Philadelphia Truck Accident Attorneys
Over $2 Billion Awarded on Behalf of Our Injured Clients
At The Beasley Firm, we've seen first-hand just how devastating truck accidents can be. These massive vehicles are heavily regulated, but that has not prevented thousands of people from being catastrophically injured or killed by driver error, vehicle defects, and trucking company negligence.
Since 1958, our truck accident lawyers in Philadelphia have fought to ensure that the victims of truck driver negligence receive full and fair compensation for the physical, emotional, and financial injuries they suffer.
We have successfully obtained settlements and jury verdicts for victims of:
- Tractor-trailer / big rig / semi-truck accidents
- Garbage truck accidents
- Dump truck accidents
Our team is reliable, dedicated, and compassionate. We prepare every case for trial and we do what it takes to win.
Our team is ready to help you today. Call (215) 866-2424 to schedule a free consultation.
Why Us? We Have a History of Successfully Handling Truck Accident Lawsuits
The Beasley Firm has the experience you need to win. We recently obtained a $3.5 million settlement for the estate of a young woman killed in Pennsylvania by a tractor-trailer. We also obtained a $1.6 million settlement for the estate of man killed almost instantly in New Jersey by a dump truck rear-ending his vehicle.
Watch our video to learn about our truck accident practice.
Keep reading to learn more about:
- What is the Value of My Truck Accident Case?
- Who Can Be Held Liable for My Truck Accident?
- Regulations in the Trucking Industry
What to Do After a Trucking Collision
A serious truck accident can put you or your loved one in the hospital for several weeks. During that time, the trucking company and their attorneys are doing everything they can to minimize their responsibility for your injuries. You can help give your case every advantage by following these steps:
- Take photos of everything that relates to your accident, including your injuries and vehicle.
- Write down everything you can remember about the accident as soon as possible.
- Avoid speaking with the other party's insurance company and definitely don't accept a settlement offer.
- Contact a trucking accident lawyer as soon as you can to ensure your case is properly represented.
The Philadelphia truck accident lawyers at The Beasley Firm have seen our fair share of accidents caused by semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, delivery trucks, and common carriers in Pennsylvania. In addition to our extensive experience, we utilize medical and financial experts to determine the full impact an injury has on our client's life and how much compensation they deserve resulting in more than $2 billion in verdicts and settlements over the past five decades.
Determining the Value of a Truck Accident Case
Since no two truck accident lawsuits are the same, you need an experienced attorney to evaluate all aspects of your case in order to assign a monetary value to your claim. These factors include:
- The total amount of your medical bills
- Lost wages
- The severity of your injuries
- Loss of companionship
- Pain and suffering
- Lost future income and earning ability
- Decreased quality of life
Who is Liable for a Truck Accident?
Determining liability in a truck accident requires speed, experience, and determination. At The Beasley Firm, we will work tirelessly to identify which parties can be held responsible for your injuries and how much you can pursue in damages.
The following are the most common parties liable for semi-truck collisions:
- Driver. A driver can be held liable if they are speeding, tailgating, texting, under the influence, or driving while fatigued. Fault also depends on whether or not the driver is an employee or an independent contractor.
- Trucking company. If the owner of the tractor-trailer acted negligently, they may be held responsible. Many times companies place unrealistic expectations on drivers, forcing them to ignore federal rules and regulations. An overworked driver is more likely to cause an accident than one who gets the recommended seven hours of sleep.
- Person who leased the truck. If someone is leasing the truck, they can be held liable in place of the owner.
- Third-party maintenance and repair company. If the trucking company hires a third-party to maintain their trucks, they may be at fault if they are negligent during their inspections.
- Manufacturer. A poorly designed tire that explodes in the middle of a highway and causes an accident may be the fault of the manufacturer.
- Cargo shipper/loader. Improperly loaded and overloaded cargo can make it harder for a driver to properly control their truck. Whoever was in charge of loading or shipping the cargo may be held liable.
The Beasley Firm will perform an extensive investigation to determine if one or more party is responsible for the negligence that caused your injuries. In many cases, we can file a personal injury lawsuit against more than one party in order to recover the full amount of compensation that our clients deserve.
Contact our Philadelphia trucking collision attorneys today for a free consultation.
What If the Truck Driver/Company Denies Liability?
It's not uncommon for the truck driver who hit you, or the company that employs them, to deny that they are at fault for your injuries. Why? Because truck accidents are costly to insurance companies.
A truck accident often results in hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damages, including bodily injury and property damage. When the truck driver or trucking company acted negligently, their own insurer is on the line to pay these high settlements.
When insurance companies try to deny liability for truck accidents, our powerful team of litigators is prepared to defend your claim, by:
- Performing expert accident reconstructions
- Preserving "black box" data
- Working with police, state highway, and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators to ensure no stone is left unturned in the civil and criminal investigations
- Determining when a violation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) occurred
- Using forensic data to prove violations of the hours-of-service regulations, even in cases where the truck driver has falsified their logbook
Did the Truck Driver Violate Federal Regulations?
In an attempt to prevent serious crashes involving large commercial trucks, tractor-trailers, big rigs, and semi-trucks, there are various regulations set forth by the United States Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. These are designed to keep the safety of the truck driver and all others on the road in mind.
Two of the most important regulations involve the maximum weight of the truck and the way the trailer is loaded, as well as the Hours of Service regulations. When drivers violate these regulations, they leave themselves and others susceptible to serious crashes.
However, it’s important to know what these regulations mean, who can violate them, and how they can cause a collision:
Commercial trucks are large in and of themselves. When they are carrying extensive amounts of cargo, they can reach massive weights. It’s important to know, though, that these trucks and trailers should not exceed a combined 80,000 pounds. When they are overloaded, they can cause problems with other parts of the truck, as well as make it difficult to control or stop the truck. When too much weight is in the trailer, stopping becomes more difficult and it can result in brake failure or some other part on the truck breaking, including the hitch. Overloaded trucks are also responsible for numerous jackknifes.
Proper Cargo Loading
It is also possible to improperly load a trailer by making one side heavier than the other. This becomes especially dangerous when the truck has to make certain turns in which the heavier side of the trailer is making the bend. The heavier cargo could cause the trailer to turn over, landing it on its side and putting anyone nearby at risk of injury, as well as the truck driver. It is the responsibility of the trucking company owner, the driver, and the cargo loader to make sure the trailer is properly loaded. In some cases, the cargo might be purposely overloaded in order to deliver more products. This is dangerous to do.
Hours of Service
Depending on the type of truck being driven, the driver is only allowed to operate the vehicle for a certain number of hours before they must take a break. For instance, if they are transporting cargo, they may only drive a maximum of 11 hours after they have been off duty for 10 consecutive hours. By implementing these Hours of Service regulations, it prevents the truck driver from driving while fatigued, which increases the risk of a crash. However, often due to tight deadlines and trucking companies wanting to deliver beyond expectations, drivers may be encouraged to violate these regulations while also altering their driver’s logs in order to reflect the time.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, please contact our team through our online form, or call us at (215) 866-2424. We offer free consultations.
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