Truck Accidents in Western PA
Pittsburgh injury attorneys
Trucking accidents are not simply bigger car crashes. Fully loaded large commercial trucks can weigh over 80,000 pounds, while an average passenger automobile weighs approximately 3,000 pounds. Because of their sheer size, any collision between a commercial truck and another vehicle is likely to result in serious injuries to the head, neck, back, or other parts of the body. Unfortunately, accidents involving a truck often times also result in the driver or a passenger of a smaller vehicle to suffer paralysis or death.
Persons injured in truck crashes may be entitled to compensation from numerous insurance policies:
- Automobile insurance policies covering the driver and passengers or other members of their families
- Insurance covering the truck driver
- The trucking company or the company that owned or loaded the semi-tractor-trailer
Many times, a victim of a truck crash may also have a defective product claim against a manufacturer or the installer of a defective tire or defective brakes. If the injured person is on the job at the time of the accident, he or she may also be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a trucking accident, the time to act is now. Federal regulations permit a trucking company to destroy its drivers’ logs after six months unless a potential plaintiff obtains a court order or takes immediate action. Also, due to their great potential for harm, trucking accidents are among the most expensive to insurance companies. As a result, insurance companies often employ high pressure tactics to settle these claims for less than they are worth—sometimes at the scene of the accident!
If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, contact Rudberg Law Offices, LLC for a free consultation. We urge you to seek legal representation as soon as possible after any accident so that you can be properly advised of your rights and benefits. In addition, important evidence from the scene of the accident or from the truck or other vehicles involved in the accident needs to be preserved. Our Pittsburgh truck accident law firm utilizes experts and investigators to assist in preserving the evidence necessary for each case.
Please remember that as with any auto accident, any lawsuit must be filed within two (2) years of the date of the accident. If you are also entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits, any claim in Pennsylvania must be filed within three (3) years of the date of the accident.
For additional information, you may find the following links useful:
- U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Contact a skilled accident lawyer in Pittsburgh
If you have been injured in any type of accident caused by the careless or wrongful actions of others, call the Pittsburgh accident attorneys of Rudberg Law Offices, LLC for assistance at 412-488-6000, 1-866-306-2667, or complete our quick contact web form.