Large trucks, big rigs, tractor trailers and other commercial vehicles are often involved in horrible accidents on the road. Commercial vehicle accidents can be nothing short of horrific, since these trucks are generally larger than most standard passenger vehicles and thus harder to control, more difficult to stop, and capable of hitting with much more force than smaller cars, trucks and SUVs. If you have been involved in a commercial vehicle accident, then you may know firsthand the types of catastrophic injuries that can result. At SMT Legal, our compassionate attorneys have a history of helping accident victims rebuild their lives following terrible accidents. We fight tooth and nail for the rights of our clients, and we’re ready to help you file your commercial vehicle accident claim.
Causes of Commercial Vehicle Accidents
A number of factors can come into play when determining the cause of a commercial vehicle accident. Some of the most common causes include:
- Distracted driving, such as texting or watching videos while behind the wheel
- Aggressive driving, including the failure to signal when merging or changing lanes
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including prescription meds
- Driving for too many hours straight without taking time for rest
- Negligence by the company that owns the commercial vehicle
- Negligence by the maintenance shop the commercial vehicle company uses for repairs of its trucks
- Passenger vehicle drivers being distracted, aggressive, or otherwise causing the commercial vehicle driver to be unable to avoid a collision
Who’s To Blame in Commercial Vehicle Accidents?
Determining who’s to blame in a commercial vehicle accident depends on the circumstances surrounding the accident. Sometimes multiple parties might be to blame. A thorough investigation needs to be conducted immediately following an accident involving a commercial vehicle to determine who is at fault, before any evidence can be lost.
Getting Compensation for Your Injuries
If you’ve been injured by a collision with a commercial vehicle, no doubt you are entitled to some form of compensation. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you file your claim and fight on your behalf while you recover from your injuries. However, you’ll need to act quick, as Pennsylvania has a statute of limitations of only two years past the date of the accident for you to file your claim.
If you win your case, you will receive damages that will cover your medical bills, lost wages, and other financial costs you incurred resulting from your injury.