Easton Truck Accident Attorneys
Semi-Truck Crash Claims in the Lehigh Valley
Pennsylvania is a very dangerous state when it comes to truck accidents. In 2019, heavy trucks were involved in 7,039 crashes statewide, 122 of which were fatal, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). Total crashes involving heavy trucks in 2018 were the highest since 2015, yet more deaths were associated with truck accidents overall in 2019.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a semi-truck accident in Pennsylvania, chances are you are dealing with immense pain, stress, and costly medical bills. Truck accidents tend to be very devastating, especially for any vehicle or person involved aside from the truck and its driver. Victims often face a long road to recovery and deserve to be compensated for their losses.
At Meshkov & Breslin, we will fight for you if you have been involved in a truck accident in Pennsylvania. Our truck accident attorneys in Easton have the skill and experience required to obtain the maximum compensation available to you so that you can rest assured that all of your accident-related expenses—now and into the future—will be taken care of.
Get the compensation you deserve. Call Meshkov & Breslin now at (610) 285-1963 to start your truck accident claim.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
One of the most crucial aspects of your truck accident claim will be uncovering the cause of the accident beyond a reasonable doubt. Numerous factors can contribute to a semi-truck wreck; in order to back up your claim, you will need to present evidence showing exactly how the crash that caused your injuries occurred.
Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
- Driver fatigue: Truck drivers are expected to work long shifts and make tight deadlines, which can lead to them driving for hours on end without breaks or sleep.
- Speeding: Truckers under pressure may drive over the speed limit in order to make a delivery on time, putting other motorists at risk.
- Mechanical failures: A mechanical defect or improper maintenance may lead to engine failure, a tire blowout, or another event that leads to a collision.
- Improper loading: If a truck’s cargo is not loaded correctly, the truck could become difficult to operate and may even roll over.
- Truck blind spots: Semi-trucks have large blind spots, which sometimes leads truck drivers to hit smaller vehicles they are unable to see.
- Unfamiliar roads: Because truckers drive all across the country, they may at times become confused due to unfamiliar road signs or conditions, such as snow, that they don’t have much experience with.
Other common causes of truck accidents include distracted driving, impaired driving, lack of driver experience, poor road design, bad weather, and failure to obey traffic laws.
To best protect yourself and your truck accident claim, take pictures of the crash scene right after the accident takes place—if you are physically able to do so. Focus on property damage, bodily injuries, tire skid marks, debris, and any road or weather conditions that may have caused or contributed to the crash. Make sure to also call the police so they can file an accident report. The more documentation you have related to the crash, the more likely you are to win your case and receive adequate compensation.
Truck Accident Liability
Determining how exactly a truck accident happened is important because you want to make sure that you are holding the right person or organization accountable when you file a claim for compensation. However, identifying the at-fault party in a truck accident case tends to be more difficult than determining liability after other motor vehicle accidents.
When a car crash happens, you know to go after the at-fault driver’s insurance company in most cases. Yet, the person driving a truck is usually not the same person who owns, maintains, and loads the truck—these operations are all managed or performed by separate entities. Because of this, you must determine whether the truck accident was caused by driver error, mechanical failure, an unbalanced load, or something else before filing a claim for damages.
The following parties can be held liable for truck accidents in Pennsylvania:
- A truck driver
- A trucking company
- A loading company
- A truck’s manufacturer
- A truck component’s manufacturer
If you have been in a semi-truck accident, we strongly advise seeking legal help with liability. An experienced truck accident attorney knows how complicated determining liability can be in these cases and will have the resources needed to thoroughly investigate the crash.
Contact an Easton Truck Accident Lawyer Now
The legal team at Meshkov & Breslin is local, personable, and dedicated to getting Pennsylvania injury victims the just compensation they deserve after a catastrophic accident. We offer free, no-obligation consultations to all prospective clients, so we welcome your legal questions and concerns—reach out to us anytime for the compassionate and straightforward legal guidance you deserve. If you have suffered the loss of a loved one, we can also help you pursue justice through filing a wrongful death claim against the responsible party.