Ambridge Truck Accident Attorneys Serving the Pittsburgh Area
Giving you options after a crash with a large semi-truck
Accidents involving large trucks are more dangerous than the average car crash, mostly due to the sheer size of these vehicles and the damage they can cause at highway speeds. Statistics from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation emphasize this point, showing that large trucks cause 12.8 percent of traffic fatalities, even though they account for only 4.7 percent of injury crashes. If you have been seriously injured in a trucking accident in western Pennsylvania, look to Bowers Fawcett & Hurst, LLC. We have more than 40 years of experience helping accident victims throughout our region, successfully resolving many claims in accidents involving commercial vehicles.
Trucking accidents can happen anywhere
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, there were 6,740 large truck accidents in the commonwealth in 2016, and 139 of them resulted in fatal injuries. And trucking accidents are becoming more of a problem in western Pennsylvania because of the extensive Marcellus Shale drilling projects in the area. Any accident involving a large commercial truck, whether it’s a tractor-trailer or a dump truck, is likely to be serious. Injuries resulting from these accidents can require long recovery periods and significant wage losses. An experienced injury lawyer can help you get the compensation you are entitled to.
The following are some of the most common causes of trucking accidents:
- Driver fatigue — Truck drivers are limited in the number hours they are allowed to be on the road within a 24-hour period. Drivers are known to break these rules sometimes, to get extra pay for quicker deliveries or to get home to their families sooner. Many studies indicate that fatigued driving is nearly as dangerous as drunk driving.
- Defective roadways — Truck drivers navigate through all kinds of hazardous road conditions, including potholes, cracks, construction, bumps and bad weather. These conditions, combined with the long hours drivers spend on the road, lead to greater likelihood of crashes.
- Weight/loading violations — All trucks must follow a rigorous set of guidelines to ensure drivers can handle them safely on the road. Overweight trucks or those that have been improperly loaded could cause handling and balance difficulties.
- Defective equipment — Vehicle defects are a common cause of car accidents. And these defects, especially tire defects and brake failures, are even more commonly the cause of problems for large trucks. Blowouts often occur because of poorly manufactured tires or failure to replace worn-out tires.
If a loved one was involved in a fatal collision, you may pursue compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. An experienced lawyer can help you bring a lawsuit for a truck accident resulting in tragedy.
Proving liability for trucking accidents in Ambridge
A party held liable for an accident must pay damages to the injured plaintiff for all losses, including medical bills, lost income, and compensation for pain and suffering. Proving liability, or fault for the accident, is the most important job a personal injury lawyer has.
A frequent cause of trucking accidents is equipment failure, including problems with the tires or the brakes, or less frequently with the power train or steering mechanism. The fault in these types of failures generally lies with either the manufacturer of the parts or the company charged with maintaining them.
When a truck driver’s error causes a crash, the driver’s company is liable under a very old tenet of personal injury law called respondeat superior. This rule requires the employer to answer for the mistakes its employee makes in the course of business.
Defense attorneys for trucking companies use many tactics to limit their client’s liability for an accident. One such tactic involves accusing the injured plaintiff of causing or contributing to the accident. If the defense attorney can prove you were mostly at fault, you cannot recover any compensation for your injuries. However, even if the defense only proves that you were somewhat at fault, they can get the amount the court orders them to pay in damages reduced. Protecting you from allegations of comparative negligence is another important task for your attorney.
At Bowers Fawcett & Hurst, LLC, we manage your case aggressively to make a compelling argument for the defendant’s liability so you can receive the highest damage award possible.
Don’t wait to speak with an experienced truck accident attorney
After an accident with a large truck, call Bowers Fawcett & Hurst, LLC right away at 724-266-0290 or contact us online. We provide free initial consultations and have flexible office hours, with evening and weekend appointments available upon request. You pay no attorney fees unless we recover for you. Our dedicated team serves individuals and families throughout Beaver County and the rest of western Pennsylvania.