Philadelphia Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawyer
Dealing with a car accident can be confusing enough when it is just you and another passenger vehicle, but when you get involved in a wreck with a commercial vehicle, that can open up a completely different set of legal issues. Trying to justify who is responsible for making you whole after your car is hit by a commercial vehicle can be complicated. More than likely you will end up going through the driver’s employer that owns the commercial truck to seek compensation instead of directly dealing with the driver who was at fault. Or in another scenario, the company may turn it back on the driver, leaving you in middle of a web of legal mess when all you want is just your vehicle and medical expenses taken care of.
Over the years, people have joked about the fact that if you are going to get into a rear end crash, it might as well be with a Pepsi cola truck. Why is this? Because the average person believes that a commercial vehicle like Pepsi would have a lot of coverage to pay for your losses, should it strike you. This common perception is, more often than not, correct. However, the reason for this is not because the commercial vehicle is Pepsi, nor any other popular corporation. The reason is because the insurance coverage on the vehicle is generally much higher than an individual insurance policy.
The reality is that when a person is struck by a large commercial vehicle, such as an 18-wheeler or commercial size truck, the injuries which follow tend to be very serious, and often times, devastating, due to the sheer size and mass of these trucks. The commercial vehicles we are referring to are:
- USPS (post office) Trucks
- UPS Trucks
- FEDEX Trucks
- Trash Trucks
- Recycling Trucks
- Any other vehicle that requires a CDL License to operate
One valuable tool to make use of in making a claim with a commercial vehicle like one of those listed above are the event recorders built into the operating system of the truck. These “black boxes” as they are called, record speed and other driving conditions which coincide with the crash as it is happening. This box can be invaluable to a claim in which the company is denying responsibility for the incident. Many times, there are no witnesses to an accident. Other times, without proof, the official police report of investigation may be inaccurate. The key to success is to hire an attorney as soon as you are able so that the evidence provided by this device can be preserved. At The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., our lawyers and staff have the means available to assist you in your claim for losses from the incident. We consistently invest the requisite time and financial resources in order to ensure that your claim is successful. At The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., we believe that the only true success in a personal injury case is an award of real compensation to an injured victim from one of these types of accidents.
Unlike in other car accidents, commercial vehicles require the operator to maintain a log. This is very important for the claim, as the log may show that the driver was driving too many hours on the road and therefore might have been, and probably was, tired, and therefore not attentive to the road at the time of the incident. There are standards and regulations which drivers are required to follow when hauling goods in a Commercial Truck. In addition, the blame is not only on the driver for failing to follow the rules, but the company that hired the driver or the company that the driver works for may also bear some responsibility for having systems in place or rules in place which were not adequate to prevent certain types of conduct which could lead to a terrible crash with one of their vehicles. If you or a loved one were involved in a accident with a commercial vehicle, call The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. for a consultation. There is no fee whatsoever unless we recover compensation for you, and, as always, all consultations are absolutely free.
This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.