Pennsylvania Route 16 is a two-lane road that cuts through rural areas in Fulton, Franklin and Adams Counties. Also known by the name Buchanan Trail which is in honor of former President James Buchanan. This road passes over Tuscarora Mountain, which means that when the weather is less than ideal it can be hard for drivers to travel on this road.
Common Truck Accident Injuries
Truck accidents are not only financially devastating, but they can be emotionally and physically devastating as well. Not only do injured people have to deal with the overly burdensome economic impacts of an accident, but they often have to suffer through deep emotional trauma related to a truck accident. Some of the most common truck accident injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic Brain injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken ribs
As noted above, some of the most devastating injuries are the ones that you cannot easily see. It is not uncommon for a victim of a truck accident to suffer from emotional distress and pain and suffering as a result of their truck accident. This can manifest in the form of stress, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder.
Liability for Truck Accidents
In the midst of an accident, it can be hard to tell you who exactly is responsible for an accident. This is even more complex when there are multiple cars on the road. However, when there is a large trucking company involved this is often even more difficult to prove because there are a number of people who are not on the road with you who may be responsible for the accident. That is why when you are involved in an accident with a large truck you should consider working with an attorney who is able to help you work on your case and find the people who may be responsible for the accident. Some of the parties in a trucking accident who may be responsible include:
- Truck driver
- Truck owner
- Trucking company
In a truck accident in Pennsylvania, most lawsuits and requests for relief are filed under the theory of negligence. Under this theory, you can be held liable for the injuries of another if you breached your duty to operate your vehicle in a matter prescribed by law and as a result of your failure to follow the laws and your duties you cause an accident that results in an injury.
Recovery for a Truck Accident
Truck accidents can take a toll on your body, your car, and your checkbook. If you have been involved in a truck accident, then you know all too well that it can be hard to keep up with all the bills particularly when you are not able to work while you are recovering. If you have been involved in a truck accident in Pennsylvania, then you are entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. If the truck driver is found to be liable for the accident you may be entitled to all of the following:
- Past, present, and future medical costs
- Lost wages and reductions in future earning capacity
- Expenses related to physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Payment for pain and suffering
- Payment for emotional trauma
- Cost of necessary home accessibility modification
- Funeral expenses
- Financial support for surviving dependents
Accidents can cost you thousands of dollars. In 2015, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation found that the average cost of an accident where there were even minor injuries was $7,620. However, in truck accidents, there is an increased chance that your injuries will be moderate to severe. In the same report, an accident where there was a moderate injury resulted in a bill in excess of $95,000, and where there was a major injury the cost was nearly 1.5 million dollars. When the stakes are this high, you need a team of experienced attorneys at your side who are not intimidated by the large truck companies and will fight for your right to compensation.