Adams County is a wonderful place to live. It offers scenic farmland and historical sites. However, no matter how idyllic a place is to live sometimes accidents happen. A typical, fully loaded commercial truck can weigh approximately twenty-five times as much as a typical car can, and when they are involved in an accident there is a much higher risk of injury and damage. Truck driving accidents also tend to be more complex than automobile accidents. However, just because a truck is a larger vehicle does not always mean that the truck driver is the cause of an accident. If you have been injured in an accident because of another vehicle on the road or if a truck has injured you, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries.
The attorney’s of Reiff & Bily’s The Truck Accident Team have over 100 years of combined award-winning experience in representing innocent victims who were catastrophically injured or killed in truck accidents. We are creative thinkers who know exactly where to look for the kind of evidence that can win complicated truck accident cases.
Who Is Responsible for a Truck Accident?
Anytime there is an automobile accident the first question that people want to know is who was responsible for the accident. Unfortunately, truck drivers are often blamed for an accident due to their vehicle being larger. Many people assume that because a truck driver can view the road from a greater height that they should be able to see and avoid accidents much easier. However, many people forget that because of the size of a tractor-trailer that even an experienced truck driver cannot maneuver their truck like a car. When there has been an accident, some of the people or parties who may be responsible for a person’s injuries include:
- The truck driver
- The owner of the truck or trailer
- The Company that leased the truck or trailer from the owner
- The vehicle manufacturer, including the tire manufacturer, or other parts of the truckthat may have contributed to the cause or severity of the accident.
It is very common for the trucking, hauling, and leasing companies to argue amongst themselves when it comes to determining whose insurance will compensate the victim. This is true for both truck drivers who are injured and automobile drivers who are injured. However, when you have been injured you do not want to be stuck in the middle of these people while they argue. Hiring an experienced truck accident lawyer can help provide you with peace of mind knowing that someone is advocating for your rights.
What do when an Accident happens in Adams County?
Adams County has some pretty significant historical sites that attract thousands of people each year. Gettysburg Pennsylvania is home to Gettysburg National Military Park, which commemorates one of the most significant battles of the American Civil War. Thousands of people come from all parts of the United States to visit the park and the surrounding area. Unfortunately, when they do they sometimes are involved in accidents. If you have been in an accident around Gettysburg or in Adams County there are some things that you should do:
- Remain with your car at the crash;
- Check on the condition of all people involved in the crash;
- Call the police;
- Exchange insurance information with all the other drivers that were involved;
- Get contact information from witnesses;
- Inform your insurance company;
- Get appropriate medical treatment, and track the details;
- Take photos of vehicle damage and injuries;
- Consider hiring a personal injury attorney.
Proving Your Truck Accident Case
If you have been involved in a truck accident, you should be aware that the law has determined that as in most personal injury cases where vehicles are involved the main legal theory of liability is negligence. Therefore, a person injured in a commercial truck accident must show that:
- That the defendant who may be either the driver, the trucking company or another party owed the other driver a duty to exercise a reasonable degree of care to avoid injury. This depends on the circumstances of the accident and the road conditions.
- Next, you must show that the defendant failed to exercise reasonable care. Generally, the law will state that the driver has “breached” the duty of reasonable care.
- Finally, a person who has been injured in a truck accident will have to show that the defendant’s failure to exercise reasonable care was the cause of injury suffered by the plaintiff.
This is a brief overview of the legal concept of negligence. An experienced truck accident attorney will be able to further explain these elements.
What are the Types of injuries commonly suffered?
No accident is exactly the same. Depending on the type of vehicle involved, the conditions of the road, and the speed of the drivers can determine the extent of any injuries. Because each accident is unique so are the types of injuries that a person may suffer as a result of their accident. However, there are certain types of injuries and damages that tend to occur more frequently. These include:
- Fractured bones – After an accident, particularly one involving a truck or tractor-trailer, it is very common for a person to suffer a fractured or broken bone. While seatbelts and airbags can greatly reduce the chance that an accident will not be fatal, broken or fractured bones are still extremely common in truck accidents
- Traumatic brain injury – A traumatic brain injury or “TBI” is a serious and potentially deadly accident. Damage or abnormalities in the brain can cause trouble with focus, alter your personality, cause increased aggression, make communication difficult, and cause issues with focus and attention. Because the brain is the center of the body, any TBI should be taken very seriously.
- Burn injuries – Burn injuries are a very common injury anytime there is an accident yet is often overlooked when someone thinks about a car accident. Some of the major contributors to burn injuries when a tractor-trailer is involved are the amount of fuel that a tractor-trailer carries as well as any hazardous chemicals that the truck may contain.
- Whiplash – Whiplash injuries are another common injury that is routinely reported by those who are involved in any kind of accident. When vehicles collide a series of forces is rapidly applied — forces that can cause shearing of muscle and nerve tissue resulting in nausea, headaches and problems with memory. Because of the sheer amount of weight and force involved in a truck accident whiplash injuries can be particularly severe.
If you have suffered one of the above injuries in an accident or simply do not feel quite right, see a doctor or go to the emergency room immediately. Recovery from your injuries can often be greater if you receive treatment early and often.
Contact Our Pennsylvania Truck Accident Lawyers Today
To schedule a private, no-cost evaluation, call the law offices of Reiff & Bily Trucking at (800) 861-6708 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.