Call them what you want – big trucks, semis, macks, tractor-trailers. These large vehicles provide valuable services to the economy, but they can cause serious damage in an accident. If you or a loved one have been injured and needs a Pittsburgh tractor-trailer accident attorney, you can count on us to be by your side. At Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, we have the experience you need to get to the bottom of what happened. Our goal is to secure compensation for all of your accident-related expenses.
Tractor-trailers can reach weights of up to 80,000 pounds. The average passenger vehicle only weighs 4,000 pounds. In a collision, the results are often devastating for passenger vehicle drivers and their passengers.
Data from the US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reflects that, for the latest reporting year, there were:
Closer to home in Pennsylvania, the Department of Transportation recorded nearly 7,000 total large truck crashes on our roadways during the latest reporting year. They caused thousands of injuries and led to 145 fatalities.
Injuries from large truck crashes are often severe. It is not uncommon for our Pittsburgh tractor-trailer accident attorneys to see the following:
In many cases, truck accident victims need extensive medical attention and long-term care. They can lose income and suffer from immense emotional and psychological damages. It is important that victims receive fair compensation for their losses.
According to PennDOT, vehicle failure is a major contributor to heavy truck crashes. Because of the sheer size and weight of these vehicles, truck companies must regularly inspect each vehicle and repair any damage immediately. A single tire blowout can lead to devastating consequences on the roadways.
All truck drivers should be fully trained to operate their vehicles. Under no circumstances should a tractor-trailer driver be impaired or distracted behind the wheel. They should follow all federal safety regulations regarding how many hours they can drive at a time and they should refrain from texting or other distractions while driving.
If you or somebody you love has been injured in an accident caused by the negligence of a truck driver or trucking company in Pittsburgh, there are various steps you can take in the immediate aftermath of the incident and in the days and weeks to follow to help ensure you recover maximum compensation.
It is critical for individuals harmed as a result of an accident caused by a truck driver or trucking company in Pittsburgh to know that they have a limited amount of time to file these claims. The Pennsylvania personal injury statute of limitations is two years from the date an injury occurs. This means that Pittsburgh truck accident victims have a two-year window within which to file a lawsuit against the alleged negligent truck driver or trucking company. Failing to file a lawsuit within this timeframe will result in the victim being unable to recover compensation for their losses. People who are under the age of 18 at the time of a crash have until their 20th birthday to file suit.
Even though the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is set at two years after the incident occurs, the reality is that these claims need to be filed with insurance carriers much sooner than that. There will be multiple insurance carriers involved in the aftermath of a truck accident that occurs in or around Pittsburgh. Each of these carriers has very strict reporting deadlines in place. Failing to promptly report a truck accident could result in the insurance carrier delaying or even denying the claim.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a tractor-trailer crash, you may need to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, we are ready to help if the carelessness or negligence of a truck driver or company has caused you harm. Our goal is to secure the following:
Make an appointment at our Pittsburgh office for your free consultation. We are confident that you will trust us with your legal needs and fight for what you deserve. We do not charge a fee for personally consulting with you. In every new case, our fee is only 25%. There is no fee unless recovery is made. We invite you to review the significant Pittsburgh, PA personal injury cases we have won.