If you have lost a loved one in a truck accident in Philadelphia, you could be entitled to compensation for what has happened. At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., we are here to help you get through this. Our knowledgeable and experienced team will investigate all aspects of what happened and work to determine who is liable. Negligent truck drivers and trucking companies must be held accountable. Call us when you need a Philadelphia truck accident attorney by your side.
Philadelphia is a busy place, and our economy depends on large commercial trucks. This includes semi-trucks, garbage vehicles, construction trucks, and more. While these vehicles are safe most of the time, there are still plenty of accidents that occur. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), states that there were around 148,000 total people injured and over 4,700 killed in large truck crashes during the latest reporting year in the US.
Family members of those killed due to a truck crash in Philadelphia may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against a driver or company if their negligence contributed to the crash. In Pennsylvania, the only people entitled to bring a wrongful death claim are a victim’s spouse, children, or parents.
The statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim in PA is two years from the date of death. Claims must be filed before those two years, or they will be dismissed.
Truck drivers and companies have a responsibility to ensure safety. Drivers must obtain their commercial driver’s licenses and be thoroughly trained for each vehicle they operate. They must follow all FMCSA regulations regarding how many hours they can operate each day and week. Drivers should never operate a truck while they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs or while they are distracted by a phone or something else.
Trucking companies have a duty to ensure each vehicle is regularly inspected and maintained to prevent vehicle failure.
When drivers and companies do not abide by laws and regulations and cause someone’s death, they should be held accountable.
If you have lost a loved one due to the negligent actions of a truck driver or trucking company, seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., we will dedicate ourselves to your case by investigating the entire accident. Our goal is to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve, which can include: