An accident involving a tractor-trailer recently shut down Interstate 476 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, leaving drivers stranded on the interstate during rush hour. The driver of the tractor-trailer suffered injuries from the crash.
Truck accidents can lead to devastating outcomes, especially when a tractor-trailer collides with a passenger vehicle. Due to decreased stopping ability and the sheer weight of tractor-trailers, truck accidents have a high rate of serious injury and death. If you are the victim of a tractor-trailer accident–or if you have lost a loved one to an accident involving a tractor-trailer–it’s important to know the rights and remedies that are available to you.
Additional Complexities in a Truck Accident Case
Personal injury cases involving tractor-trailers can be very complex. In contrast to drivers of ordinary passenger vehicles, truck drivers are subject to a large set of rules and regulations governing everything from safety inspections of trucks before long hauls to how long a truck driver can operate a tractor-trailer at one time. An attorney who takes on a truck accident case must know these regulations backward and forward, as a violation can make or break a truck accident case.
Additional regulations aren’t the only factor that adds to the complexity of a truck accident case. These cases often involve multiple at-fault parties. In addition to the truck driver, a victim of a tractor-trailer accident may also be able to recover financial compensation from the owner of the tractor-trailer, the individuals who repaired the truck, people who loaded the truck (or their employer), and even the company whose load the truck was hauling.
Because tractor-trailer accidents have the potential to be very complex, finding an attorney with plenty of experience in handling truck accident cases is key.
Recoverable Compensation in Truck Accident Cases
If you have been involved in an accident involving a tractor-trailer, you may be eligible to receive compensation for the injuries that you sustained. A successful personal injury case can result in financial compensation to offset costs such as:
- Medical expenses such as hospital stays, surgical expenses, and rehabilitative therapy;
- Costs of long-term care if you are left permanently disabled after your accident;
- Income that you have lost as a result of being unable to work after your accident; and
- Loss of earning capacity if you are permanently unable to work as a result of your accident.
In addition to the factors listed above, a personal injury action can provide compensation for losses that can’t be quantified into a dollar amount. Victims of tractor-trailer accidents can also be entitled to financial compensation for:
- Physical pain suffered during and after the accident;
- Emotional anguish related to the accident; and
- Loss of consortium as a result of the accident.
Gilman & Bedigian’s team of personal injury attorneys are dedicated to assisting victims of automobile injuries in recovering the compensation they deserve. By limiting our practice to personal injury and medical malpractice cases, our attorneys are able to focus on working to achieve an outcome both favorable and fair to our clients. To speak with a member of our legal team about your accident, contact our office today.