Truckers play an important role in the American economy and in all our daily lives. They carry freight from port to store, and everything from food to clothing and furniture made available for sale to the general public can only get there thanks to truck drivers hauling it there. While many truck drivers take the safety of themselves and others into consideration during the course of performing their job duties, other truckers may be negligent when it comes to ensuring safety, and that negligence can have terrible consequences. Speeding, driving under the influence, failure to stop—these are all acts of negligence that can lead to horrific multi-vehicle collisions and serious, even fatal, injuries. If you were hurt in a truck crash and want to discuss your legal options with a truck accident lawyer, contact the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. to get informed about your legal rights as an accident victim.
Truck accident facts and statistics
According to a report published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in 2016 more than 100,000 people are estimated to have been injured in crashes involving heavy trucks in the United States, and more than 720 vehicle occupants were killed in accidents involving large trucks that same year. The total number of fatalities when vehicle occupant deaths are combined with non-motorist deaths in truck crashes was 4,317 in 2016. More than 190 fatalities due to large truck accidents took place in Pennsylvania alone.
Negligence and liability
If a truck driver or a trucking company is negligent in some way and their negligence causes an injury accident to happen, the driver and the company can be held liable—or legally responsible—for the damages to people or property that their negligence caused. This means that truckers and their companies can be compelled by the courts to pay out cash to the victims who suffered because of the trucker or trucking company’s actions. For example, if a driver was traveling above the speed limit and this caused an accident, the driver can be sued for damages. If the trucking company provided a truck they knew was not roadworthy and the truck malfunctioned and this caused an accident, the company can be sued for the damages that resulted from their negligence, as well.
Horsham truck accident attorneys
If you were hurt in a crash and need a truck accident lawyer in Horsham, reach out to the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. Our attorneys are experienced personal injury litigators with a passion for providing their clients with top-tier legal services. We can be your courtroom advocates and will fight to get you the financial compensation you could be entitled to as an accident victim. The amount of compensation depends on a number of factors related to your accident, such as medical treatment cost, extent and severity of injury, wages lost as a result of injury, and pain and suffering endured. We will work hard to get you the maximum cash award, either via a negotiated settlement or a courtroom win. Contact us today for your free case assessment.