Truck Accident FAQ

Truck Accidents: FAQ

Philadelphia Truck Accident Lawyer Answers Common Questions

Who can be held responsible for causing a truck accident?

A number of parties can be held responsible for causing or contributing to a truck accident. Liable parties may one or more of the following:

  • The truck driver
  • The owner of the truck
  • The driver’s employer
  • The manufacturer of any of the truck parts
  • A third-party maintenance company
  • The driver or owner of another vehicle

What types of compensation will I be able to recover after a truck accident?

A truck accident not only causes property damage, but may also result in serious injuries that require extensive medical care and rehabilitation. A personal injury claim may help you recover some of the following damages:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost future earnings
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of quality of life

If you suffered the loss of a loved one in a truck accident, you may file a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf to recover compensation for damages including:

  • Loss of companionship and care
  • Loss of economic contributions
  • Funeral and burial expenses

Other damages may also be available depending on the circumstances of your case. An attorney at Shrager, Spivey & Sachs can investigate your case and help you pursue maximum compensation.

When is a truck driver negligent?

Many truck accidents are caused by negligence on the part of the driver. Negligence comes in many forms, and can include:

  • Driving over the speed limit or faster than what is safe for current road or weather conditions
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Driving while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs
  • Failing to abide by the hours of duty rules set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSA)
  • Driving in a careless or aggressive manner
  • Failure to signal before changing lanes
  • Failure to yield the right-of-way
  • Leaving the scene of an accident or failing to report an accident
  • Failure to react when a collision is impending

How should I handle an insurance company if they ask me questions about the accident?

If an insurance company contacts you after an accident and asks you any questions, or asks you to provide them with a statement, do not speak with them or sign anything until after you have consulted with a Philadelphia car accident lawyer at Shrager, Spivey & Sachs. Everything you say can be used against you to limit the amount of compensation you are eligible to receive. Protect your rights by gathering evidence after an accident, including photos, videos, and the contact information of any eyewitnesses. Make sure that a police report is filed, and seek medical attention immediately if necessary. Then, get in touch with a lawyer to begin pursuing compensation.

Can I handle my case myself?

Legal counsel is invaluable when it comes to seeking compensation after a serious accident. Your insurance company may not cover all expenses related to your accident, which means you may have to pay money out-of-pocket for the aftermath of an accident that you didn’t even cause. A successful personal injury case may bring you more than you would have received if you had handled your case alone. The sooner you call Shrager, Spivey & Sachs, the sooner our team can begin investigating your case and advising you on the best course of action to pursue the money you deserve.

For more information on how our Philadelphia personal injury attorneys can help, please call us today to request a FREE consultation.