When you get into an accident with a tractor-trailer, the results are usually horrific. You will be left with severe injuries that will affect the quaily of your life for years to come. In most cases, a truck accident can be fatal. If your loved one dies in a fatal truck accident, do you know what you should do next?
You pick up the phone and contact the Philadelphia truck accident lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli. For decades, our tractor-trailer accident attorneys have been helping families across Philadelphia, Scranton, and Wilkes-Barre pick up the pieces after a fatal truck accident. With more than $25 million in truck accident verdicts and settlements, our attorneys will fight for your rights and to receive the justice your family deserves after a tractor-trailer crash.
By the Numbers: Fatal Truck Accidents in PA
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, in 2017 there were 128,188 reportable motor vehicle accidents in the state, claiming the lives of 1,137 people. That equates to one fatality every eight hours on average. Of those who lost their lives, 155 had died in truck accidents.
Most of these fatal accidents occurred on state highways – roads maintained by the state and not designed for interstate travel. And the primary factors involved in these crashes were mechanical errors. According to PennDOT, tires and brakes were the reasons for many of the fatal injury crashes in the Keystone State in 2017.
Who Can Be Held Responsible?
Truck accidents are different than a normal motor vehicle accident because there may be many parties who were responsible for your loved one’s death. The three main parties are as follows:
The truck driver: Was the truck driver at fault for the accident? Did his/her actions cause the crash? Could the accident have been avoided if the driver had reacted differently?
The trucking company: Was the truck properly maintained? Did the driver have the proper training? Did the company cut corners and got defective parts for the vehicle?