Pennsylvania Truck Accident Lawyer

With many vehicles on the highways and roads of Pennsylvania, accidents are sadly inevitable. There are many trucks that pass through this state, so it is not surprising that they are involved in several accidents. Unfortunately, this also means that the injuries sustained from these accidents are more likely to be serious or fatal, as trucks are so much bigger and heavier than other vehicles on the road.

Between 1996 and 2000, nearly 1,000 people died on the roads of Pennsylvania as the result of truck-related accidents. Additionally, there is a large number of injuries that were also sustained as the result of truck-related accidents in Pennsylvania. And today, these accidents continue to occur, and can happen for a variety of reasons.

Aside from their massive size, there are a few other danger associated with large trucks co-existing on roadways. "No-Zones", "squeeze plays", stopping distance and "off-track" are things that can cause significant danger on the road.

"No-Zones" are blind spots that are located around the front back and sides of the truck. When a car is within the No-Zone, the truck driver is typically unable to see it.

A "squeeze play" is a name used to describe a truck drivers need to swing right or left in order to maneuver a turn. When a turn is in progress, the trucker driver is unable to see cars directly behind or besides them. A car driving between a truck and a curb are liable to be caught in a "squeeze" that could result in a serious accident.

Stopping distance is important because big trucks need a greater stopping distance than regular sized vehicles. If there is not enough space between a car and truck, the car may be in danger of being involved in a rear-ending accident.

"Off-track" occurs when a truck makes a turn at high speeds and jumps into the next lane unexpectedly. This can result in the truck not having enough room between the car and itself to maneuver a proper abrupt stop if necessary.

If you have been the victim of a truck-related accident and you sustained injuries or damages, you could make a claim for compensation. Likewise, if a family member has been killed as the result of a truck-related accident in Pennsylvania, you may also be entitled to a claim. In either event, however, it is vital that you seek assistance from a Pennsylvania truck accident lawyer as soon as possible to maximize your chances of eligibility.

There are a number of factors that could affect your eligibility to make a claim, from trucking regulations to statutes in operation in Pennsylvania. An experienced Pennsylvania truck accident lawyer will be well versed in the possible restrictions, and hopefully get you the compensation that you deserve.

A thorough investigation of the truck accident must be performed immediately and accurately to establish the fault of another party. An examination of the scene, the vehicles involved and taking statements from witnesses of the accident will be key. Nothing from the scene of the accident should be altered. Because trucking companies will send their own investigators to assess the scene it is vitally important to hire a lawyer who will get the ball rolling on the investigation to establish liability and damage.

You can often get a free initial consultation with a Pennsylvania truck accident lawyer in order to ask questions and see what kind of case you may have. You may wish to contact a lawyer by using the locator feature on the American Bar Association (ABA) website.

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