Greg and Ed answer a question from a caller who was cut off on Route 80 by a tractor-trailer and subsequently crashed his car. The caller took the license plate and name of the trucking company, and reported the information to the state police, but has not yet heard back. The caller wants to know what next steps he should take and whether or not he has a case.
Dave Kuharchik: Our topic today is a tractor trailer accident. We’ll get to the bottom of this legal situation in just a moment. In the meantime, let me introduce our resident attorneys here on “The Law & You,” Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli. Guys, how are you?
Ed Ciarimboli: We’re doing just fine Dave, how about you?
Dave: Good, did you like the introduction?
Ed: I loved it!
Dave: It was just time to mix it up. Let’s get to our question. This involves a serious accident from Tom in Towanda, “I was driving down Route 80 and a large tractor-trailer cut me off and I crashed my car. I was injured and so was my passenger. I gave the license plate and the name of the tractor-trailer company. I didn’t hear back from the state police yet. What should I do and do I have a case?” Sounds like Tom did the right thing and reported it to the state police.
Ed: You did Tom. To answer your question very directly of “Do you have a case,” it is yes. Moving forward from that, the type of case that you have is very complicated. There are insurance regulations in regards to tractor-trailers; There’s a mandatory minimum amount of insurance that they have to have. If you have the name of the trucking company, then you can track down who insured that trucking company as well. It’s very technical stuff; You really need to pick up the phone and get in touch with a lawyer who handles these. We’ve handled a bunch of these cases and they can become really technical issues, aside from your injuries, in terms of your medical insurance. We’ve seen just this week three tractor-trailer accidents on 81. They’re very prevalent this time of year.
Greg Fellerman: The good news is you have the state police involved; They’re hopefully running down the leads, which they are very good at. If they get the company and they get the right license plate, then you have a shot against this company. If they don’t, you’ve got to make sure you have uninsured motorist coverage on your policy because that would then become a phantom vehicle. You have to immediately report it to your insurance company regardless of any investigation; Let them know you’re in an accident, let them know everything you’ve said, and then let everything play out. You definitely need to talk to a lawyer on this one.
Dave: You guys are right because a couple of days ago, on that accident, Tuesday night the tractor-trailer driver was sided by police for tailing too close; You never know. If you need some legal direction or advice, I know these guys are available to you. How can our viewers reach you?
Greg: They can call us at 570-714-HURT or find us on the web at 714hurt.com
Ed: Just be vigilant out there when your on the road. We have more tractor-trailers than any other corridor in the country so the truck traffic is not going to get less.
Greg: 80, 81, Turnpike, 84, they’re everywhere.
Ed: It’s crazy.
Dave: All you can do is drive defensively and keep your eyes on the road. Results matter with attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli. Guys, thanks so much.
Greg and Ed: Thanks see you tomorrow.
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