Truck drivers pulse through the United States delivering cargo at all hours of the night, striving to make deadlines. They operate under layers of regulation to maintain safety of the equipment and the driver’s state of mind. However, not every company and not every driver are careful, and trying to push the limits can lead to disastrous 18-wheeler accidents. A passenger car is not likely to brace a crash with a cargo truck without serious injuries and possible fatalities.
If you or a loved one has been in an accident with an 18-wheeler truck and sustained mental, physical or economic damages, you should seek out an attorney’s counsel right away. Because these vehicles and drivers are constantly on the road, you have a right to investigate if the trucking company’s business practices, from maintenance to log keeping, were sufficient.
Philadelphia 18-Wheeler Accident Attorney
After your accident with a cargo truck, you may not know where to turn. You may be confused about how to deal with hospital bills. You might have a plethora of questions, such as how do you collect evidence? Do you contact the trucking company? Do you give a statement to insurance companies?
The best move you can make is bringing an experienced personal injury lawyer to your team. Call an experienced Philadelphia truck accident attorney at Alva & Shuttleworth, LLC at (215) 665-1695 to schedule a free initial consultation. We will talk through your accident, your injuries, economic losses and efforts made to get just compensation from the trucking company. Alva & Shuttleworth, LLC represents clients in Philadelphia, Norristown, Downington, West Chester, Oxford and into New Jersey.
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Trucking accidents happen in a flash, but their consequences reverberate for years. They can be caused by a variety of factors, including distracted driving, driving while exhausted or even falling asleep at the wheel. Picking apart the police report, hospital records and company logs can reveal a legitimate claim of negligence against the trucking company or a part failure implicating a manufacturer.
Unlike other car accidents, a trucking company rather than the driver will hold an insurance policy. The insurance companies who cover commercial truckers know exactly how to research claims in order to minimize their payout. You need a strong party to counter the insurance company’s assertions through arbitration and, if they do not offer an acceptable resolution, at trial.
Multiple parties may hold some level of responsibility for an accident. A personal injury attorney at Alva & Shuttleworth, LLC can assist in every part of your case. We have a deep understanding of the care the driver, trucking company, owner of the trucking equipment, insurance companies and other parties should have taken to ensure shared public roads are safe.
Some of the most common driver actions that lead to accidents include:
- Failing to signal
- Disobeying traffic signs
- Driving recklessly
- Distracted driving
- Texting or using a cell phone while driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, known as DUI accidents
- Tailgating, which could lead to rear end accidents
There are certain policies that can be indicative of bad management practices and can explain generally poor driving performance. Alva & Shuttleworth, LLC can discover what kind of records and procedures were put in place by the company and if the records show a disregard for safety or fall short of legal requirements. Practices Alva & Shuttleworth, LLC will investigate include:
- Training and education requirements for drivers
- Practice of pushing loads over their legal maximums, whether by weight or dimensions
- Poor practices when loading cargo, leading to unsecured, shifting cargo
- Driver fatigue, illustrated by driving logs and records that show a driver operating outside of Department of Transportation required time off
- Poor record keeping
- Hiring drivers with questionable safety records
- Equipment maintenance records, which may explain brake and part failures
If we discover that a part failure occurred that led to your or your loved one’s accident, we will investigate if the manufacturer acted negligently in producing and marketing an unreasonably dangerous product.
To prove another party’s liability in your auto accident, we must show by a preponderance of the evidence, the four elements of negligence are met. The elements include:
- The defendant had a duty to act as a “reasonable driver”
- The defendant breached this duty
- The breach in this duty caused the accident
- Damages, whether emotional, physical or economic, were suffered because of the accident
You may recover damages for the many ways a tragic cargo truck accident has negatively impacted your life. Economic damages cover those expenses for which there is a receipt and tangible cost. These include hospital bills, property damage to your vehicle, physical therapy and lost wages from being unable to work.
Courts recognize that the loss of a loved one or a permanent disfigurement can have severe emotional consequences. Non-economic damages can come into play when the court seeks to provide the only possible justice, in the form of a monetary settlement, after an accident takes away something irreplaceable.
Finding the Best Truck Accident Defense Lawyer in Pennsylvania
With hospital bills, a wrecked car and a debilitating medical condition, you may not know how you will sort through an 18-wheeler accident. The amount of research to support a lawsuit can be overwhelming, but Alva & Shuttleworth, LLC can keep your situation organized, on track and strategically successful to get an appropriate settlement for your many losses. Call (215) 665-1695 right away to set up a free initial consultation with one of our attorneys. We are here to help individuals protect themselves against the negligence of large, defensive trucking companies and insurance providers.