With over 3.5 million truckers on the road today, accidents are bound to happen. Being larger and heavier than anything else on the road, semi-trucks can cause accidents with injuries far more severe than would normally occur between just two cars.
If you or a member of your family has been injured in a truck accident, we want to help.
The team at Berger and Green has over 40 years of experience helping clients with personal injury cases and are ready to get to work on your case right away. For a free, no-risk consultation with a truck accident lawyer in Washington County, PA, contact us today at (412) 661-1400.
Common Injuries Caused by Truck Accidents in Washington County, PA
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) statistics, over 100,000 people are injured in accidents involving trucks every year. And because of the force involved in these accidents, the injuries are typically far more severe than those in regular car accidents. The most common injuries include:
Head Injuries and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
TBIs should always be treated with caution. Head injuries that are sustained in a truck accident can range from mild and temporary, like a headache, to life-altering afflictions with either a long-term recovery or permanent damage. They can even lead to the victim’s death. Victims can develop vision problems, confusion, and other cognitive difficulties.
Back and Neck Injuries
The extreme force of an impact from a truck accident can cause severe, debilitating pain in the neck and back. Not only can the accident cause pain from whiplash but also disc injuries and dislocation.
Spinal Cord Injuries
If the bones, muscles, or nerves in the spinal cord are injured, one or more parts of the body can become temporarily or permanently injured. These injuries—even when they can be treated—require time, specialized rehabilitation, and possibly surgery.
Burn injuries are more common in truck accidents than accidents involving two cars, because of the large amounts of fuel semi-trucks are carrying at all times.
Because of the sheer force involved in truck accidents, it is not uncommon for victims to receive injuries to internal organs. Fractured ribs can also cause injuries to internal organs, potentially resulting in a lifetime of health issues.
Truck accidents can have debilitating psychological effects that leave the victim unable to return to normal day-to-day activities. It could impact your ability to drive to work or even take care of simple tasks like grocery store shopping.
If you are suffering because of trauma and physical injuries sustained in a truck accident, contact Berger and Green at (412) 661-1400 to discuss your claim with a truck accident lawyer in Washington County, PA.
Main Causes of Truck Accidents
The FMCSA lists the 10 most common factors that cause truck accidents as:
- Brake problems
- Traffic flow interruption
- Prescription drug use by truck drivers
- Traveling too fast for the road conditions
- Unfamiliarity with the roadway
- Roadway problems
- Failure to stop at a crosswalk or traffic control device
- Over-the-counter drug use
- Inadequate surveillance
For all the accidents, FMCSA divided the factors into four categories:
- Non-performance: this includes factors like the driver falling asleep at the wheel, being impaired by a heart attack, or being otherwise impaired.
- Recognition: this refers to the driver being inattentive, either distracted by something outside the vehicle or failing to observe the pending crash for some reason.
- Decision: this refers to the driver’s poor decision-making, such as driving too fast in unsafe conditions or following other vehicles too closely.
- Performance: this refers to a driver’s inability to exercise control, such as panicking and overcompensating.
These driver-related factors accounted for 87% of all accidents, according to FMCSA.
If a truck driver caused a crash that has left you injured and your family devastated, contact the lawyers at Berger and Green today at (412) 661-1400 for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Damages You May Be Entitled to After a Truck Accident
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a truck accident, you may be entitled to collect damages. While every case is different, here are a few of the types of damages that victims have been able to collect in truck accident cases:
- Medical expenses, such as hospital stays, surgeries, doctors’ examinations, medications, physical therapy, and rehabilitation
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Lost wages
- Future wages if you cannot return to work
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
If your family member did not survive the initial accident or died later as a result of the severity of his or her injuries, you may be entitled to damages associated with his or her wrongful death. Some of the damages you may be able to collect include:
- Funeral costs
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and benefits provided by the deceased
- Loss of support and protection
- Loss of companionship
How the Lawyers at Berger and Green Can Help
If you are the victim of an accident that involved a commercial truck, tractor-trailer, or another large truck, you are probably injured, in pain, and overwhelmed by the idea of pursuing compensation for your injuries.
But you do not have to fight this alone.
We have over 40 years of combined experience serving clients with personal injuries, and we are proud of the results we have achieved in that time.
But if you do want to pursue damages, do not wait too long. According to the Pennsylvania statute of limitations, you only have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim. If your family member did not survive the accident, you have two years from the date of his or her death.
Memories also fade with time, and it can be easier to gather eyewitness statements sooner rather than later.
Here are some specific ways that our team can help:
- We can gather information like witness statements, medical reports, and police reports.
- We can investigate your case, determine the cause of the accident, and who is liable.
- We can negotiate with insurance companies to the fullest extent of your or your family’s injuries.
- We can pursue compensation in court if a settlement cannot be reached.
If you are ready to get started right away or would just like a free review of your claim by a truck accident lawyer in Washington County, PA, contact us today at (412) 661-1400. A member of our team is standing by, ready to help.