You should never have to worry about getting injured due to the careless or negligent behavior of a commercial truck driver. An accident with a large tractor trailer can result in devastating injuries for those in a passenger vehicle. At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., our team is ready to help investigate what happened in order to secure the compensation you are entitled to. When you need a Philadelphia tractor trailer accident attorney, call us today.
Why are tractor trailer accidents so severe?
When discussing tractor trailer accidents, we need to recognize that these vehicles can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds when fully loaded while the average passenger vehicle only weighs 4,000 pounds. As a result, passengers in vehicles often sustain serious injuries in a crash. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) says that there were 4,761 fatalities and nearly 150,000 total injuries due to large truck accidents during the latest reporting year.
When we turn to the Pennsylvania DOT, we can see that there were 7,000 total large truck crashes on our roads during the latest reporting year.
What are the most common tractor trailer accident injuries?
It is not uncommon for the Philadelphia truck accident attorneys at Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. to help clients with the following injuries:
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries
- Whiplash injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Due to their injuries, truck accident victims often require extensive medical care, including long-term care for disabilities. These crashes also often lead to victims suffering severe emotional and psychological trauma.
How do tractor trailer accidents happen?
The Pennsylvania DOT points out that many large truck crashes are the result of vehicle failure. Anytime a part of these vehicles fails, the risk of serious injury greatly increases. Trucking companies should regularly inspect and maintain their vehicles to ensure that none of the following fails:
- And more
Truck drivers must follow all state and federal regulations regarding the same operation of their vehicles. They should always follow hours of service regulations and should never drive while impaired or distracted.
When a truck driver or trucking company is negligent in an accident, they can be held accountable for injuries and damages.
We are ready to get to work for you
If you or a loved one have been injured due to the careless or negligent actions of a truck driver or trucking company, please seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., we are dedicated to helping our clients recover after an incident like this. Let us investigate what happened so we can secure the compensation you deserve, including:
- Your medical expenses related to the incident
- Lost wages and benefits if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of personal enjoyment damages
- Punitive damages against the truck driver or trucking company