Pittsburgh Truck Accident Lawyers
Representing Victims of Big Rig Accidents in Western Pennsylvania
We understand how painful and confusing the aftermath of an accident involving a truck can be, so our Pittsburgh truck accident lawyers work hard to provide compassionate, effective legal representation. Friday & Cox, LLC is here to guide you through the legal process, handling every aspect of your case. If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, contact us as soon as possible.
We are here to help. Call us at (412) 900-8250 today to set up a free case evaluation for your truck accident claim.
What Should I Do After a Truck Accident?
The moments following an accident can be devastating, confusing, and painful, but they are also opportunities to build a solid case for compensation. Let us help you walk away from the accident confident that your interests are protected.
If you were in an accident involving a truck, you should take the following steps:
- First, you should ensure that you and your passengers are safe and out of traffic. While your first instinct may be to evaluate the damage to your car, making sure you are not putting yourself at any additional risk could save your life.
- Next, seek medical attention for any injury whatsoever. Not only will this get you the care you need, but it will also create a legal record of your accident and the injuries you sustained. This record is invaluable to your case because it creates a clear record to which we can refer. Ambiguity can be used against you when you file suit, so having a document from a medical professional explaining how you were injured and the care you will need to make a recovery helps us build a case that is harder to fight. Further, the time it takes you to seek medical attention could be used against you when negotiating an insurance claim.
- After contacting medical professionals, call the police to file an accident report. Police officers perform thorough evaluations at crash sites and may uncover evidence crucial to winning your case.
- Finally, call our team. We will communicate with authorities and medical professionals to document every detail of your case. We will also handle all interactions with the other driver’s insurer, which is critical. Insurers generally want to minimize payouts and can take any statement you make, your tone of voice, the time it takes to make a call—anything—and use it to justify a low payout. Please leave all the official communication to us so we can use our extensive knowledge and experience to protect you, your rights, and your chance at fair compensation.
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Truck Accidents and Liability
Determining who is responsible for a truck accident can be complicated. While assuming that the driver would bear full responsibility for the collision is natural, the reality is more complex. While the accident may be attributed to the driver’s recklessness in some cases, we can’t assume that this was the only factor in the collision.
The fault in a truck accident could belong to one or more of several potential parties, including:
- The Employer: Pennsylvania follows a doctrine called “vicarious liability,” meaning that if the driver who hit you works as an employee for a trucking company, then the trucking company itself may be liable for the accident if it’s proven that the truck driver acted appropriately in the scope of their employment. For example, many drivers work long hours to meet strict deadlines, often leaving little time for sleep. If the trucker did not get sufficient rest because they were trying to meet a strict deadline, their employer could be liable because the trucker lost sleep to satisfy a job requirement. It can be argued that the loss of sleep was a product of an attempt to meet ambitious deadlines set forth by their employer.
- The Truck’s Owner: Not all truckers own their vehicles. In many cases, they are rented or provided by the employer. If the people responsible for maintaining the truck that hit you failed to perform necessary maintenance and upkeep on the truck, they could be found liable.
- The Truck’s Mechanics: If the people responsible for maintaining the truck performed shoddy repairs, failed to diagnose a problem that led to your collision, or were negligent in their repairs, they may be found responsible for the accident.
- The Truck’s Manufacturer: Automobiles are recalled due to part defects all the time. If this led to your crash, the manufacturer of the truck that hit you could be liable for damages.
As you can see, the lawsuit process for truck accidents can be confusing and complicated, so you should not try to handle your case alone. We have the experience and knowledge to locate the issue that caused the accident and pursue compensation accordingly.
We Are Here to Help
The Pittsburgh truck accident attorneys at Friday & Cox, LLC want only the best for you following your accident. We will handle all legal documents, communication, and other aspects of your case and provide advice, support, guidance, and compassion along the way. Our team offers free case evaluations and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can trust us to fight for justice and seek a favorable case outcome on your behalf.
The lawyers at Friday & Cox, LLC are here to represent you. Call us at (412) 900-8250 or contact us online to set up a free case evaluation.
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