Personal Injury Lawyers Pittsburgh - SMA Law Group
Stewart, Murray and Associates Law Group (SMA Law Group) are experienced, aggressive and compassionate Personal Injury Attorneys and Criminal Lawyers serving Western Pennsylvania and the surrounding region. We represent clients injured in accidents as well as clients facing criminal charges and DUI charges in Pennsylvania.
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Pittsburgh Truck Accident Attorney

Truck, Bus & Commercial Vehicle Injuries

An accident involving a tractor trailer, bus or other commercial vehicle can cause serious physical injuries such as paralysis, whiplash, burns, intense back pain, broken bones, brain injuries or even death.

The road to recovery can be painfulΒ and cause many people to lose time at work, or lose their jobs completely, not to mention create a pile of medical bills.

If you or your loved one has been seriously injured or killed as a result of a commercial truck, bus or vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation for the physical injuries or emotional distress suffered.Β Our Pittsburgh Injury Lawyers can help.

Truck and bus drivers must use extreme caution and follow regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation when operating their vehicles. However, many times drivers do not take the proper precautions and can cause serious accidents resulting in permanent injuries or death.

A driver’s negligence or the negligence of the trucking or busing company should NOT be your responsibility.

That is why the personal injury attorneys at SMA Law Group are aggressive in their fight for getting you the money you deserve. Our attorneys are experienced in representing individuals involved in truck accidents, bus accidents and commercial vehicle accidents.

Our Pittsburgh Attorneys have a thorough understanding of the rules and guidelines truck drivers and the trucking industry are responsible for following and can help you build a strong case and fight for the compensation you deserve.

If you have been involved in an accident involving an 18-wheeler, commercial bus, school bus, greyhound bus, freight carrier, flatbed or a coal truck, contact our law firm for a free case evaluation. We can help minimize your stress by aggressively fighting the trucking company, insurance company or responsible party.

We offer free case evaluations and do not charge a fee unless we win your case.

We don’t get paid unless you get paid.
Contact us today for a free case evaluation.
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Common Causes Of Trucking Accidents

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), truck accidents are the fault of negligent truck drivers more often than they are caused by other factors, such as poor weather or road conditions. In addition, of accidents caused by a negligent truck driver, 44% involved a trucker who was taking over-the-counter drugs or prescription medication.

Many times the cause of an accident can be proved with the help of an aggressive and experienced legal firm. SMA Law Group will conduct a thorough review of your case to see if driver fatigue or other factors were the cause of the accident. Contact us today.

  • Overworked Drivers / Driver Fatigue. Oftentimes truck drivers are penalized for not making deliveries on time or are required by their company to adhere to strict schedules and work too many hours. Often it is the trucking company who is responsible for the driver being overworked and therefore not as alert as they should be. Driver fatigue can seriously impact the ability of the driver, causing him or her to misjudge distances, miss traffic signals, overreact or under react to situations or even fall asleep at the wheel.
  • Excessive Speed. 23% of truck accidents where the truck drivers were at fault are caused by excessive speed. Because large trucks require a longer distance to come to a stop than passenger automobiles, speed is a significant factor in truck accidents. Stopping distance can be even longer when a truck is fully loaded.
  • Distracted Drivers / Cell Phone Use. Using a handheld cell phone while driving any motor vehicle is illegal, as is texting or sending or receiving messages of any kind (such as through Facebook on a smart phone). Other factors could also distract drivers resulting in an accident.
  • Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs. Unfortunately because some drivers are required to work long hours the use of prescription drugs or over-the-counter drugs are often used by drivers. While federal regulations require regular random drug testing by trucking companies, these tests can be defeated.
  • Inexperienced Drivers. If a new driver is on the road and has not received enough training they run a risk of causing an accident. In this case, the trucking company may be at fault for hiring inexperienced drivers or not providing adequate training for their drivers.
  • Poor Equipment and/or Maintenance. There are requirements that commercial vehicles must adhere to when maintaining their trucks and equipment. However, lots of short cuts are made within the industry to allow trucks to run longer without pre-trip inspections. If tires or brakes or other equipment are not properly maintained, the trucking company or truck driver may be found at fault for the accident.
  • Overloaded Trucks or Poorly Secured Loads. If a truck is not properly secured and its loose load causes you to have an accident, the trucking company or driver could be found at fault. In addition, if the truck is overloaded this can play a part in the truck’s stopping distance, causing the truck driver to not be able to brake in time.
  • Poor Weather Conditions. Truckers are required by The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to take special precautions when driving in rain, fog, snow, sleet or icy conditions or other types of poor weather. If they do not, they can be found at fault for the accident.
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Who Is At Fault In Trucking Accidents?

Several parties could potentially be responsible for the cause of a truck or commercial vehicle accident, which is why it takes an experienced legal team to get to the source of the problem. Depending on the cause of the accident, any of the following parties could be found responsible:

  • The truck driver
  • The truck company or owner of the truck or trailer or the person or company that the truck was leased from
  • The truck manufacturer or the manufacturer of the faulty equipment
  • The company responsible for loading the truck’s cargo.

Because so many different parties could be involved, the insurance companies of each of these parties will blame the other party. This is why it is important to have experienced and aggressive attorneys on your side, like SMA Law Group, who will fight to ensure that the responsible party is held accountable.

If you have been injured in a truck accident, call for a free legal case evaluation immediately. The more time that lapses, the more difficult it will be to build a strong and winnable case.

SMA Law Group – The Difference Makers

At Stewart, Murray and Associates Law Group we do not charge any fees to victims of truck accidents unless we win their case. We are compassionate personal injury attorneys who are here to listen and understand your circumstances and then answer your questions and give you good legal advice.

We understand how serious damages from a truck, bus or commercial vehicle accident can be and we will aggressively fight the insurance companies for the compensation you deserve. We are experienced at winning truck injury cases and we know how to navigate the legal system to get the best possible outcome for our clients. We have a team of lawyers, investigators, and field experts who work together to build a strong case for our clients.

We are successful because our attorneys have had the experience of working on both sides of trucking accident cases for plaintiffs as well as defendants. This has given us an advantage in representing our clients against the insurance companies that are part of these claims and actions. Our attorneys are not just here to collect a paycheck – we are here to make a difference.

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Date published: 2019-04-25
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SMA Law Group attorneys believe in aggressively representing our clients while maintaining the personal compassion needed when counseling clients through difficult situations and navigating a complex legal system. Contact us today.

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