Pittsburgh Truck Accident Lawyers
Experienced Injury Lawyers Tenaciously Seek Justice for Truck Accident Victims in Allegheny County and Throughout Western Pennsylvania
The roads and highways around Pittsburgh are filled with large trucks and 18-wheelers transporting goods through or to the Pittsburgh area. While most truck drivers and trucking companies safely operate their vehicles on a regular basis, when drivers and companies bend or break rules and regulations to try to meet strict delivery schedules, it can create a significant risk of a devastating truck accident. When you’ve been the victim of a truck accident in PA, you deserve to seek financial recovery for your expenses and other losses. At Goodrich & Geist, P.C., our Pittsburgh truck accident lawyers strive to help injured accident victims obtain the relief and resources they need to recover from their injuries and the difficulties caused by a truck accident.
Our dedicated attorneys know that going up against big corporations and insurers to get the compensation and justice that you deserve following an accident can seem like a daunting task to undertake on your own. Let a Pittsburgh truck accident lawyer from our firm handle all the hard work in preparing and pursuing your claim. With more than 50 years of combined experience, our attorneys can help you no matter how complex the evidence or legal issues in your case may be.
Contact our firm today for a free case review to learn how a Pittsburgh truck accident lawyer can help you to hold negligent trucking companies accountable to compensate you for the injuries and property damage that you sustained in a truck crash in Pittsburgh.
Truck Accident Cases We Handle
At Goodrich & Geist, P.C. our experienced Pittsburgh PA Accident Attorneys are qualified to handle even the most complex truck accident cases in Western Pennsylvania, so whether your accident seems relatively straightforward or involves multiple defendants and complex evidentiary issues, we are ready to go to work in your case today.
Some of the most common truck accident cases we handle include:
- Commercial Vehicle Accidents
- Construction Truck Accidents
- DUI Truck Accidents
- Dump Truck Accidents
- Fatigued Driving Truck Accidents
- Improper Truck Maintenance
- Truck Accidents Due to Company Negligence
Common Causes of Truck Accidents in Pittsburgh
Many truck accidents are attributable to careless or reckless behavior or decision-making by truck drivers and trucking companies. Unfortunately, trucking is a competitive, highly stressful industry, which may cause some to engage in unsafe or unethical practices. Some of the most common reasons why truck accidents occur include:
- Fatigued or drowsy driving – Drivers are limited by state and federal regulations in the number of hours they can spend behind the wheel. When drivers exceed these limits, or when long hours and days result in drivers not getting quality rest on the road, drivers can become fatigued or drowsy, which reduces a driver’s safety behind the wheel and puts them at risk of falling asleep.
- Traffic code violations – Legal violations that truck drivers can commit include speeding, tailgating, making unsafe lane changes, or failing to yield.
- Distracted driving – Truck drivers have multiple demands on their attention while behind the wheel. Unfortunately, drivers may place some of their attention on distractions, including cell phones or food or drink.
- Unsafe cargo loads – If a truck’s cargo is unbalanced or not secured and allowed to shift during travel, it can result in a truck driver having difficulty with controlling their vehicle or even losing control of the truck.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs – Drivers may choose to turn to alcohol or drugs to cope with long journeys or to combat fatigue. Unfortunately, driving under the influence can affect a driver’s perception and reaction times.
- Inadequate truck maintenance – Truck drivers and trucking companies are required to regularly inspect vehicles and to conduct necessary and manufacturer-recommended maintenance. Failing to do so increases the chances that a truck may suffer a mechanical failure on the road.
- Vehicle defects – Similarly, design or manufacturing defects can cause trucks to suffer mechanical failures that result in an accident.
- Inexperienced drivers – Trucking companies may hire drivers without the required CDL license or certifications, or may fail to train a driver who may not have sufficient experience with certain types or sizes of trucks.
It is important to remember that a truck accident may be caused by the wrongful acts of parties other than the truck driver. Other parties who may bear responsibility for a truck accident include the trucking company that employs the truck driver, the truck’s owner (if not the truck driver or trucking company), the truck’s mechanic, the freight company, or even the truck’s manufacturer or a part manufacturer.
How a Pittsburgh Truck Accident Lawyer at Goodrich & Geist, P.C. Can Help You Pursue Full Financial Recovery for Your Injuries
If you have been injured in a truck crash due to the negligence or recklessness of a truck driver or trucking company, you deserve to be compensated for losses that occur due to your injuries, including for:
- Medical expenses
- Physical rehabilitation
- Long-term care for permanent disabilities.
- Lost wages or loss of future earning ability.
- Repair or replacement expenses for your vehicle or other damaged property.
- Physical pain and emotional distress.
- Disfigurement or scarring or physical disabilities interfering with your daily living.
Unfortunately, trucking companies and their insurers will sometimes try to avoid liability for causing injuries in a truck accident by delaying or denying accident victims’ claims. With a Pittsburgh truck accident lawyer from Goodrich & Geist, P.C. in your corner, you can expect that our firm will:
- Thoroughly investigate the accident to secure important evidence for review, including driver logs, load manifest, truck electronic data recorder logs, truck inspection/maintenance records, or dispatch records.
- Work with accident reconstruction and trucking industry experts to review the evidence and prepare a strong, persuasive case to show how the accident occurred and what party or parties were responsible for causing the crash.
- Identify sources of compensation, including insurance policies and determining the appropriate liable corporate entities.
- Prepare your claim package and pursue a settlement that pays you fair and full compensation for your injuries.
- Pursue every legal option to obtain the best possible result in your case, including taking your claim to court or to trial when necessary.
Call Today for a Free Consultation to Discuss Next Steps in Your Case
A truck accident can leave you with devastating injuries that may impact the rest of your life. When you’ve been injured due to the negligence of a truck driver or trucking companies, call or contact a Pittsburgh truck accident lawyer from Goodrich & Geist, P.C. today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation to learn more about your legal rights and options for obtaining financial compensation and justice for the harm that you have suffered.
Frequently Asked Questions About Truck Accident Claims
Because large trucks pose such a risk to smaller vehicles on the roads, strict safety regulations require that both the driver and the trucking company maintain certain records with respect to hours driven, and dates when both inspections and maintenance occurred. However, trucking companies are not required to maintain these records forever, making it important that we jump into action quickly to notify the trucking company that they must be preserved. Additionally, many trucks contain a black box recording device—similar to those found in airplanes—that can be critical to gathering valuable evidence to determine the cause of a truck accident. The trucking company must similarly be notified quickly to preserve the black box data.
To prevent truck accidents, truck drivers are only permitted to be behind the wheel for 11 hours in any 24-hour period. 14 hours is the maximum amount of time that a truck driver can be on duty in a 24-hour period (meaning while driving or performing any other work-related task). A further limitation specifies that truck drivers must have at least 10 consecutive hours off work per 24-hour period. The driver is also required to stop for at least 30 minutes of rest after driving for 8 hours.