As the victim of a trucking accident, you are eligible to compensation for your past and future medical bills, property damages, lost income, pain and suffering, and restitution for how your injuries will influence the rest of your life.

Victims of truck accidents often suffer serious or permanent injuries. Over 100,000 people a year are injured in trucking accidents and more than 5,000 people are killed. Trucking companies and their insurance companies usually offer little help to the victims of a truck accident.

Total crashes involving heavy trucks in 2013 were the second highest since 2009. Every year thousands of victims of trucking accidents do not receive just compensation. It is standard practice among insurance companies to initially offer victims a small settlement. The Travis Law Firm knows what you are entitled to and will fight for just compensation.

Our attorneys are well versed in Pennsylvania law, and can assist you if you have been injured in a semi-truck or another type of trucking accident. Each attorney at our Erie, Edinboro and Warren offices can review your claim and advise you of your legal options. Serving Erie, Warren and Crawford Counties, our legal team will represent your best interests.

Semi-Truck Accident Statistics:

  • In 2012, 159 people were killed in a truck accident in Pennsylvania.
  • In Pennsylvania alone, there were 5,891 truck accidents in 2012.
  • There were 3,921 people killed nationwide in large truck crashes in 2012.

[Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2012 Data].

What Are the Most Common Causes of Large Truck Accidents?

Semi-truck accidents may be caused by a variety of factors – including the unique characteristics and capabilities of a large truck. Trucks have certain limitations other motor vehicles do not. Other motor vehicle operators should be aware of these limitations. In 2012, brake related and tire or wheel related defects were the most common cause of truck accidents in Pennsylvania.

Common Causes for Serious Truck Accidents:

  • Overloaded or oversized trucks
  • Faulty or poorly maintained truck brakes
  • Poor driving conditions (fog, snow, rain, or smoke)
  • Aggressive or reckless truck driving
  • Speeding
  • Lack of training on the part of the driver
  • Sleepy, tired, or fatigued driver
  • Unsafe safety systems, reflectors, lights, and other warning devices
  • Alcohol-related or drug-related accidents
  • Failure to lead the right of way
  • Failure of truck to install under-ride protection

What Can I Recover After a Semi-truck Accident?

As the victim of a trucking accident, you are eligible to compensation for your past and future medical bills, property damages, lost income, pain and suffering, and restitution for how your injuries will influence the rest of your life.

If you are the family member of a trucking accident victim who has been killed as a result of a negligent act of a truck driver,you may have the right to recover money damages for the loss of your loved one. Contact The Travis Law Firm and arrange a case evaluation about your semi-truck or other trucking accident claim with an attorney at the Erie, Edinboro or Warren office.

Who Can be Sued in a Truck Accident Case?

There are many possible defendants in a trucking accident.

  • The truck’s driver
  • The owner of the tractor
  • The owner of the trailer
  • The truck’s commercial company

Our Erie, Edinboro, and Western Pennsylvania semi-truck accident attorneys have years of experience in trucking accident litigations. Contact the Travis Law Firm for a case evaluation and determine if you are entitled to restitution for your trucking accident injuries.

Truck Jackknifing

Jackknifing refers to the accidental folding of a large truck (like the angle of a folding pocket knife). Truck jackknifing may be caused by equipment failure, improper braking, or poor road conditions. In many cases, jackknifing will cause a rollover. Typically a truck jackknives as a result of the truck driver’s negligence – usually the driver locks up the breaks. A Pennsylvania semi-truck accident attorney at our firm may be able to prove driver negligence.

What to do at the Scene of a Trucking Accident?

If you are involved in a semi-truck or trucking accident, follow these general guidelines of what to do at the scene:

  • Remain at the scene of the trucking accident.
  • Call the police immediately.
  • File a police report when the officers arrive.
  • Seek medical attention, even if you think you are not injured. You may have injuries that will come to light later.
  • Get the license number, personal and insurance details, and name of the other driver involved.
  • Take notes – include the events of the accident, road conditions, and witness accounts.
  • Contact the Travis Law Firm.

Contact Our Truck Accident Injury Lawyers

Knowledgeable in Pennsylvania law, each semi-truck and trucking accident attorney at the Erie, Edinboro and Warren PA offices of The Travis Law Firm has the experience necessary to provide expert legal advice. Serving Erie, Warren, and Crawford Counties our trustworthy legal team will represent your best interests.