You have enough to worry about when you get behind the wheel of your vehicle each day. The last thing you need is for the negligence of a truck driver or truck company to cause you or a loved one harm. However, we know that crashes involving large trucks happen all the time.
When you need a Philadelphia truck accident attorney, Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. is ready to step in on your behalf. Our knowledgeable and experienced team will investigate your case so we can secure compensation for all of your crash-related expenses.
Potentially Dangerous Situations
Eighteen-wheelers can reach weights of 80,000 pounds. A dump truck can weigh nearly 60,000 pounds. When we say that large commercial trucks can cause major damages and injuries, we mean it. Think about how many large trucks you see on the roadways. They are everywhere and they provide valuable services to our society and economy. However, when a driver makes a mistake or part of the vehicle fails, people get hurt.
- During the latest full reporting year for Pennsylvania, there were 6,807 total heavy truck crashes.
It is not uncommon for us to see the following injuries in the aftermath of a truck crash:
- Traumatic brain injuries/head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries/paralysis
- Internal organ damage/internal bleeding
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations or amputations
Each of these injuries requires immediate emergency medical care. Often, a truck crash victim needs multiple surgeries and extended rehabilitation in order to make a full recovery. This can mean that they are unable to work and provide an income to support themselves and their families.
How Do These Crashes Happen?
Unfortunately, many of these crashes are preventable and revolve around vehicle maintenance problems or driver error.
Truck companies must ensure that all of their vehicles are regularly inspected and maintained. Some of the main causes of truck crashes in Pennsylvania revolved around the failure of the:
- Tires of wheels
All drivers should be properly licensed to operate these trucks and should follow all laws and regulations regarding safe operation. This includes not overloading the truck as well as driving only the allowable amount of hours each day. Under NO circumstances should a driver operate while impaired or distracted.
In The Aftermath
When you are riding down the road, you should not have to wonder if the truck driver next to you is going to make a mistake or if the truck has been well-maintained. At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., we are here to help if you or a loved one have been injured in a truck crash.
Our qualified team will investigate your crash and work to secure compensation for all of your expenses, including:
- Coverage of your medical bills
- Compensation for lost income if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against the driver or company