Truck and Big Rig Accident Attorney

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KaplunMarx Truck Accident Cases

The worst thing you can do after a big rig accident is to talk to anyone from any insurance company before speaking with our truck accident attorney. If you have spoken to them, all the more reason you NEED to get in touch with us immediately. Trucking companies are insured by commercial lines carriers and they take accidents VERY seriously. Meaning they take their job to defend against your claim seriously. In Pennsylvania truck accident cases, both the trucking company and the insurance carrier will have attorneys as well as claims reps who are trained and seasoned veterans who know how to reduce your claim to next to nothing. It is vital that you speak with our truck accident attorney before signing anything with them.

Truck accident attorney

Big rig accidents can be devastating, and they often result in serious injuries or death. If you've been involved in a big rig accident in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, it's essential to seek the help of an experienced personal injury attorney.

At KaplunMarx, our legal team has a deep understanding of the complex laws and regulations that govern big rig accidents in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We know how to build strong cases that accurately reflect the nature and extent of your injuries, and we have a proven track record of successfully negotiating with insurance companies and securing fair settlements for our clients even if that means taking them to court.

At KaplunMarx, we understand the challenges you face after a big rig accident. Our legal team is dedicated to providing personalized, compassionate representation to help you navigate the complex legal process and get the compensation you deserve. Don't wait to get the help you need. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Call us at (215) 550-1522 or fill out the quick form on our website to schedule a free consultation with our personal injury lawyers today.

Why You Should Talk To Us First

98% Success Rate - Attorneys with a track record that shows they personally care about every case and go the extra mile every time.

No upfront costs - we front all of the legal fees and get paid on performance. In fact, we don't get paid unless you win

We are local and we KNOW Pennsylvania's system - Just because a firm gets a license to practice law here and buy up a bunch of bill boards around town doesn't mean that they have real experience fighting cases in PA's legal system every day. We are a locally based firm with attorneys that focus on Pennsylvania injury cases. We eat, drink and breath this every day.

We are not intimidated by litigation- We do not allow insurance carriers to strong arm, intimidate or stagnate claims. We will not hesitate to take them to court to fight for you when needed.

No shortcuts - we go the extra mile to make sure that you get the highest compensation possible rather than settling right away as many injury firms do.

We focus on you, not on getting the most cases in town like the guys on the billboards.

Proprietary methods of case management for your very best client experience and ensure greater odds of success compared to high volume, low-touch firms.

Talk directly to your attorney instead of getting passed off on case managers (if you've ever been through a car accident case, you'll know how valuable this is).

We're consistently rated 5 stars by clients and have over 450 5-star reviews for a reason.

No cost consultations we'll help you find out if you have a case. If you don't, we'll help point you in the right direction. Win-win.

We get results without compromising service - It's not easy to find a firm that provides our brand of one-on-one service but which has the resources to get results that smaller practices may not be able to.

Truck accidents are incredibly common, and due to the size and weight of these trucks, these crashes can result in serious injuries or even death. However, the process of getting the compensation you deserve can be a long and difficult task. This is where a great truck accident lawyer can help.

When it comes to a truck accident, time is your enemy. You will need as much evidence as possible, such as documents, eyewitness accounts, and other information in order to get a fair settlement. If too much time goes by, this evidence can easily be lost making it imperative to seek the help of an injury attorney as soon as possible. Get in touch with us today!

What is the Difference Between Car and Truck Wrecks?

While truck accidents and car accidents can both result in injury, there are federal rules and regulations involved in driving trucks that are not involved in driving passenger vehicles. Unlike the drivers of regular cars, truck drivers often work for large companies, and when there is an accident involving one of these trucks, legal issues arise.

Also, truck drivers and trucking companies are held to higher legal standards than other kinds of drivers. Therefore,

For tractor-trailer transportation and other commercial vehicles, there are federal rules and minimum safety standards that must be followed. These rules are called the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (“FMCSR”), and they are often key issues when handling tractor-trailer accident cases:

  • How long a driver can be on the road consecutively before they must stop and rest,
  • Preventative maintenance and inspection requirements on trucks,
  • Requirements for loading and securing cargo,
  • Hiring, training and supervising requirements,
  • Rules regarding timing on delivery scheduling by trucking companies to not encourage speeding and/or exceeding the max hours of driving time.

Proving Liability After a Big Rig Accident

If you were involved in a truck accident and the truck driver was at fault, you are entitled to damages, personal injury, and pain and suffering. Medical bills can add up quickly, not to mention the cost of the damage done to your vehicle and any loss of income that you may experience due to hospitalization.

As for proving liability, this is where things can get tricky. Liability can be determined with the help of evidence from the accident scene, eyewitness testimony, and the police report.

In addition to this, the accident is often constructed by an expert in order to determine exactly what happened and who or what was responsible for the accident. An experienced lawyer should then review the specifics of the crash and case and will explain the legal options for pursuing compensation, as well as identify the parties at fault so that they can be held accountable.

Another step for proving liability involves investigating the driver and the trucking company. There are various aspects that need to be investigated such as how the driver was trained, how many hours they were working, and the condition of the truck involved in the accident.

Drivers are often pushed to meet deadlines or have not had sufficient training, and these factors can contribute to an accident. A truck crash attorney can determine whether or not the trucking company is at fault by obtaining the driver’s logbooks, GPS data, and any other evidence that may prove negligence.

Potential Liable Parties

Unlike a car accident, there are multiple parties who could be held responsible for a truck accident besides just the driver and the company. Potentially, any of these parties can be sued in the event of a truck accident:

  • The truck driver
  • The employer of the truck driver
  • The owner of the trucking company
  • The manufacturers of the truck and/or the truck parts
  • Cargo shippers
  • Third-party maintenance companies

What Should You Do After Being Hit by a Semi-Truck?

