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When semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, and other large commercial vehicles are involved in accidents with smaller passenger vehicles, they tend to cause massive destruction, catastrophic injury, and death. In most cases, the occupants of the passenger vehicles are the ones who suffer the greatest impact; truck drivers may walk away from the accident, but surviving passengers in smaller vehicles tend to sustain severe, life-altering injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and more.
Luxenberg Garbett Kelly & George is here to help if you or your loved one was recently involved in an accident with a large truck or commercial vehicle. We understand the challenges you are facing, and we know how to effectively advocate on behalf of victims and their families. Trucking companies and their insurance providers know that we actually try cases, and we have a long history of success in recovering the compensation our clients need to heal and move forward with their lives. Most of all, we truly care about each and every one of our clients. Our New Castle truck accident attorneys are committed to being a trusted source of information, guidance, and counsel. So, if you are involved in a semi-truck accident in Pennsylvania today, tomorrow or at any point in the future, remember that our trucking accident lawyers are ready to help you!
Tracing the Cause of a Truck Accident
If you have no-fault insurance—and most Pennsylvania drivers do—you do not necessarily need to prove that anyone else was to blame in order to file a personal injury protection (PIP) claim. However, PIP coverage is limited and does not provide any compensation for non-economic losses, like pain and suffering. Many truck accident victims find that their PIP insurance is significantly insufficient when it comes to covering the full cost of their damages, including their ongoing and future medical expenses, lost income, lost earning capacity, and miscellaneous out-of-pocket costs.
After a truck accident, you may be able to step outside the state’s no-fault auto accident system and bring a personal injury claim or lawsuit against the truck driver, trucking company, or another liable party. To determine who is liable, and to establish that you have grounds for a third-party claim, you must typically prove how the accident happened.
Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
- Truck driver error or negligence
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Hours-of-service violations
- Overloaded trucks
- Improperly loaded or unsecured cargo
- Failure to conduct routine truck maintenance
- Defective trucks or truck parts
- Dangerous roadway construction or design
- Improper truck repairs
- Trucking company negligence
- Unrealistic deadlines and quotas for truck drivers
- Negligent hiring, training, or supervising
- Pressure by trucking companies to violate state or federal law
What Are Common Injuries from a Truck Accident?
Truck accidents can result in a wide range of injuries, varying in severity from minor to life-threatening. These accidents involve large and heavy vehicles, which can lead to more devastating consequences compared to regular car collisions. Understanding the common truck accident injuries is crucial for both drivers and passengers, as well as for legal and insurance purposes.
- Whiplash and Neck Injuries
- Back and Spinal Injuries
- Head and Brain Injuries
- Broken Bones and Fractures
- Internal Injuries
- Emotional and Psychological Trauma
- Amputations and Crush Injuries
At Luxenberg Garbett Kelly & George, we work with a team of expert accident reconstructionists, as well as other specialists, to investigate these claims and determine how the accident occurred. Our New Castle truck accident lawyers use all available evidence to develop innovative legal strategies and build powerful cases on behalf of our clients.
Contact our New Castle truck accident attorney online or by calling (724) 576-8855 today!
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What Are the Common Injuries Suffered in a Truck Accident in Pennsylvania?
When a large truck is involved in an accident with a smaller vehicle, the occupants of the passenger vehicles often suffer severe and life-altering injuries. These injuries can range from traumatic brain injuries to broken bones, and more. Here is a list of injuries truck crash victims often sustain:
- Brain Injuries: Truck accident victims may suffer a range of traumatic brain injuries, from mild concussions to severe permanent disabilities.
- Spinal Cord Injuries: These types of injuries can cause partial or full paralysis and require long-term medical care and rehabilitation.
- Internal Bleeding/Organ Damage: Truck accidents frequently result in significant internal hemorrhaging, which is often life-threatening if not treated quickly enough.
- Broken Bones: The forceful impact of trucking crashes can easily break bones around the body, including arms, legs, hips, ribs, skull and more.
- Soft Tissue Injury (Whiplash): Whiplash occurs when the head is suddenly jerked back and forth beyond its normal range of motion due to an impact with a large truck or other commercial vehicle; this type of injury can lead to chronic pain over time if left untreated..
- Burn Injuries: Chemical spills resulting from truck accidents can cause serious burn injuries that require specialized treatment for recovery and scarring prevention measures such as skin grafts or laser treatments are sometimes necessary in lieu of traditional surgeries like skin flaps or excisional surgery .
- Emotional Trauma : Victims may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression due to the sudden physical and emotional trauma of a truck accident.
Unfortunately, these victims are not always able to recover fully from their physical trauma due to the catastrophic nature of truck accidents. That's why it is important for those who have been injured in a truck accident to seek legal guidance from experienced trucking accident attorneys near them. The New Castle truck accident attorneys at Luxenberg Garbett Kelly & George understand how best to secure compensation for their clients' losses. We can help you pursue compensation for all of your losses related to your trucking accident.
Who Is Liable for a Truck Accident?
Determining who is liable for a truck accident is a complicated task. Often, there are multiple parties involved, including the truck driver, his or her employer, and various entities responsible for truck maintenance and repairs, cargo loading and securing, and tractor/trailer leasing. The truck driver may be an independent contractor; the tractor and trailer may be separately owned; the road on which the accident occurred may contain a defect that contributed to the accident.
It is important that you work with a skilled and experienced truck accident attorney, like ours at LGKG, when it comes to identifying the liable party. In some cases, you may have a claim against the trucking company or its insurance provider. In other instances, you could be entitled to compensation from a manufacturer, third-party motorist, or even the truck driver. Our team knows how to thoroughly investigate these claims and pursue all possible avenues of compensation on your behalf.
Compensation for Truck Accident Victims
of semi-truck and other large truck accidents are often left with debilitating injuries. Treating these injuries may require hospitalization, multiple surgeries, ongoing pain management, and other critical medical care. When these injuries result in lasting disabilities or impairments, victims may never be able to return to their once-normal lives.
At LGKG, we seek maximum compensation on behalf of truck accident victims, including but not limited to the following damages:
- Past, current, and future medical expenses
- Past, current, and future lost income and wages
- Loss of employment benefits
- Costs associated with home modifications
- Past, current, and future pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of earning capacity due to disability or impairment
- In-home assistance and care costs
In some cases, victims may even be entitled to punitive damages. In contrast to the compensatory damages listed above, punitive damages do not compensate accident victims for specific economic and non-economic losses. Instead, they punish defendants for acts of gross negligence, intentional misconduct, or wanton/willful injury.
Our truck accident attorneys in New Castle are prepared to seek all possible forms of compensation on your behalf. We understand just how devastating truck accidents are, both for victims and their families, and we work tirelessly to help ensure you recover every penny you are owed.
Talk to Our Truck Accident Lawyers Today
We invite you to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our attorneys today. With several offices located throughout Western Pennsylvania, we serve clients in New Castle, Beaver Falls, Butler, Ellwood City, Cranberry Township, and all of the surrounding areas. Our firm offers personal injury legal services on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not pay any attorney fees or litigation-related costs unless we recover a settlement or verdict on your behalf.
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