Because commercial vehicle drivers are required to perform their duties on deadlines, promptness and efficiency can eclipse the need for safety. When this happens, everyone on the road may be in a dangerous situation. When people are injured in commercial vehicle accidents, they need compensation to heal and recover, and they need trucking companies to bolster accountability on the road.
It is important to realize, however, that these companies are interested in the bottom line; they will do everything possible to limit or even deny compensation in these cases. As such, the skill of an experienced legal team is crucial if you or a loved one has been injured in a commercial vehicle accident. We are here for you.
Reading Company Vehicle Injury Attorneys
Because Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., has obtained tens of millions for clients in our quarter-century of personal injury practice, there is no commercial vehicle accident case for which we are not prepared. We will bring our diligent approach to client service an unrelenting dedication to advocacy and justice to work on any case involving:
- Garbage trucks
- Construction vehicles
- Cement trucks
- FedEx or UPS trucks
- Commercial delivery trucks
- Company vehicle or trucks
How often do commercial vehicle accidents occur in Philadelphia?
When we turn to data available from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, we can gain an understanding of how often commercial vehicles crash across the Commonwealth. According to DOT data gathered from the latest reporting year, there were:
- 7,036 heavy truck accidents
- 122 heavy truck fatal crashes
- 2,921 heavy truck injury crashes
Additionally, the Department of Transportation gives us statistics about commercial bus incidents as well. During the latest reporting year, there were:
- 486 commercial bus crashes
- 3 commercial bus fatal crashes
- 327 commercial bus injury crashes
At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., our Philadelphia vehicle accident lawyers also want to point out that commercial vehicles consist of any vehicle that is involved in business activity. This includes more than just heavy trucks and buses on the roadway. This can also include sedans, SUVs, trucks, etc. The Pennsylvania DOT does not breakdown statistics about how many crashes involve those types of commercial vehicles.
How long do victims have to file lawsuits in these cases?
Victims of commercial vehicle accidents in Philadelphia need to be aware that there are time limits in place to file lawsuits against the negligent parties involved. The Pennsylvania personal injury statute of limitations is two years from the date an accident occurs. This means that victims will have a two-year time frame with which to file a lawsuit against the alleged negligent party. If they fail to file a lawsuit in this timeframe, they risk losing the ability to recover any compensation at all for their losses.
However, victims need to act much sooner than two years in order to recover compensation. Insurance carriers involved in these cases are going to require that the incident be reported as soon as possible. In commercial vehicle accidents, victims are often dealing with multiple insurance carriers, including commercial insurance providers. Dealing with these insurance carriers can be difficult, so it is important to file a claim as soon as possible to get the process started. Our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers can help you file your initial claim and will stand by your side throughout the entire case until you secure the compensation you need.
What type of compensation is available in a commercial vehicle accident case in Philadelphia?
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in an accident involving a commercial vehicle in the Philadelphia area, you may be entitled to various types of compensation. At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., our Philadelphia commercial vehicle accident lawyers are regularly able to help clients recover the following:
- Full compensation for medical expenses
- Lost wages if a victim is unable to work while they recover
- General household out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of personal enjoyment damages
- Possible punitive damages against a grossly negligent party
The total amount of compensation available in these cases will vary depending on the facts related to each particular claim.
Contact our attorneys for a free consultation of your case
As with all personal injury cases, deliberate and decisive action is key in protecting your rights. We encourage you to get in touch.
An example of our success:
$4.5 million to a Lancaster teenager who sustained multiple fractures and life-threatening injuries in a truck accident.
$1.5 million to the estate of a woman killed in a motor vehicle accident in central Pennsylvania. The wife and mother of two were killed when the driver of a delivery truck lost control and struck the woman’s car in her lane of travel. The settlement amount is believed to be one of the highest settlements in historically conservative central Pennsylvania.