Pennsylvania Route 10 runs for nearly 45 miles through southeastern Pennsylvania beginning at U.S Route 222 in Reading and ending in Oxford Pennsylvania. Serving Chester, Lancaster, and Berks counties this road is mostly comprised of a two-lane highway which means drivers will be sharing the road with trucks and other motorists coming towards them.
If you have suffered severe injuries, incurred medical expenses, or lost a loved one as a result of an accident involving a tractor-trailer or commercial vehicle. The lawyers of Reiff & Bily’s The Truck Accident Team may be able to fight for you. To schedule a free and confidential legal consultation call 800-896-6173 or contact us online today.
Why do Truck Accidents Happen on Route 10?
Pennsylvania roads are frequently the site of accidents between motorists and other drivers. In fact, in 2015 there were well over 100,000 reportable traffic accidents on Pennsylvania roads in 2015. This means that based on the population in Pennsylvania one in every forty-four people will be injured in a reportable crash. Out of all the accidents types on the road, some of the most difficult to see and hear are those involving tractor-trailers and other large vehicles. Frequently truck accidents are attributed to:
- Untrained drivers
- Unsafe working conditions for drivers
- Driver fatigue
- Improper maintenance of trucks
- Driver drug abuse
- Overloading of trucks
- Defective truck equipment
- Failure to check blind zones or “no zones”
- Failure to use signals while changing lanes
- Aggressive/reckless driving
- Incorrectly secured cargo
- Distracted drivers
- Other driver negligence
Monetary Compensation from a Truck Accident
If you have been injured in a truck accident, then you know all too well the number of bills and expenses you have been forced to take on as a result of your accident. However, you may not be aware of all the types of compensation you may be entitled to. Depending on the type of accident and the harm and injuries you have suffered you may be entitled to any of the following:
Medical bills for treatment related to your injuries – medical bills can be some of the most expensive bills connected with a truck accident. In 2015, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation estimated that when there was a minor injury, the average cost borne by the injured party was in excess of $7,000. If you have been injured because of a truck accident you may be entitled to recover for all medical expenses that are associated with the accident including tests and doctors visits as well as surgeries and follow-up appointments.
Permanent disability and disfigurement – Unfortunately, many accidents involving a truck or other large vehicle result in permanent disability. If you find yourself unable to work because of an accident you may be entitled to compensation for your disability.
Lost wages both past and future – If you are injured in an accident are unable to work you may be entitled to compensation for the time that you were unable to work. Alternatively, if you were injured in an accident and are now unable to work to the same degree that you once were then you may be entitled to compensation for the future amounts of money you would have earned.
Property damage – Even if there are no injuries in an accident there are likely going to be significant property damages to your car. This is because of the sheer size differential between a truck and a car. In 2015, the average monetary loss borne by a victim of a truck accident for a property damage claim was in excess of $3,000.
Pain and suffering – not only can a truck accident result in severe physical injury and property damage, but a truck accident can also result in severe emotional scars as well. The Pennsylvania personal injury system is designed in such a manner that you may be entitled to compensation for any pain and suffering you may suffer as a result of a truck accident.
Unfortunately, truck accidents are all too common, and not only are accidents common but sometimes deaths occur. In 2015, it was estimated that there were 149 heavy-truck related deaths, in these events you may be entitled to file a wrongful death action on your loved one’s behalf.
It should not come as a surprise that when there is an accident involving a large truck there are going to be an incredible amount of damages that the injured will suffer. In 2015, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation noted that out of the 66,000 plus crashes where there was only property damage the average costs was over $3,000. Even when there were only minor injuries this cost per accident more than doubled to cost an average person $7,620.
How Long do you have to file a Truck Accident Claim?
If you have been injured in an accident involving a truck or other large vehicle it is important that you do not wait too long to file your claim, or you may be denied. In Pennsylvania, you have two years to file a claim from the date of the accident.
CONTACT OUR PENNSYLVANIA TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYERS TODAY
To schedule a private, no-cost evaluation, call the law offices of Reiff & Bily Trucking at (800) 896-6173 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.