Not Another Tractor-Trailer Accident: Who Can be Held Responsible for a Trucking Accident?

Yet another major trucking accident involving a tractor-trailer has occurred on Interstate 80 near Tannersville this week. The Monroe County Control Center said the crash occurred around 5 AM, shutting down a portion of the interstate and snarling up traffic for hours. One person died and five others were sent to a local hospital for further evaluation.

Unfortunately, fatal accidents involving tractor-trailers, semi-trucks, and heavy trucks are all too common along major Pennsylvania interstates and roadways. According to a report from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), there were 6,740 truck-related accidents in 2016. 139 of these accidents were fatal. 27.5% of truck-related accidents occurred on interstate highways, while 55.1% of these types of accidents occurred on other state highways.

If you or someone you know find yourself in a trucking accident like this, what should you do? First, you should know that the process of collecting damages from the at-fault party can be difficult. That is why you should contact an experienced truck accident attorney to help you navigate through the legal process.

In most instances, a claim will be filed against the truck driver and the company who owns the vehicle. There are other parties that you and your attorney could claim damages from as well, such as the company leasing the truck, owner of the leasing company, owner of the trailer (if attached), and the truck’s manufacturer.

The main factor in your claim is about finding negligence, but it just depends on who the negligent party is. Negligence can be determined by the following items, such as:

  • Speeding
  • Reckless driving
  • Improper vehicle inspections
  • Unfit hiring practices
  • Failure to provide proper training

When and if someone or some party is found liable for your trucking accident claim, what damages can you expect to receive? It’s all dependent on the injuries, damages, and losses you and your loved ones have suffered. In the case of the news story above, the family of the person who died will receive damages; along with the other drivers who were injured.

The family of the deceased will most likely be rewarded monetary amounts that will go towards emotional distress and future income lost. The injured individuals will receive value in terms or medical bills, income lost from missing work, the potential cost of therapy, and costs associated if a permanent injury was sustained.

Truck accident claims can be challenging for individuals and families who are already dealing with the injuries and losses that occurred as a result. The Fellerman & Ciarimboli Law Firm are here to make your lives easier and fight for the damages you so rightfully deserve. Contact our Firm today!

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