According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s most recent statistics, nearly 125,000 traffic accidents occurred in 2013. 1 out of every 45 people was involved in a car accident. In the same year, 228 people were injured and 3 people were killed per day. Allegheny County in Pennsylvania is home to Pittsburgh one of the three largest cities in the state. However, this is not the only place where accidents happen in Allegheny County. You may be driving through Bethel Park or on your way to Baldwin when suddenly your life can be changed by a truck accident.
Truck Accidents in Pittsburgh
Car accidents in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County can change the course of your life in an instant. Whether you are driving down Forbes Avenue or driving through Monroeville, you never know when you are going to be involved in an accident. There are many reasons why there might be an accident caused by a truck driver from texting while driving, to being distracted by other drivers, and even the truck driver lacking the experience necessary to navigate the hills and side streets of Pittsburgh. However, in our experience some of the most common types of accidents that are seen on Allegheny County roadways include:
- Rear-end accidents – these types of accidents are very common in the crowded and congested streets of the cities, however, these accidents also happen on the highway.
- Intersection accidents – whether it was a truck running a red light or making an improper turn, often these accidents tend to be severe because of the speed and changing directions of the vehicles that are involved.
- High-speed collisions – these accidents usually result in catastrophic injuries, and unfortunately often result in death.
- Head-on collisions – These accidents are usually caused by the driver not paying attention and drifting into the oncoming lane of traffic.
- Hit-and-run accidents – it may seem impractical for a large commercial vehicle to be able to get away after hitting a person or a car, however, hit and run accidents are a noted source of accidents in Allegheny County and elsewhere.
Whatever the type of accident or no matter where the accident occurred, an accident that involves a truck and another vehicle is likely going to result in injuries and substantial damages.
Accident Injuries in Allegheny County Pennsylvania
If you have been in an accident of any sort with a tractor – trailer or another type of commercial vehicle there is an increased likelihood that there will be injuries. Our truck accident lawyers can assist you with any of the following injuries:
- Brain Injury – brain injuries and traumatic brain injuries are often severe injuries that require months and even years for a person to fully recover from. These injuries are caused by the delicate brain matter hitting the inside of the skull, which can result in internal bleeding, swelling, and even death.
- Catastrophic and Serious Injury – When there is a vehicle that weighs on average ten to fifteen times more than your vehicle then there is the potential that any accident will be severe. However, when you take into account that many accidents happen at high rates of speeds then there is a much higher likelihood that there are going to be catastrophic or even severe injuries.
- Broken Bones – anytime the human frame sustains an impact there is the chance that any of the bones in the body will break. This is particularly true when there is as much force as there is involved in a truck accident.
- Lacerations – Broken glass, shattered mirrors, jagged pieces of metal. All of these are present in a truck accident and can result in severe injuries, which may require prompt and immediate medical attention.
- Bruising – most people think of a bruise as an inconvenience that will resolve itself in a few days. Other bruise injuries can last weeks, months, or even years depending on the severity of the impact.
- Knee Injury – in many car accidents a person will sustain a tremendous amount of force to their knees depending on the size of their car, where they are sitting, and if their knees hit any part of their car during impact. Knee injuries can impair your ability to walk to and work and in some cases may require surgery and extensive physical therapy to fix.
- Shoulder Injury – Shoulder injuries are common when there is an impact between a car and a truck. Often a person’s shoulders are injured by the impact of their airbag at the time of impact.
- Wrongful Death – in the event that the accident is so severe that a person does not survive their injuries, the decedent’s parents, siblings, spouse, or children may be able to file what is known as a wrongful death action.
There are countless injuries that can result from a car or truck accident. However, because of the size and impact that a tractor-trailer has on a person, there is a much higher potential that there are going to be severe and life-long injuries. In addition to these injuries mentioned above, burns, back injuries, paralysis, and amputations are all common injuries that our attorneys have seen in truck accident cases.
Money and Compensation for a Truck Accident
If you have been involved in a truck accident you are aware that you now have bills to pay that you didn’t have to pay before. You may have a pile of medical bills, or you may have to miss work. If you have been injured in a truck accident in Allegheny County then you are generally entitled to any one or a combination of the following:
- Pain and Suffering
- Money for psychological damage
- Medical funds for the past and future
- Loss of income
- Any type of Assistance for future
- Damage to your car or personal property
- Other unforeseen issues
Damages in a personal injury case stemming from a truck accident are designed to help you meet your financial obligations as a result of a truck accident.
Contact Our Allegheny County Pennsylvania Truck Accident Attorneys
To schedule a private, no-cost evaluation, call the law offices of Reiff Law Firm Trucking at (215) 709-6940 or contact us online. If the statute of limitations expires, your window of legal opportunity will close and you won’t be able to pursue a claim.