When a trucker engages in negligent actions while operating a truck, devastating accidents can occur. Victims of Pennsylvania truck collisions often face life-changing injuries that demand expensive medical treatments and therapy as part of recovery.
If you or a loved one was injured in a truck wreck, a Pennsylvania truck accident lawyer from Berger and Green could assist you through the process of obtaining the financial compensation needed to cover your losses. Reach out to us for a free case review, where a team member will discuss your case and explain your legal options.
Our Pennsylvania Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help Secure the Damages You Are Eligible to Recover
Pennsylvania is a modified no-fault state. This means that an individual turns to their own car insurance, for certain damages, regardless of who is at fault. These damages can include medical expenses and wage loss up to certain amounts.
What damages can be pursued from the truck driver, however, will depend on your tort option. When purchasing insurance, individuals must choose either the full tort option or the limited tort.
If the victim selected full tort coverage, then the victim can take action against the truck driver or trucking company for compensation and have the insurer pay for economic and non-economic damages (i.e. pain and suffering). If the victim selected limited tort coverage, then only economic damages may be pursued, unless an exception applies.
Some economic losses you may be able to recover from the insured include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income from missing work
- Property damage
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Costs for physical therapy and rehab
Our Pennsylvania truck accident attorney can explain what you can recover based on your auto insurance policy.
For a free legal consultation with a truck accident lawyer serving Pennsylvania, call 412-661-1400
Our Pennsylvania Truck Accident Attorney Can Help Identify Who Holds Liability in Your Crash
Determining who is liable for the crash is a crucial prerequisite to recovering compensation. Here are some common parties that can be held responsible for truck accidents:
- Truck driver: If the truck driver engages in any negligent actions — such as drunk driving, speeding, or texting and driving — which results in a collision, then the driver may be held personally liable for the resulting losses.
- Trucker’s employer: If the truck accident occurs while the driver was driving under the scope of their employment, their employer could be held vicariously liable for their employee’s negligent actions.
- Cargo company: The cargo company could be held responsible if the accident occurred because the truck was overloaded or the cargo was improperly loaded.
- Truck’s manufacturer: If a part of the truck was defective in operation or design and caused the accident, the truck manufacturer can be held liable.
- Truck maintenance company: Maintenance companies can be sued if the accident occurs because they failed to make necessary repairs to the truck.
- Government agencies: Certain government agencies can be approached for damages if the wreck occurs because of poorly maintained roads, missing signage, potholes, or loose gravel.
Your truck accident attorney in Pennsylvania can investigate your case to assess if multiple parties may hold fault for your truck accident. We will ensure that every person or entity liable for your truck accident is held accountable for their misconduct.
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Your Attorney Will Assist in Evidence Collection to Strengthen Your Case
Strong evidence is a crucial determinant of your case’s outcome. Here are some examples of evidence the attorney may secure to prove negligence and losses in your case:
- A copy of the official accident report
- Photos showing the accident site, injuries, and vehicle damage
- Video surveillance footage or dash cam footage showing how the accident occurred
- Witness statements from those who saw the accident happen
- Alcohol and drug test results
- Electronic log details
- Truck maintenance record
- Truck driver’s qualifications
- Truck driver’s employment records
After reviewing the evidence, the attorney can uncover important information, such as if the cargo was improperly loaded, if the driver was speeding, or if a vehicle defect contributed to the accident.
Some of the evidence will be in the hands of the at-fault party. The attorney handling your claim may draft and send a spoliation letter, which requires those at fault to preserve all the evidence. The sooner you contact our team, the faster we can get to gathering substantial evidence and helping you recover your losses.
You Have Limited Time to Sue the Liable Parties
In Pennsylvania, you only have two years from the accident date to initiate legal action against the truck driver and other liable parties, as per Pa. C.S.A. § 5524. Truck accidents are complex to litigate, especially if multiple defendants are involved.
We suggest contacting us soon after the accident so we have enough time to investigate your case and build and submit a strong claim.
If you wait too long, we won’t have enough time to sue if the liable insurer does not agree to a fair settlement. Suing after the deadline will likely get your case dismissed by the judge, and you will lose your right to obtain compensation.
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Have a Berger and Green Pennsylvania Truck Accident Lawyer Fight for Your Compensation
Truck accidents leave victims with catastrophic injuries. Handling the claim submission process at this time on your own may be difficult. Hiring an attorney to take care of all the legal processes and administrative tasks associated with claims and lawsuits will give you more time to focus on healing.
Our attorney and legal team are here to assist by:
- Filing all paperwork
- Gathering evidence
- Identifying potential defendants
- Calculating the value of your case
- Handling communications with insurance companies
- Representing you in court if your case goes to trial
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Berger and Green offers free case reviews for Pittsburgh accident victims. If you or someone you know is facing the harrowing consequences of a truck driver’s reckless actions, contact us for a free consultation.
We take cases on a contingency basis. This means you do not owe us any fee until we recover compensation for you.