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FIGHTING FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY TRUCK ACCIDENT VICTIMS
Commercial trucks are massive vehicles that can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and often stand nearly 15 feet high. Their sheer size and weight mean that any accident involving a truck has the potential to be catastrophic. In 2018, large trucks and buses were involved in over 5,000 fatal crashes, a 1-percent increase from the previous year, and the number of large trucks and buses involved in fatal crashes has increased by 48-percent since 2009.
Montgomery County is located in Pennsylvania, which ranks 5th in the nation for the total number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes. The attorney’s at Richard Hollawell understand that dealing with a truck accident is never easy, and may even result in life-long disabilities or the loss of a loved one. We can help you successfully file your Montgomery County trucking accident lawsuit and help you get back on the road to recovery.
Contact our auto accident lawyers today at 1-800-681-3550 or using the form below for a free consultation.
Montgomery County PA Trucking Accident Statistics
Pennsylvania saw over 7,600 trucking accidents in 2018, which accounted for 12% of all fatal crashes in the state. These totals were the highest reported numbers in three years. A majority of these accidents were related to tires, wheels, brakes, power train failures, or an unsecured trailer/overloaded trailer. Driver fatigue or alcohol consumption can also play a part in trucking accidents.
For 2019, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PENNDOT) reported that accidents involving trucks primarily occurred on:
- The Turnpike: The turnpike, which runs through Montgomery County, saw nearly 7% of all large truck accidents
- Interstates: Over 26% of truck accidents in Pennsylvania occurred on an interstate
- State highways: The vast majority, nearly 60%, of all truck accidents occurred on State highways
Determining Liability in a Montgomery County Trucking Accident
Determining liability in a trucking accident can be a complex issue, as several parties may be responsible for your accident. An experienced Montgomery County trucking accident lawyer can help you understand the best route to take when deciding who is ultimately responsible for your compensation.
Parties that may be responsible for your Montgomery County trucking accident include:
- The driver of the truck
- The owner of the truck
- The owner of the trailer
- The trucking company that hired the truck driver
- The owners of the cargo being transported by the truck
- The manufacturers of a defective vehicle or part
- Truck mechanics who were negligent in completing repairs to the truck
- Other drivers whose negligence may have caused the truck accident
Another complicating factor in truck accident litigation is that trucks may be covered under different types of insurance. Some trucks are covered under insurance that is separate from the trailer they are towing, even though they are attached, meaning you may need to pursue a claim against one or both companies.
What To Do After a Trucking Accident in Montgomery County PA?
Pennsylvania law requires that you report any accident within 5 days if the accident was not investigated by the police, or resulted in an injury, death, or severe damage to a vehicle. After seeking immediate medical attention for your injuries, you will also want to:
- File a police report
- Make notes of details like weather or road conditions
- Get contact information and detailed descriptions of the accident from witnesses
- Take photos of both vehicles, any injuries, and the scene of the crash
When to Call An Experienced Montgomery County PA Trucking Accident Lawyer
Montgomery County is one of the largest suburban areas located in the Greater Philadelphia area and currently ranks 3rd out of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties for high rates of traffic accidents every year. Over the past 5 years, accidents have been increasing, with over 9,000 crashes reported in 2019. During rush hour, there are a number of roads in Montgomery County that see a high volume of traffic headed into and out of Philadelphia, and accidents are sadly not uncommon.
Trucking accidents are serious and can incur a variety of costs, from damage to the vehicle to medical bills, or costs associated with pain and suffering endured after the accident. The team at Richard Hollawell can help you navigate the complex questions of liability and help you to focus on your recovery while ensuring that you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-681-3550 or use our contact form.