Pennsylvania Attorney Holding Truckers and Trucking Companies Accountable
When you have been in a truck accident, the most important thing is seeking the medical attention you need. The second most important thing is talking with a lawyer who understands the unique aspects of trucking accident cases — the sooner, the better.
At the central Pennsylvania law office of Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr, our firm knows how serious truck accidents can be. Injuries are usually severe; often, the victims in passenger vehicles are disabled or die. Our trucking accident lawyer knows how to investigate these complex cases in order to prove fault and to identify all possible sources of financial compensation.
If you were hurt or a loved one died in a truck crash, contact an Altoona trucking accident attorney today for a free initial consultation, or call us at 814-946-4100. Our firm works hard to get you the compensation you need in cases involving brain injuries,spinal cord injuries, scarring, disfigurement and wrongful death.
Proving the Truck Accident Case
Immediately after the accident, the trucking company and its insurer will send a team of investigators to the scene of the accident. As soon as our firm is hired, we also take action to get a team on the scene to collect evidence and interview potential witnesses. We photograph the scene, measure gouge marks and skid marks, and interview the police.
Our team will gather other evidence from the trucking company, the driver, from police reports and Department of Transportation records. We examine all evidence that may point to safety violations that could have caused or contributed to the 18-wheeler accident, such as:
- Truck driver factors: Was the driver driving too long? Was fatigue a factor? Was the truck driver drunk or using drugs? Was he distracted by use of a cell phone? Was the truck driver driving recklessly? Did he or she have a history of traffic violations?
- Truck equipment factors: Was the truck regularly inspected and serviced? Were there any known equipment problems? Was the truck overloaded? Was the load properly secured? Did equipment failure contribute to the accident?
- Trucking company factors: Was the driver properly licensed and trained or did the truck company negligently hire unqualified drivers? Did the truck company expect drivers to drive too many miles or to speed in order to meet delivery goals? Were the company vehicles in compliance with all federal regulations?
Ensuring Full Compensation
After the investigation phase, there is often a waiting period while your injuries heal. This ensures that you do not settle your case too early and for less money than you actually need to cover your medical expenses and financial losses. During this time, our firm will be in contact with your doctors to determine if you need additional treatment or a referral to a specialist.
Contact Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr, About Your Truck Accident
To schedule a free initial consultation with a personal injury lawyer, contact our central Pennsylvania law firm by calling 814-946-4100.
Home and hospital visits can be arranged. Evening and weekend hours are available for your convenience.