Philadelphia Tractor Trailer Accident Attorney
When a tractor-trailer collides with a smaller vehicle, the results can be catastrophic and deadly. In many cases, truck accidents result from reckless and careless driving on the part of truckers on many of the multi-lane, high-speed superhighways and other roadways in the greater Philadelphia area — including in New Jersey.
At The Levin Firm, our injury attorneys understand that representing tractor–trailer and other heavy truck accident victims requires particular skills and knowledge. Our attorneys fight to recover the many types of damages and compensation our clients are entitled to, including medical expenses, hospital bills, rehabilitation expenses, lost earnings, future wage losses, lost earning capacity, physical disabilities, scars, loss of limbs, brain and head injuries, emotional distress, depression, anxiety, grief, and pain and suffering.
The Philadelphia tractor-trailer and truck accident lawyers at The Levin Firm have extensive experience helping people like you seek the compensation they’re owed when they’ve been hurt. Don’t let a negligent truck driver or the company that employs them get away with causing you severe physical harm and financial distress. Instead, call us to schedule a free consultation to discuss how we can help you.
What Is Truck Driver Negligence?
Trucks and tractor–trailers are large, heavy vehicles that must be operated with care and caution. If a truck driver is negligent in any way, they are putting themselves and others in harm’s way.
Truck driver negligence can take one or more of the following forms, among others:
- Careless or reckless driving
- Exceeding the posted speed limit for trucks
- Distracted driving, including texting and cell phone use behind the wheel
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI or DUID)
- Failure to yield right-of-way
- Cutting curves too sharply
- Driving while fatigued
- Failing to use turn signals, especially on busy roadways
- Poor vehicle maintenance, including poorly maintained brakes, warning lights, and trailer lights
- Changing lanes too quickly
- Driving too fast for existing weather conditions
- Failure to follow Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations regarding truck and trailer load sizes, weight limits, overhang, warning signs, and escort vehicles
Truck driver carelessness and negligence can produce serious consequences, such as chain reaction collisions (especially in wet weather), multi-vehicle pileups, trailer overturns, and hazardous waste spills. A serious truck accident can also cause a trailer’s cargo to dislodge onto the roadway, resulting in a massive accident or pile-up.
Making a Claim Against a Trucking Company in Philadelphia
In addition to filing a claim or lawsuit against a truck driver, an injured motorist may also have a claim against the driver’s employer, which is often a trucking company.
In other words, the trucking company may share responsibility for the truck driver’s negligence, if the driver was acting in the scope of employment at the time of the accident. If the trucking company is also at fault for the accident, it can share in the responsibility for all of the accident victim’s injuries and damages.
If the negligent truck driver is a repeat offender and has a bad track record for causing accidents or receiving citations, the trucking company may face liability for negligently hiring, retaining, or supervising the at-fault driver.
In some cases, a trucking company will allege that it had no control over the negligent truck driver, meaning that the negligent truck driver was an independent contractor, not an employee. Because employers are typically liable only for the negligent conduct of employees, a trucking company that successfully categorizes a truck driver as an independent contractor can avoid liability for an accident. However, it may be possible to show that the driver was actually an employee despite being labeled an independent contractor.
An experienced truck accident lawyers will investigate the crash, obtain vital evidence, and will build the strongest, most persuasive case possible on your behalf.