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Why You Need A Semi Truck Accident Lawyer?

Choosing the right law firm can make a big difference when you’re involved in a truck accident. The Scranton Law Firm has the specific skills, experience, and resources needed to help you fully recover from a truck or commercial vehicle accident.

We’ve successfully helped many people who were injured or lost loved ones in truck accidents to get the compensation they deserve. We are committed to treating our clients with kindness, respect, and understanding throughout their legal journey.

Accidents involving commercial trucks often lead to much more serious injuries compared to regular car accidents, and sometimes, these accidents can tragically result in wrongful death. Legal cases involving commercial vehicles and trucking companies are quite complex. Often, several companies involved in transporting the cargo might share responsibility for the accident, not just the truck driver or the trucking company itself.

At The Scranton Law Firm, we understand these complexities and are dedicated to guiding you through the process, ensuring you receive the justice and support you need

What Are The Leading Causes of Truck Accidents?

How Can I Prove The Semi Truck Drivers Negligence?

Proving the negligence of a semi-truck driver in a truck accident case requires a thorough approach.By demonstrating the driver’s negligence through compelling evidence and expert analysis, you increase your chances of obtaining the compensation you deserve for your injuries and damages.When it comes to truck accidents, figuring out who is responsible can be more complicated than in regular car accidents. You might think the truck driver is solely to blame, but there could be several parties responsible for your injuries and losses. The Scranton Law Firm is skilled in identifying all parties who could be held accountable in a truck accident, which may include:

  • The truck driver
  • The trucking company
  • The company that made the truck
  • The company responsible for loading the truck’s cargo
  • Insurance companies
  • Government entities

In cases where the truck driver works as an independent contractor for a larger company, it can be challenging to determine how much control the company had over the driver. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) sets regulations for commercial trucks on U.S. roads, which can affect your case.

Sometimes, a truck accident might be caused by a faulty part. In such situations, the manufacturer of the truck or the faulty part could also be liable. A truck accident lawyer from The Scranton Law Firm can pinpoint all responsible parties and pursue them legally for their roles in the accident.

Proving you’re not at fault is crucial, whether in dealing with insurance claims or in court. In California, and indeed in most personal injury cases involving vehicles, you must establish four key points of negligence:

  1. The truck driver had a duty to drive safely and responsibly.
  2. The truck driver failed to meet this duty.
  3. This failure directly caused your or your loved one’s injuries.
  4. These injuries resulted in financial losses and other damages.

Understanding and proving these elements can be complex, but with experienced legal help, you can navigate these challenges effectively.

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Trucks are larger and more challenging to operate

  • Trucks are larger and more challenging to operate. Commercial trucks are longer, taller, and heavier than standard passenger vehicles. As a result, truck drivers must be constantly aware of blind spots, make wider turns, and leave themselves extra room to slow or stop. Failing to appreciate and respect these differences can cause serious collisions.


Truck accidents result in more severe injuries and damage

  • Truck accidents result in more severe injuries and damage. Since commercial trucks are so much larger and heavier than other vehicles, they carry significantly more momentum when involved in collisions. As a result, smaller vehicles and their occupants tend to bear the brunt of the impact in truck accidents, frequently leading to catastrophic injuries. 


There may be more at-fault parties in a truck accident case

  • There may be more at-fault parties in a truck accident case. There are many different entities invested in the operations of a large commercial truck, and any of these parties may be partially or fully responsible for a wreck. In addition to the truck driver, other at-fault parties may include the trucking company, truck maintenance teams, truck manufacturers, third-party trucking vendors, or cargo loading teams.


Truck accident cases involve different types of evidence.

  • Truck accident cases involve different types of evidence. In a car accident case, the available evidence is usually limited to physical clues left at the scene, photos or videos of the crash, and testimony from nearby witnesses. After a truck accident, there is a wealth of additional evidence that could support your claim. Examples include the truck’s “black box” data, records from its electronic logging devices (ELDs), maintenance reports, truck driver hours-of-service logs, cargo loading manifests, and truck company hiring or screening records

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What Types Of Damages Are Available To California Semi Truck Accident Victims?

  • If you’ve been involved in a California big rig accident, you may be eligible for various types of compensation. These can be categorized into three main types of damages.

    1. Economic Damages: These include measurable costs like medical expenses (hospital bills, rehabilitation costs, medication), lost wages due to time off work, and property damage.

    2. Non-Economic Damages: These cover intangible losses, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.

    3. Punitive Damages: These are less common and are awarded to punish the defendant for particularly egregious behavior and to deter others from similar conduct.

    Remember, each case is unique, so it’s crucial to consult with an experienced California rideshare accident lawyer. They can help assess your case, calculate potential compensation, and guide you through the complex legal process to secure the maximum recovery you deserve.

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Should I Communicate With the Trucking Company's Insurance Company?

As a seasoned personal injury lawyer with five decades of experience and over $1 Billion recovered for injured clients, I strongly advise against directly communicating with the trucking company’s insurance company after an accident. They may try to gather information to minimize their liability and offer you a lower settlement than you deserve. Instead, rely on your own legal representation to handle all communications. Our experienced lawyers will protect your rights, negotiate on your behalf, and ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries and damages. Let out team be your advocate and shield you from any potential tactics employed by the insurance company.


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What If I Have Lost a Loved One In A Fatal Truck Accident?

Losing a loved one in a fatal truck accident is a devastating experience. As an experienced personal injury lawyer, my heart goes out to you. In such cases, it’s crucial to seek legal guidance to protect your rights and seek justice. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses, loss of income, and emotional pain and suffering. An experienced attorney can help you navigate the complex legal process, gather evidence, and hold the responsible parties accountable. Remember, time is of the essence, so reach out to a trusted personal injury lawyer to discuss your case and understand your options.


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