Accidents involving tractor-trailers, semis, and 18-wheelers are some of the most destructive and dangerous on the road. These trucks, due to their sheer size, mass, and destructive capacity, can produce devastating collisions that result in substantial vehicle damage and major bodily injuries. Unfortunately, it is usually the occupants of the smaller vehicle who tend to suffer the worst injuries.
If you were injured in a truck accident in Monroeville, PA, a personal injury lawyer from Berger and Green can help you recover compensation. We can take action against the truck driver, the trucking company, the truck’s manufacturer, or anyone else we deem responsible for your injuries.
Our goal is to secure a financial recovery on your behalf. To minimize your financial risk when working with us, we operate on a contingency-fee-basis, meaning that we only get paid if we are able to successfully represent your interests.
The Monroeville truck accident lawyers at Berger and Green are eager to get to work for you today. We offer a free, no-obligation case evaluation. Call us today at (412) 661-1400.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Berger and Green wants to hear from you no matter how your truck accident occurred. We can investigate your collision, collect evidence pointing to liability, and build a case that establishes negligence.
How your accident occurred will lend our team valuable insight into the details surrounding your injuries. For example, if you were injured in a “T-bone collision,” we can assume that someone failed to yield to a motorist that had the right of way, or that a driver turned left at an intersection without properly surveying the situation.
Some examples of truck accidents and their causes may include:
Speeding can increase the chance of a car accident and make a collision more destructive. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding is a persistent element in over 25% of all fatal crashes. We can determine if this was a factor in your accident by evaluating the severity of your injuries. For instance, if you suffered whiplash, we can assume that you were hit by a vehicle traveling at high speed.
Truckers have a duty of care to perform their job requirements without harming others. If we determine that the other driver violated this obligation by driving recklessly, we can begin pursuing them for the cost of your injuries.
The weigh-in stations you see along the highway or interstate are there for a very good reason—they make sure truck drivers and trucking companies are adhering to industry regulations by keeping their payloads at safe levels. When a truck’s payload is too heavy, it negatively impacts stopping distance and the ability to control the vehicle.
We will investigate to determine if the truck that hit you was carrying too heavy of a load, or if they dodged a weigh station at some point prior to the accident. If so, we can hold them accountable for your collision-related expenses.
Lack of Sleep
Truck drivers spend many hours every day on the road, and all that driving can be draining. That is why the industry requires them to get a certain amount of rest each day before getting back on the road. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mandates that some truckers can only drive for 10 hours at a time after being off-duty for eight consecutive hours.
Truckers are even mandated to fill out logbooks that include this information. We will determine if the driver who hit you was operating on too little sleep.
Lack of Training or Inexperience
A commercial driver’s license required to drive a truck is harder to get than a standard one. But just because a driver passed the test does not necessarily mean they are ready to handle the rigors of driving an 18-wheeler across the country. We will determine if the driver’s employer failed by not training them enough and, if so, we can hold them liable.
Trucks are mechanically complex vehicles, much more so than a typical car. Its components must all work together to maintain a safe driving experience for both the trucker and other vehicles on the road. If something goes wrong, the truck may jackknife, fail to stop in time, or lose control—any of which can have devastating consequences. In this situation, we can pursue the cost of your damages from the party responsible for the truck’s construction and maintenance.
Berger and Green can help you no matter how your truck accident occurred. Receive a free consultation with a member of our team today by calling (412) 661-1400.
For a free legal consultation with a lawyer serving Monroeville, call (412) 661-1400
Your Monroeville Truck Accident Compensation
The Monroeville truck accident lawyers at Berger and Green can help you fight for the compensation you deserve. We can help you recover a settlement that includes payment for your various losses.
If your case is successful, you may be able to recover expenses for economic damages, which are items that have a confirmed price tag.
These may include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Property damage
- Childcare costs
You may also be able to recover the cost of noneconomic damages, which are intangible elements that may stem from emotional trauma.
They may include:
- Pain and suffering and inconvenience
- Loss of consortium
- Emotional trauma
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Call Berger and Green for a Free Consultation
The limitation of time on filing a truck accident claim in Pennsylvania is generally two years, but it may vary if your case has unique or extenuating circumstances.
The Monroeville truck accident lawyers at Berger and Green can help you recover compensation for your injuries. Many times, we are able to secure expenses for our clients out of court. However, if we have issues negotiating for a fair settlement that accurately covers your accident-related costs, we have no problem representing you before a judge and jury.
For a free case evaluation, call us at (412) 661-1400.