The most important step is that you receive medical attention even if you don’t think you have sustained an injury. Some symptoms take time to develop but should be treated immediately.

You will need as much information and evidence as possible in order to get the party responsible for the accident to compensate for any costs that the accident inflicted upon you. You will need the truck driver’s name and contact information, as well as the name and contact information for the trucking company. You should also have the names and insurance information of any other drivers involved in the accident.

Your next step should be to file an accident report and provide as many details as possible to the police, without admitting fault. You should then report the accident to your insurance company but do not speak with any representatives of the trucking company or the insurance company or sign any reports until you speak with an attorney.

Your next step should be to contact an attorney. Again, the trucking company will start its investigation immediately, and you will need a skilled attorney on your side to protect your legal rights and build a strong case.

A tractor-trailer is an 18-wheeler transport vehicle consisting of a semi-tractor with a trailer attached to it. These big rigs can carry up to 80,000 pounds and are sometimes carrying dangerous cargo that could cause even more destruction and injuries. If you or a loved one has been involved in a tractor-trailer accident, there are some things our truck accident attorneys would like you to know before you move forward with a lawsuit.

How Does a Tractor-Trailer Accident Differ From Other Truck Accidents?

For tractor-trailer transportation and other commercial vehicles, there are federal rules and minimum safety standards that must be followed. These rules are called the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (“FMCSR”), and they are often key issues when handling tractor-trailer accident cases:

  • How long a driver can be on the road consecutively before they must stop and rest,
  • Preventative maintenance and inspection requirements on trucks,
  • Requirements for loading and securing cargo,
  • Hiring, training and supervising requirements,
  • Rules regarding timing on delivery scheduling by trucking companies to not encourage speeding and/or exceeding the max hours of driving time.

Who is Liable in a Tractor-Trailer Accident in Pennsylvania?

There are many factors at play when it comes to a tractor-trailer accident and a number of different parties that could be liable such as:

  • The driver
  • The trucking company
  • The leasing company
  • The manufacturers
  • Third-party maintenance companies
  • The loading facility

Even if the driver was responsible for the accident, the trucking company may be held solely responsible and can be sued depending on whether or not the truck driver is an employee or an independent contractor. If the driver was an independent contractor, you might also want to sue the driver.

Because truck drivers and their trucking companies are required to comply with a vast array of laws and regulations, there is a lot of room for error. An experienced trucking lawyer knows what kind of games they like to play and how to avoid them.

Who is at Fault if the Truck Was Overloaded?

The nation does not have a consistent weight limit for 18-wheelers traveling through individual states because national weight limits vary between interstates. Moreover, these weight restrictions may even change while a trucker remains on the same road, as states and local municipalities have the right to issue weight limitations.

The reason weight limits exist is to protect the truck driver, the infrastructure they’re driving on, other drivers, and pedestrians. In addition, the vehicle is simpler to control when an 18-wheeler remains within its specified weight class.

Rigs that exceed their weight class can shift unexpectedly or may require more power to move along. As a result, truck operators in PA who have to contend with changes in the weight of their vehicles are more likely to lose control of their trailers and cause a collision.

While drivers are responsible for controlling their trucks on the road, they may not be the party to hold liable after an accident. Other parties may have overloaded the trailer or otherwise failed to consider the driver’s concerns. These parties include:

  • The 18-wheeler’s parent company
  • The company that filled the truck
  • The party that produced the transported products
  • The mechanic who failed to address a truck’s damage

Based on available evidence, plaintiffs can work with a truck accident attorney in Pennsylvania to identify the party they want to hold liable for their losses.

Discuss Your Case With a KaplunMarx Truck Accident Lawyer

Trucking companies and insurance companies will do whatever they can to avoid responsibility in the event of a truck accident. This is why you need an experienced lawyer on your side who has successfully handled truck accident cases just like yours.

At KaplunMarx, we are familiar with these tricks and know what is needed to help you win. When you work with our law firm, we will explain how to initiate your claim as well as diligently negotiate with the insurance company for a fair settlement.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our truck accident lawyers by calling today.

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Our Lawyers Fight for Maximum Compensation

Our duty is to hold the insurance company responsible for the maximum amount of compensation owed to you. Studies have shown that hiring an experienced attorney can lead to more than 3.5x the amount of compensation! Our legal team is aggressive in court and compassionate with our clients. It's not your fault you are injured, and we want to make sure those at fault are held responsible.

We Work With Doctors to Lower Your Medical Bills

The local medical community has a good working relationship with us. The doctors we recommend are not only experienced in treating serious injuries, but many are willing to work with us to negotiate your medical bills down to put more money into your pocket.

We Make it Easier to Find Medical Treatment

Whether you have health insurance or not, our goal is to help you get in quickly with medical care professionals and specialists.

We Protect Our Clients' Rights

Insurance companies are notorious for using underhanded practices that lower your case's value or deny your claim altogether. So, when you hire us, we will act as a barrier between you and the insurance company, ensuring they can't contact you regarding your injuries without going through us first.

You Will Not Be Alone During This Process

We know the personal injury claims process is complicated. Our team is here to guide you every step of the way and answer your questions anytime.

Our Law Firm Has Stellar Reviews

What People Say

Providing clients with exceptional service is a core value at KaplunMarx personal injury law firm in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Take it from our satisfied client testimonials.

"I went through a lot when I was in my accident. Ted was professional and concerned about how I was doing...

...The office staff is extremely friendly and quick to assist your needs. They not only contacted me for updates, they checked in on my wellbeing. I can't express how grateful I am for their kindness and professionalism. I've never seen an attorney's office that cares as much as they do for their clients. I highly recommend their office and personally vouch that Ted Kaplun is a great attorney to have."

Lovie Lee