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Commercial Trucking Accidents Lawyers, Ross Feller Casey

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Why choose ross feller casey?

  • More than $2 Billion in Recoveries in Personal Injury Cases
  • No law firm has recovered more on behalf of injured Pennsylvania children over 5 years
  • Team of Leading Doctor-Lawyers on Staff
  • Among the nation’s top plaintiffs firms – The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • More than 50 $10-Million-plus Verdicts & Settlements
  • National Reputation for Record Results
  • “A firm that keeps setting new records” – Harvard Law School

Among the top personal injury law firms in the nation, Ross Feller Casey has recovered more than $1 billion over the last five years alone for its individual clients, including those seriously injured in commercial trucking and tractor-trailer accidents.

The impressive list of our multimillion-dollar truck and auto case results include:

  • $31 million settlement in a case involving injuries sustained as a result of an auto defect
  • $30 million recovery for a 10-year-old girl paralyzed in a truck crash
  • $25 million recovery in a man injured in an auto crash
  • $19.1 million verdict for a man who lost his leg as a result of an auto accident
  • $13 million settlement for a man who suffered a brain injury as a result of a motor vehicle crash
  • $9.75 million settlement for a young woman who suffered a brain injury in an automobile accident
  • $7 million settlement for the family of a man killed as a result of a big-rig accident

What To Do In Case Of Bus or Truck Accidents in Pennsylvania?

If you or a loved one is involved in a truck crash, it is vitally important to hire an experienced commercial truck accident law firm to represent you as soon as possible. Delays can lead to the loss of invaluable evidence from the accident scene or vehicles involved in the accident. Ross Feller Casey attorneys are noted experts in the intricacies of traffic laws and commercial trucking regulations and have a team of noted engineers, accident reconstructionists, and road safety professionals to testify on behalf of our clients.

How Many Truck Accidents Happen Each Year?

Each year, more than 4,700 people die due to a crash that involves a tractor-trailer, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Only about 16 percent of those fatalities were the truck drivers themselves. The vast majority of those who died were drivers or passengers of other vehicles. Because of the size difference between semi-trucks and regular cars, the drivers and passengers of other vehicles who collide with a truck are far more vulnerable to suffer property damage, injuries, and deaths than the truck driver.

In 2018, Pennsylvania recorded more than 7,300 accidents involving big-rig and other large trucks – the highest total in five years, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Most of the state’s tractor-trailer accidents occur on state highways (55 percent), followed by interstates that run through Pennsylvania (28 percent), local roads (10 percent), then the Pennsylvania Turnpike system (7 percent).

What Makes A Semi-Truck Accident Different Than A Car Accident?

Significant differences exist between regular car accidents and commercial trucking accidents. The biggest is that the injuries sustained in accidents with a semi-truck involved are usually significantly more extensive. While a car typically weighs somewhere around 4,000 pounds, an 18-wheeler can weigh 20 times that or more than 80,000 pounds. That means that the drivers and passengers involved in accidents with tractor-trailers are very often seriously injured.

Another difference is that semi-truck drivers typically have formalized instruction or training and special driver’s licenses. Suppose a truck driver is found to be responsible for an accident that causes injuries to other drivers or passengers. In that case, their trucking company might be found liable for not providing adequate training. This doesn’t happen in accidents that involve regular passenger vehicles.

What Causes Most Truck Accidents?

There are numerous causes of semi-truck accidents, some that are the fault of the truck driver. On major highways, driving at higher speeds, even the smallest of driving errors can result in catastrophic truck accident injuries and fatalities when a tractor-trailer is involved. The most common causes of truck accidents include: 

  • Improper Truck Maintenance – There are federal regulations that require 18-wheelers to be kept in good operating condition. However, every year there are thousands of truck accidents that are caused by improper maintenance. A malfunctioning brake system, worn tires, engine problems, and unsafe trailers are some of the common issues in this area. It's up to trucking companies to maintain their tractor-trailers.
  • Improper Loading – If the freight that a truck is carrying isn’t properly loaded, with attention paid to how the weight is distributed, an accident can result.
  • Driver Fatigue – While there are regulations that limit the number of hours a truck driver can drive in a day, driver fatigue is still one of the most common causes of truck collisions.
  • Distracted Driver – Truck drivers spend a huge amount of time in their trucks and may become complacent when it comes to how much attention they are paying to the road. Distraction can happen in many situations, including messing with the radio, eating, using a cell phone to talk or text, or just taking their eyes off the road.
  • Driver Inexperience – While a new truck driver may have gone through a training course, it takes them time to become familiar and comfortable with the intricacies of driving such a big vehicle. This inexperience can cause new drivers to injure someone inadvertently.

What Are The Most Common Types of Big-Rig Accidents?

  • Jackknifing – If a truck jackknifes, the driver doesn’t usually have time to react before it is too late. The likelihood of a truck jackknifing is significantly increased if the front brakes are removed or disabled. Whoever is responsible for disabling the front brakes can be held liable for accidents caused by jackknifing.
  • Fuel fires – When a truck catches fire, it’s usually because the truck’s diesel fuel came into contact with a spark from the battery. If the battery is located in a place where it shouldn’t be, or where it is vulnerable, the party who placed it there can be held liable for damages caused by the fuel fire.
  • Rollovers – Large trucks rolling over are the major cause of injuries and deaths in trucking accidents. There is a wide range of reasons for rollover accidents, including driver error, driver fatigue, driving too fast, DUI, truck malfunction, and certain highway conditions.
  • Braking – Accidents caused by commercial trucks are often caused by brake malfunction. There are a variety of reasons for brakes that do not work at all or correctly.

Do Truck Accident Cases Often Go To Trial?

A trucking accident case, like other personal injury cases, has the potential to go to trial. While many cases do result in a settlement, it’s crucial that the truck accident attorney you choose to represent you is prepared to argue the case in a courtroom. The attorneys at Ross Feller Casey have earned a national reputation for their record results in all types of personal injury cases, including those involving truck accidents. We are prepared to take every case to trial if need be, while many other truck accident attorneys are looking to settle cases quickly and never step into a courtroom.

How Do I Find a Pennsylvania Truck Accident Lawyer?

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer or bus and sustained injuries, don’t delay in contacting the Pennsylvania truck accident attorneys at Ross Feller Casey. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, property damage, and pain and suffering. 

Our truck accident lawyers have experience working with truck accident victims who have been seriously injured or whose family member has died as a result of a truck crash in Pennsylvania. We know how insurance companies in the trucking industry operate, and we fight for the compensation that you and your family deserve. If you need a truck accident law firm, Pennsylvania’s top-rated lawyers are here to help.

Ross Feller Casey's Truck Accident Lawyers Want To Help

At Ross Feller Casey, we handle tractor-trailer accidents and commercial truck lawsuits on a contingency basis, which means there is no charge to you until a financial recovery is made in your case. Contact the offices of Ross Feller Casey today for your free consultation with one of our leading truck accident lawyers.