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Fatal Truck Accidents

fatal truck accident lawyers fellerman and ciarimboliWhen 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, Wilkes-Barre, and Scranton 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?

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The truck manufacturer: Was there a defect in the truck that should have been caught by the manufacturer?

Other parties that could be held responsible include the company that maintains the truck, the leaseholder on the vehicle, the company that loaded the tractor-trailer, and any other drivers who may have been involved in the accident.

Remember, the trucking companies will do anything it can to make sure the blame for the accident rests on your shoulders. But with our Philadelphia attorneys by your side, you will not be bullied by powerful interests.

What to Do I Need to Prove Wrongful Death?

After any type of an accident, your next steps are crucial to your case, especially in a wrongful death claim. For your claim to be a success, you need to answer the following questions:

  • Did negligence play a part in the accident?
  • Because the driver and/or trucking company were negligent, did it cause the accident?
  • Can you prove that negligence caused the death?
  • And finally, you need to show the death of your loved one had caused a financial strain on your family.

This can be difficult to prove which is why it's important to have evidence from. This is why it's important to get an experienced fatal truck accident lawyer as soon as possible to assist you in collecting evidence, speaking with the insurance company, and fighting on your behalf in the courtroom.

How Our Philly Fatal Truck Accident Lawyers Can Help

Once you hire a Philadelphia, Wilkes-Barre, or Scranton truck accident lawyer at Fellerman & Ciarimboli, our investigators will get to work on your behalf. To make sure the responsible parties are held accountable, our truck accident attorneys will need to conduct a thorough investigation of the accident scene. They will make sure photographs are taken of the scene, the evidence is collected, witnesses are contacted, and the copy of the police report is secured. We will speak with the insurance company and take on the trucking company to make sure you're properly compensated for your loss.

At Fellerman & Ciarimboli, we understand how difficult this time can be. But the longer you wait, the harder it will be to get the compensation you deserve. Now is the time to act. If you lost a loved one in a fatal truck accident in Philadelphia, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, or anywhere in Pennsylvania, it's time to pick up the phone and contact the fatal truck accident lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli now for a free consultation. We fight for the injured and we will fight for you.

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