The last thing you should ever have to worry about it getting struck by a commercial vehicle. Unfortunately, we know that the carelessness or negligence of commercial vehicle drivers and companies can cause serious injuries. At Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, we are ready to help when you need a Pittsburgh commercial vehicle accident attorney. Our dedicated and knowledgeable team is ready to get to the bottom of what happened in this incident so we can secure the compensation necessary to cover all of your accident-related expenses.
A commercial vehicle is one that transports goods or passengers for the profit of an individual or business. Looking at that definition, that fits plenty of vehicles on the roadway, including:
Looking at that list, we want to point out that commercial vehicles are sometimes easy to spot, but not always. If you get into an accident with a van or pickup, you may not realize it is actually a commercial vehicle. Whether a vehicle is part of a business or not can have major implications when it comes to insurance settlements.
We want to focus on larger commercial vehicles like tractor-trailers because of how much damage they can do in a crash. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the maximum weight allowable for a semi-truck is 80,000 pounds. Compare that to the average 4,000-pound passenger vehicle, and you can see why these incidents are often so devastating.
During the latest reporting year, the FMCSA says there were nearly 150,000 injuries and almost 5,000 fatalities on US roadways due to large truck crashes. In Pennsylvania, we had nearly 7,000 heavy truck crashes that same year. They led to thousands of injuries and 145 fatal injury crashes.
The insurance requirement for larger trucks far exceeds the minimums necessary for regular passenger vehicle drivers. If a truck driver or truck company was at-fault in your accident, you may be eligible to recover compensation for all of your accident-related expenses.
We are not going to sit back and let you get taken advantage of by insurance companies or a truck company. At Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, we are ready to help if you or a loved one have been injured due to the carelessness or negligence of a commercial truck company or truck driver. Let us investigate what happened so we can secure the following: