Each year, thousands of trucks travel on United States highways, and each year, many of those trucks will be involved in accidents. According to NHTSA, in 2010, 3675 people were killed in truck accidents in the US and 20,000 people were injured, up from 3380 (deaths) and 17,000 (injured) in 2009.
*Source: NHTSA, Traffic Safety Facts Publication #811552
Just last month, in the Pennsylvania, two women were killed in what appears to be a head-on truck accident. Also in New Jersey this fall, a Pennsylvania truck driver pled guilty in a case which resulted in the death of father.
Whether due to a head on collision because a truck crossed the center median and struck a car traveling in the opposite direction or because a truck veered from its lane and struck a car in an adjacent lane, truck accidents are often fatal. There are two main reasons truck accidents tend to be so dangerous: the relative size of the truck compared to the size of a passenger car and high speeds reached on a highway.
Assessing Value of a Pennsylvania Truck Accident Case
Under the motor vehicle accident laws of Pennsylvania, truck drivers and the companies that hire them may be liable in a truck accident situation. The value of a Pennsylvania truck accident case is dependent on the following factors:
- evidence of truck driver substance abuse,
- seriousness of the injuries,
- extended medical treatment,
- future medical needs,
- economic damages,
- medical bills,
- lost wages, and
- other economic damages.
No two truck accidents are the same and therefore, the value of a case depends entirely on the specific facts of that case. However, as a general rule, the more medical treatment and time lost from work, the more value a case has. For example, a case which results in a simple back sprain with minimal treatment might not be worth pursuing because the relative value would be low, but a back injury that results in surgery would probably be worth pursuing because its value is relatively high.
The vast majority of truck accident lawyers will review a case at no cost. Therefore, before making a decision about whether to pursue a case or to get advice on how much a truck accident case is worth in Pennsylvania, be sure to seek advice of at least one truck accident lawyer.
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Pennsylvania Truck Accident Lawyer
For more information, contact our Pennsylvania car and truck accident lawyers. Our attorneys serve car and truck accident victims in the following areas: Allegheny County, PA; Berks County, PA; Bucks County, PA; Chester County, PA; Delaware County, PA; Lehigh County, PA; Montgomery County, PA; Northampton County, PA: Philadelphia County, PA; Atlantic County, NJ; Burlington County, NJ; Camden County, NJ; Cumberland County, NJ; Gloucester County, NJ; Salem County, NJ; New Castle County, DE; Kent County, DE; Atlantic City, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Newark, NJ; Doylestown, PA; Media, PA; West Chester, PA; Norristown, PA; Camden, NJ; Wilmington, DE; Newark, DE; Georgetown, DE; and New Castle, DE. Our lawyers can obtain special admission in other states on a case by case basis.
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