Mechanicsburg Truck Accident Lawyer
Ready to Help You Recover Your Entitled Compensation
Collisions involving semi-trucks and tractor-trailers are significantly more devastating than car accidents. Because of how massive in size and weight commercial trucks are compared to non-commercial motor vehicles, the injuries associated with a truck accident can be catastrophic and fatal. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a truck accident, you need to hire an experienced personal injury attorney to help you obtain financial compensation and ensure you make the best possible recovery from injury, secure long-term or even permanent medical care and treatment, as well as pay you for any other type of loss stemming from the crash.
At The Law Office of Jason R. Carpenter, we understand how complex truck accident claims can be and we are not afraid to go toe-to-toe with the trucking company and its insurer inside and outside the courtroom. Our legal team can investigate the accident, collect and analyze the evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and help you maximize your entitled compensation.
Call (717) 537-0928 or fill out our online contact form today to request a free case evaluation.
Determining Who is Liability for a Truck Accident
Commercial truck accidents are different from crashes involving non-commercial vehicles because they may involve multiple parties, besides the negligent driver. In order to obtain the most favorable outcome in your case, you must hold the correct party responsible for the accident, your injuries, and other losses.
The following are all the potential parties that can be held responsible after a truck accident:
- Truck driver – A trucker may have caused a collision due to negligent driving behaviors, such as speeding, distracted driving, fatigued driving, or even driving while impaired, which means they could potentially face criminal charges as well. A truck is also responsible for conducting inspections to ensure their rig is adequately maintained and the cargo is properly loaded. Lastly, some truckers are independent contractors, which means they may be solely liable for the crash.
- Trucking company – The carrier that hires a truck driver can be held liable for the trucker’s actions. It is not uncommon for trucking companies to encourage their truckers to make faster deliveries by driving longer than the FMCSA hours of service (HOS) limits or cut corners on truck inspections or maintenance to save money. Carriers can also be held responsible for hiring and training practices, especially if they employ drivers who have prior traffic or FMCSA violations on their records or fail to provide their employees with the proper training.
- Cargo loader or shipper – If a loader fails to completely inspect the cargo and properly secure it to the rig, but the cargo falls off during transit and causes a crash, the loader and shipper may be held liable for the accident.
- Manufacturer of the truck or parts – If a crash is caused by a defective auto part, the manufacturer of the parts may be held liable through a product liability claim. Common auto parts that can malfunction include the engine, the brakes, and the tires.
Our firm can review the evidence gathered at the scene of the collision and the police reports, download data from the truck’s “black box” event data recorder, examine the trucker’s activity log, and even hire an accident reconstruction expert to determine what led to the crash. If we can prove several parties are liable for the accident, we can file multiple claims on behalf of our clients to maximize their compensation.
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