfully injured. They will fight on your behalf to ensure that the responsible party gives you the full compensation that you deserve, no less. Call our offices today by phone or via the contact form. We are available 24/7.