Are commercial trucks regulated?
Yes, we’re well-versed in Pennsylvania and federal trucking accident laws and regulations, including Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations. FMCSA regulations apply to commercial vehicles, like 18-wheelers in the U.S.
Should I talk to the insurance company?
No, you shouldn’t answer questions or give a statement to a trucking company’s insurer. You’re better off protecting your privacy and rights. Hire a lawyer to communicate with the insurer and provide it with all the proof it needs.
Is the truck driver at fault?
Possibly. A trucker could be at fault for a crash if they were careless or reckless behind the wheel. However, it’s rare for us to try and hold a truck driver solely liable. Instead, we usually pursue compensation from a trucking company or manufacturer.
How does an insurer or court determine fault?
Because you’re bringing the truck accident case, you have to prove fault. Atlee Hall does this through evidence, including:
- The police crash report
- Eyewitness statements
- Electronic data from the truck itself
- Expert testimony
An insurer or court will evaluate the evidence to determine whether another person or business was negligent, which may involve a violation of a state or federal trucking regulation.
What happens if I was at fault?
Never admit that you were at fault or say you think you were partly at fault. There may be many things that caused or contributed to a crash. Instead, call a truck accident lawyer in PA who will investigate, gather evidence, and find out what happened and why.
If you contributed to the crash, you might still recover compensation. Under Pennsylvania’s modified comparative fault rule, you can receive compensation if you’re 50% or less responsible, but your percentage of fault reduces your recovery.
Truck Accident Damages & Setting Things Right
If you’re hurt in an accident that was someone else’s fault, Pennsylvania law gives you the right to demand justice. In today’s world, that means receiving compensation for your injuries.
A truck accident settlement or court award is meant to make you whole, but they also serve a second purpose. Legal victories push truckers and trucking companies to clean up their act.
Recovering What You Lost
Through a personal injury claim, you can demand compensation for your injuries. You may be entitled to:
- Economic Damages: Your monetary expenses and losses, including medical bills, lost income, reduced earning capacity, and out-of-pocket expenses.
- Non-Economic Damages: Your intangible injuries, including pain and suffering, scarring, disfigurement, embarrassment, humiliation, and loss of enjoyment of life.
- Wrongful Death & Survival Damages: A spouse, child, or parent may recover wrongful death compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses, estate expenses, and the loss of their relative’s financial and emotional support. An estate can recover survival damages based on the deceased person’s pain and suffering and lost earnings.
- Loss of Consortium: This compensation is for a spouse who has lost their husband or wife’s services, support, comfort, companionship, assistance, and sexual relationships.
At Atlee Hall, our job is to hold negligent trucking companies accountable and make things better for you. We go above and beyond to assess the value of your damages and paint a vivid portrait of what you need to set things right.
How to Prove Trucking Negligence
We believe in being trial-ready, even if we may negotiate a settlement on your behalf. One of our truck accident lawyers will carefully investigate, document, and build your case. We have years of experience and a record of success in using compelling evidence and arguments to win truck accident cases.