When you are on the roadway, we know you do everything you can to drive safely. However, when you are around larger trucks, you are probably extra vigilant. These vehicles can cause serious injuries when they are involved in crashes.
At SMT Legal, we want to discuss when you may need a truck accident attorney in Pittsburgh, PA to secure compensation after a crash. Recently, there has been a rise in heavy truck crashes in our area, so we want to discuss what that means for you.
Truck Crashes Can Cause Major Injuries
A recent news story highlights that there has been an increase in truck crashes in the Four County area. Jim Mean, the Wharton Township supervisor, says that in his area, “It’s tripled compared to what it used to be.” He also suspects he knows why the traffic is increasing.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has been raising tolls on motorists. While most of us saw an increase of 6% in the toll hit in January, truckers are required to pay much more.
A five-axle vehicle driver is required to pay $36.80 in cash or $25.80 if they have an E-ZPass to travel Route 43 from the Pennsylvania-West Virginia border to the Jefferson Hills stop.
Junior Cleaver, a branch manager of Cumberland Truck Parts, says, “It does add up.”
Because of these high tolls, many truckers choose alternative routes, which are increasing crashes in this area of Pennsylvania.
Truck crashes can cause serious injuries. These vehicles can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Compare that to an average 4,000-pound passenger vehicle and you can see why the incidents are so bad. It is not uncommon for us to see the following in the aftermath of a truck crash:
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations or amputations
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Each of these injuries requires immediate medical care. In many cases, truck crash victims need extensive rehabilitation in order for them to make a full recovery. If they miss work and lose their income, their families can become financially strained.
Unfortunately, many heavy truck crashes are caused due to driver negligence or poor truck maintenance. If a driver or truck company is responsible for causing crash injuries, they need to be held accountable.
How We Can Help
There are few things scarier than being involved in a crash with a large commercial truck. These vehicles can cause major damages and injuries. If a negligent truck driver or truck company has caused you or a loved one harm, SMT Legal is ready to help.
Our qualified and experienced team will step in and work to secure the compensation you deserve. This can include:
- Your medical expenses related to the incident
- Lost income and benefits if you are unable to work
- Pain and suffering/loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Punitive damages against those responsible (truck driver/truck company)