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Who Can Be Held Responsible In A Trucking Accident Case?


Depending upon the circumstances surrounding the ownership and maintenance of the tractor-trailer, different people can be held responsible for a trucking accident. The owner of the tractor-trailer may be held responsible if they handle the maintenance on an in-house basis, and the driver of the tractor-trailer may be held responsible as well.

What Are The Biggest Challenges Faced In A Trucking Accident Case?

One of the biggest challenges in trucking accident cases has to do with the fact that they involve large, national companies that may be self-insured and have unlimited funds with which to fight any lawsuit. In addition, these tractor-trailer companies have retained law firms that specialize in defending tractor-trailer cases.

What Compensation Can I Expect To Receive In A Trucking Accident Claim?

In Pennsylvania, a person can expect to receive compensation for economic damages or out-of-pocket wage loss not covered by their own automobile insurance. They can also receive compensation for out-of-pocket medical expenses associated with the injuries, and non-economic damages for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life’s pleasures, humiliation, embarrassment, and any scarring.

How Important Are Accident Reconstructionists In These Cases?

An accident reconstructionist can be very important in these cases, especially if the driver is disputing the theory that the plaintiff is putting forth against the tractor-trailer company and driver. The reconstruction of an accident can be done through a computer program that analyzes the speed of the vehicles, the force of the impact, and violations of the federal tractor-trailer code.

What Type Of Federal Insurance Are Trucking Companies Required To Carry?

Trucking companies are required to have a minimum of a one-million-dollar policy per vehicle, and there have been some attempts at increasing that minimum limit. Large, national trucking companies usually have more coverage than what’s required.

What If The Insurance Company Makes Me An Offer? Do I Have To Take It?

If an insurance company makes an offer, the plaintiff does not have to accept it. Alternatively, a plaintiff can continue with litigation and go to trial if necessary.

Why Is it Important To Hire An Experienced Attorney To Resolve A Trucking Accident Case?

It’s important to hire an experienced attorney to resolve a trucking accident case because they will be familiar with the numerous regulations and rules that apply to tractor-trailers, trucking companies, and training for tractor-trailer drivers. Tractor-trailer companies retain defense law firms that specialize in defending tractor-trailer cases, and they will try to bog down the plaintiff in litigation and delay the matter. They will fight tooth-and-nail to provide documentation regarding the driver’s experience, training, and past accidents. Since a trucking company is only required to preserve a driver’s log for six months, it is very important to obtain an attorney as soon as possible. That way, the attorney can put the trucking company on notice and ask them to preserve the driver’s log and any information on the black box.

Additional Information On Trucking Accidents In Pennsylvania

Once a collision has occurred, it’s very important to seek an experienced attorney as soon as possible.

For more information on Responsibility For Trucking Accident, a free initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (570) 203-1333 today.

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