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Are you facing hard times for filing an injury claim due to a truck accident? Hire a Pittsburgh truck accident lawyer from Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman who have successfully handled numerous claims for clients who have been injured in truck crashes.
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Pittsburgh Truck Accident Attorney

We have successfully handled numerous claims for clients who have been injured in truck crashes. Truck drivers only have one goal in mind, deliver the product on time. There are many truck accidents that are caused by:

  • Fatigue. Truck drivers are legally required to take a 10-hour rest after 14 hours of consecutive driving. When drivers become sleep-deprived, they can make mistakes or engage in risky driving behaviors.
  • Distracted driving. Though texting and driving receives a lot of attention, truck drivers may also be distracted by two-way radios and GPS systems
  • Chemical enhancements. The legal BAC limit in Pennsylvania is 0.04 percent for any driver with a CDL, which is the equivalent of about one bottle of beer per hour. Many drivers use non-FDA-approved energy drinks or pills to help keep them alert on the road. It’s possible that these enhancements could have a negative effect on drivers.
  • Unsafe conditions and vehicles. Not all truck accidents are caused by the driver; defective equipment, overloaded beds and blown tires also contribute to truck accidents.

Are there any limitations for filing an injury claim due to a truck accident?

Statutes of limitation differ for each state, but in Pennsylvania, you have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you do not file within this time period, you are barred from pursuing your claim. In Pennsylvania, minors have until their 20th birthday to file a personal injury suit.

How Common Are Truck Accidents?

In 2017 there were 6,807 recorded accidents. Of those accidents, 145 were fatal injury crashes. Passenger vehicles almost always suffer injury and not the truck driver. Last, rural roads have a higher rate of truck accidents than other roadways. Truck accidents are trending upwards which means the likelihood for a truck accident is increasing. If you are hit by a truck, an injury is very likely.

Can I sue the truck driver’s trucking company for my injuries?

Yes. Truck companies invest heavily in insurance policies for the company and its drivers. If you are injured due to a truck accident, you may have the option to sue both the driver and the company. The driver and the company may be held responsible for the negligent behavior resulting in your injury. Because insurance companies are involved between driver and company, our professional attorneys will actively negotiate to make sure you get the coverage you need for your recovery.

Why is a truck accident more likely to cause injury than one involving passenger cars?

Trucks can weigh up to 80,000 lbs. and can be up to 53 ft. in length. A regular 4-door sedan is around 20 feet in length and can weigh up to 4,000 lbs. Trucks can cause more damage to property and personal injury because the impact is stronger; the length of the trailer can hit multiple vehicles at a time; because of the height of the truck, cars can get stuck under the trailer, and trailers can topple over onto cars—crushing the cars and people inside them.

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Date published: 2018-12-27
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