Tractor trailer accidents are among the most devastating to experience. If you have been involved in such an accident, you unfortunately understand firsthand how difficult it can be to recoup from catastrophic injuries that are often a result of just such accidents. From spinal damage to traumatic brain injuries and other horrible afflictions, the road to recovery can be long, difficult and paved with legal procedures that you know little to nothing about. Trust SMT Legal to handle the big insurance companies in the fallout of your tractor-trailer accident. We have a long history of helping accident victims just like you get the compensation to which they are entitled when the worst-case scenario occurs.
Who’s to Blame in Tractor-Trailer Accidents?
A thorough investigation to determine the cause of a tractor-trailer accident should be conducted immediately to prevent the loss of critical evidence. There are common factors that come into play in determining tractor-trailer accidents, which include:
- Driver Negligence – Distracted driving, driving under the influence (of alcohol or drugs, including prescription medications,) driving while fatigued or drowsy, failing to look when merging or changing lanes, and engaging in aggressive driving are all things that can put the tractor-trailer driver at fault.
- Tractor-Trailer Company Negligence – Employing unlicensed or inexperienced drivers, requiring drivers to spend too many hours behind the wheel, failing to maintain their vehicles, overloading their tractor-trailers, and improperly loading cargo into the tractor-trailers are all contributing factors that may result in the tractor-trailer company being found liable in the case of an accident.
- Repair/Maintenance Shop Negligence – Faulty brake jobs, negligent transmission repairs, and improper tire inflation are just a few examples of how inadequate maintenance and repairs can lead to tractor-trailer accidents.
- Road Construction/Maintenance Negligence – Potholes, low shoulders, ice and snow accumulations, inadequate safety barriers, and construction debris left on the roadway are all things that may result in an accident.
- Passenger Vehicle Driver Negligence – A passenger vehicle driver’s insurance will often be found liable for any accident-related losses if the driver put a tractor-trailer driver in a position where they couldn’t avoid a collision.
Statute of Limitations
Despite your injuries, the state of Pennsylvania limits the time that you have to file a claim against the at-fault party in your case. This period of time is two years. Once two years pass, you no longer have the option of collecting damages in your case. For this reason, it is imperative that you get your claim filed in a timely manner or risk losing out altogether on your personal injury claim.