Learn Why Commercial Truck Accident Cases Are Different Than Other Car Crashes
Most people don’t know that trucking companies often have separate insurance policies representing the tractor, the trailer, and the driver. Since most trucks are owned by large corporations, you are not only fighting them, but maybe several insurance companies as well. Tractor trailer crashes are different than car accidents — and the lawyer you choose must know the differences when preparing your case.
How often have you been traveling in your car or small truck and seen a tractor-trailer closing in on you with frightening speed? Or found yourself between two large 18-wheelers on I-79, I-90, or I-80, white knuckles on your steering wheel, hoping that the truck just outside your window knows you’re there?
Your fear is justified. U.S. Federal Highway Administration statistics show that in 2008, nearly 75 percent of the 4,229 fatalities resulting from truck crashes were drivers or passengers in cars that were involved in a collision with a truck. With the average weight of a Honda Accord being around 3,300 pounds and a loaded freight carrier or big rig often weighing more than 70,000 pounds, the results of a big truck crash can be catastrophic.
If you or someone close to you has been involved in a truck accident, it’s important to contact a lawyer with truck accident experience. An experienced Pennsylvania truck accident attorney will: 1) talk to specialists who know about truck accidents and who might be able to give you information to build your case, 2) understand your case and be able to fight the insurance companies for a fair settlement for the damages and other harm caused to you and your family, 3) know the law that applies to your case, which includes federal and local laws and regulations that apply to insurance companies and the trucking industry, and 4) ensure that the evidence in your case is collected and available to you to support your claim.
In sum, experienced Pennsylvania truck accident lawyers, like the ones at Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C., will fight for you and help you recover fair and full damages caused by a commercial truck or 18-wheeler. If you have questions or want to meet with us, call 814-833-7100.