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A Tractor-Trailer Slammed Into Me While I Was Stopped in Traffic. What Can I Do?

The Law & You
May 10, 2018

The Law and You

A Tractor-Trailer Slammed Into Me While I Was Stopped in Traffic. What Can I Do?

A viewer was injured when a tractor-trailer slammed into a car when she came to a stop. Is she at fault for the accident? Philadelphia truck accident attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli tell her what her legal options are.

Dave Kuharchik: Talking about an Interstate 80 crash in this edition of “The Law & You.” Back with us as always is attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli.

Ed Ciarimboli: Greg loves this warm weather.

Greg Fellerman: I love it.

Dave: He’s happier than I’ve seen him in a long time.

Greg: And I just drove on Route 80 and this is a very appropriate question.

Dave: It is. Always issues on Interstates 80 and 81. We’ll address 80 today in this question. Lydia in Bloomsburg says, “I was involved in a pileup crash on Route 80. I was injured when a tractor-trailer slammed into me when I came to a stop. Was I at fault? What do I need to do?” So Lydia is questioning if she had anything to do with it.

Ed: Lydia, you certainly weren’t at fault. The rule in Pennsylvania and in most states is that you must be able to bring your vehicle within what’s called the insured clear distance ahead, meaning that you must be able to bring it to a stop within the distance you can see ahead. Obviously, if the tractor-trailer is following too closely to you and you put your brakes on because there’s something in the roadway and they slam into you, certainly it’s no fault of yours if this particular crash happened. We always talk about the crash happened, it’s figuring out why the crash happened. What were the reasons behind it? Was the driver fatigued? Was the driver speeding? Was this at night? Was this he/she overdriving their headlights? These are a lot of the critical factors you really need to jump on in order to analyze why the crash happened and whether it was preventable or not.

Greg: And these tractor-trailer crashes are so prevalent. Truck traffic on 80 is staggering. I couldn’t believe how much traffic you encounter. Most of them drive very safely but you can see how this happens on 80, 81, the turnpike, 380. There are just a lot of traffic. Obviously, so everyone pay attention, listen to what Ed said on “The Law & You,” he’s right. But those cases, you definitely need to have an attorney involved ASAP. Trucking companies have them working for them.

Ed: It’s the law of averages. You just think about it. The roads aren’t getting any bigger and you’re putting more traffic on the roads. Of course, there’s going to be increased traffic, there’s going to be increased crashes.

Dave: And these guys are here to help. Don’t forget, results matter. Attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli. Guys, we’ll see you next time.

Ed: Thank you.

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