Truck Accident Lawyers in West Virginia and Pennsylvania
Tractor-trailer trucks are the behemoths of the road. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, a total of 4,102 people died in large truck crashes in 2017. Seventeen percent of these deaths were truck occupants, 68 percent were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles, and 14 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists. The number of people who died in large truck crashes was 30 percent higher in 2017 than in 2009, when it was the lowest it has been since the collection of fatal crash data began in 1975.
While it is important to contact a lawyer after any accident, it cannot be emphasized enough just how important it is after a truck accident. Immediate investigation and preservation of evidence is a must. Why? Because large trucking companies aggressively investigate and defend themselves against all claims. Did you know that one very large National trucking company has a corporate jet, pilot and investigator on 24 hour standby for just such a purpose? They are dispatched to the scene of all major accidents involving their trucks. They gather evidence, interview witnesses, and hire experts to support their positions.
To counter the quick action and deep pockets of trucking companies, you need aggressive counsel who know how they operate. You also need experienced counsel who know how to preserve important evidence, hire the right experts, and find the evidence to support your case.
Over the road trucking companies are governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. These regulations dictate, among other things:
- Driver qualifications
- Vehicle maintenance and inspection
- Document retention
- How long drivers may drive
Our experience shows that the regulations are often not followed. Such non-compliance can be a great benefit to your case but only if you know where to look.
If you or a loved one is injured or killed as a result of a large truck crash, contact us immediately. Delaying will only allow a trucking company a bigger head start than they already have. Remember, there is no obligation to use our services and you will not pay a fee unless we win your case. Pecori & Pecori. Pennsylvania truck accident lawyers.