Every year, tens of thousands of truck-related accidents occur across the United States, resulting in injuries that leave lifelong impairments. Serious truck accidents that involve large commercial trucks, big rigs, semis, and tractor-trailers are common on Interstates 95 and 295, Route 76, and the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Turnpikes. Most of these accidents could have been avoided if not for the negligence of drivers who regularly drive recklessly and with little regard for the people with whom they share the road.
You are not alone if you have suffered an injury in a truck-related accident. You can count on our Philadelphia truck accident lawyers to fight the big insurance companies on your behalf and work to get you the compensation you deserve.
How Philadelphia Truck Accident Lawyers Can Help You
The average 18-wheeler truck weighs about 20 times more than a passenger car. Collisions involving a car and a truck are much more likely to result in serious injuries than those that involve two smaller vehicles.
To get compensation for the injuries you incurred in a truck accident, you will need an experienced attorney by your side. Although trucking companies often have the financial means to appropriately compensate you for your injuries, they would rather pay for legal representation so that they do not have to accept responsibility. In the aftermath of a truck accident, you are truly an underdog in a personal injury case if you do not have an experienced attorney on your side.
Here’s how we can help you:
We Can Help You Get Appropriate Compensation From the Insurance Company
You may have heard the phrase “do not sign” in television commercials for personal injury lawyers, but what exactly does it mean?
Insurance companies collect information from the drivers involved in a truck accident and review any police reports or other available evidence. Based on this information, they determine who is at fault for the crash and how much you should be compensated for your losses. Then the insurance company sends you a letter offering an amount of compensation that it deems to be appropriate.
If you sign the insurance company’s offer, you give up your right to sue over the accident. Even if the amount that the insurance company offers appears to be substantial, it is important to seek legal advice from an attorney before signing anything. Some injuries can take time to manifest; you should wait to settle your claim until you know the full extent of your injuries.
We Can Speak for You
When an accident causes significant damage, you may receive multiple calls from insurance companies asking for additional information. This can be stressful because you may worry that you could say something that may lead the insurance company to believe that you were to blame for the accident.
Even if you played no role in causing the accident, a good insurance adjuster has tricks to help them get you to say the wrong thing on purpose. It can become even more stressful if you are also dealing with serious injuries and the associated financial strain. We can represent you in these situations. Simply tell anyone who calls you about the accident to contact your lawyer instead. Your issues become our issues.
We Can Investigate the Accident Thoroughly
You can seek compensation from any party whose negligence contributed to causing the accident. For example, the trucking company may have violated its duty of care by failing to provide proper training to the truck driver. The company may have instructed the driver to work longer shifts than federal and state law permit, causing the driver to operate their truck while fatigued. The trucking company could have also failed to properly conduct a background check that would have revealed that the truck driver has a history of unsafe driving or recent substance abuse.
Although the trucking company is the most obvious defendant, it might not be the only one. If there were dangerous but preventable conditions on the road, the city or municipality could be held liable. If a truck part malfunctioned as a result of a manufacturing defect, the truck manufacturer could be held liable. The loading company could be held liable if the truck was overloaded or loaded unevenly.
For the same accident, we can file multiple lawsuits against multiple defendants on your behalf.
We Can Help You Recover Non-Monetary Damages
The insurance company may offer you a settlement that is large enough to cover all of your accident-related medical expenses. However, you should not accept this settlement immediately. Your losses in connection with the accident are much greater than your medical bills.
We can help you file a lawsuit to recover damages for lost wages due to your inability to work. If you are still unable to work by the time your case is resolved or goes to trial, you may be entitled to compensation for future lost wages.
You can be compensated for non-monetary damages resulting from the accident, including pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of companionship. Because non-economic damages in Philadelphia are not capped, a jury would decide the amount you should receive. Our goal here is to help you get a favorable settlement or jury award for your injuries.
What Is the Cost of a Truck Accident Lawyer to Represent Me?
Many people are concerned about the cost of retaining a skilled truck accident lawyer to represent them following an accident that resulted in serious injuries.
To save money, some victims choose to handle these claims themselves. Dealing with a non-lawyer on a truck injury case makes an insurance adjuster extremely happy, especially if there are significant injuries.
Our Philadelphia truck accident attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means there is no up-front cost to hire us. We only get paid if you recover compensation, and our fees come directly from that amount.
We are known as one of the state’s best 18-wheeler trucking accident law firms, and we have extensive experience successfully handling cases involving a big rig. Studies show that people who hire a reputable attorney often receive more compensation than those who do not. Do not take chances with your case; hire an experienced Philadelphia attorney. We do not get paid unless you do!
Our legal fees on a contingency basis begin at XX%. Our job is to maximize your compensation, and we excel at what we do!
Why Is Early Investigation After a Truck Accident So Important?
After a collision, the computer data from the truck must be obtained as soon as possible. The “black box” is computer data that can provide crucial evidence, such as the truck’s speed and braking maneuvers before the accident.
Early investigation can also help gather and preserve important evidence following a truck accident. This evidence may include vehicle damage, debris or skid marks on the highway, and data from the big rig’s computer.
