Sorting Out The Aftermath In Truck Accidents

Trucking accidents take lives and devastate families. While the truck driver may walk away with minor injuries, any survivors in the passenger vehicle are likely to have severe or permanent injuries.

To recover full compensation, your attorney must be familiar with federal regulations and trucking industry practices, and be willing to go to trial. Luxenberg, Garbett, Kelly & George knows how to investigate truck accidents. Our board-certified civil trial specialists have experience in handling truck accident cases to prove it.

Tracing The Cause Of A Truck Accident

Crashes involving tractor-trailers, coal trucks, timber trucks and other large vehicles killed 193 people and injured more than 4,300 others in Pennsylvania alone in 2006, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). With trucks from all over the country crossing Pennsylvania's roads and freeways, negligence is magnified when they share the road with smaller vehicles:

  • Truck driver negligence: speeding, changing lanes, crossing the center line, tailgating; inattention, distraction and fatigue
  • Trucking company liability: bald tires, worn brakes and other neglected maintenance; overloaded trucks, unsecured or shifting freight; negligent hiring and training; pressuring drivers to break the law to meet deadlines

If necessary, our lawyers hire professional investigators and assign accident reconstructionists to the scene to preserve evidence and interview the victims and witnesses. We act fast to get the truck inspected and obtain valuable data from the onboard "black box." We check the driver's logs (often falsified to fool the DOT) against actual miles and hours driven, and secure maintenance logs, inspection reports and law enforcement conclusions.

Who Pays For The Destruction?

We also sort out of the mess of who can be held liable. The cab and trailer may be separately owned, and third parties may be responsible for maintenance or loading cargo. The driver may be an independent trucker or employed by a commercial hauling company. A tractor-trailer or commercial pickup truck crash often involves multiple vehicles, any of which may have contributed to the disaster, and we also look into road design and maintenance as a causal factor.

Contact Attorneys Who Know What They're Doing

Luxenberg, Garbett, Kelly & George will attempt to hold all parties accountable and battle it out with their insurance companies, at trial if necessary. Contact us as soon as possible for a free initial consultation, including home or hospital visits.

Our New Castle-based firm represents truck accident victims in Lawrence, Beaver, Butler, Allegheny and Mercer counties and across western Pennsylvania. Call 800-655-3870 today.