For severe injury or wrongful death cases, our experienced trucking accident attorneys maintain a quick response team. We can fight the insurance companies and the trucking company on an equal footing by putting our top-rated trucking accident lawyers to work on your case as soon as possible.
Many trucking companies have a rapid response team that is dispatched to the scene within hours of the accident. Obtaining crucial information from the scene, such as road measurements and preservation of the large truck for inspection, can be critical. The quicker you hire us, the stronger your case can be.
Our investigating officer conducts a thorough investigation of the scene by taking photographs and recording measurements.
What Compensation Is Available to Trucking Accident Injury Victims?
Your injuries can be costly, and the liable parties will fight to avoid compensating you for them. Our law firm has years of experience fighting large trucking companies and their insurance companies for payments to which our clients are legally entitled after suffering injuries in a truck-related accident.
Trucking companies and the insurers that represent them spend a lot of money on their own lawyers. If you make a significant claim or file a lawsuit against them, they will rely on their legal representation to try to fight back.
Those businesses do not make money by paying what they are legally obligated to pay after their negligence results in an injury or death. Instead, they try to avoid paying for such losses in any way that they can.
If you attempt to deal with a truck company or its insurer by yourself, they may offer you nothing or a payment far below the value of your injury — even if they try to sound helpful and sympathetic.
Despite convincing evidence that the accident was caused by the trucker’s or trucking company’s negligence, their representatives will try to make you feel guilty and responsible.
Trucking companies may also try to discourage you from continuing your pursuit of compensation by repeatedly delaying or making excuses for your claim. In other situations, they may cast doubt on the long-term consequences of your injury while attempting to blame you for the crash.
Our truck accident attorneys know how to attribute value to different types of injuries concerning the monetary compensation to which a victim may be entitled, and they will fight for your right to receive it. They will not take a low-ball settlement offer from an insurance adjuster or a trucking company at face value.
In Philadelphia, victims may be entitled to compensation for:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Loss of earning capacity
- Physical disabilities
- Other forms of disability
- Damages from wrongful death and survival
The value of a semi truck accident settlement may vary widely depending on the unique facts of your case. Our lawyers can evaluate your damages and advise you on how to protect your rights.
How Can I Maximize Compensation After a Truck Accident?
- Step 1: Hire a competent personal injury attorney
The first step to maximize your compensation after a truck accident is hiring a competent attorney. By retaining us, you can focus on your recovery rather than worrying about the details of your claim. We have a proven track record of obtaining significant compensation for our clients.
- Step 2: Follow your physician’s recommendations
The second step to improve your chances of receiving appropriate compensation is following your doctor’s orders to the letter. Many personal injury victims have legitimate reasons not to seek medical treatment, but juries rarely accept them. Failure to follow through on recommended treatment can be detrimental to your case. Attempting to avoid necessary treatment can harm your case and reduce the amount of money to which you may be entitled. Finding an experienced medical professional to treat you can both hasten your recovery and benefit your legal case.
- Step 3: Keep track of lost wages and other expenses
The third step is keeping track of your lost wages and other out-of-pocket expenses. Preferably, you should write them down in a notebook or within an app on your smartphone. Keep the receipts for these expenses somewhere safe.
- Step 4: Stay off social media
Finally, while you are recovering, stay away from social media. Recent Philadelphia cases have allowed defense attorneys to view and use Facebook and other social media posts, which can be easily twisted by a skilled insurance attorney to suggest that you were not injured as badly as you claim.
How Long Does an 18-Wheeler Lawsuit Take?
Without knowing what caused the crash, it can be difficult to determine how long an 18-wheeler settlement will take. The cases often take longer if liability is disputed.
Truck accident cases that do not involve serious injury or wrongful death could be settled as soon as six months after the victim completes their medical care if liability is clear. However, truck accidents involving serious injuries or fatalities almost always take longer to resolve. Clients can expect a general guideline of one to two years for a case to resolve, but it will largely depend on the lawyers, courts, and facts surrounding the collision.
The higher the stakes, the longer the case usually takes. For more than three decades, our unbeaten 18-wheeler accident lawyers have been winning substantial damages in tractor-trailer injury cases.
Contact Our Lawyers in Philadelphia Today
Contact us today by completing the form on this website or by calling us toll-free at 215-673-7733.
You will be able to speak with a legal professional who can assist you with your case right away. And it all starts with a free legal consultation.
You are looking for justice, and you want to be compensated for the injuries you sustained as a result of a negligent truck driver or trucking company.
Let us show you that we mean business when it comes to dealing with shady trucking companies or insurance companies that try to take advantage of you by underpaying or outright denying your claim.
Our truck accidents attorneys are familiar with the delays, underpayment offers, and claim denials that are common practice for trucking lines and insurance companies. Remember, these companies are only concerned with their bottom lines, not your best interests.
We can start by gathering the facts and evidence in your case and then file a claim with the trucking company or its insurance company, complete with supporting documentation. In many cases, we can also negotiate an out-of-court settlement with the trucking company or its insurer that is fair to you and your family.