Frequently Asked Questions About Truck Accidents

Victims of trucking accidents often face a lifetime of consequences. If you lost a loved one, you now have a gaping hole in your life that can never be filled. Survivors of these tragic accidents are often left with crippling injuries and permanent disabilities. The legal considerations alone can be overwhelming.

Below, you will find information regarding common concerns we hear at Young Ricchiuti Caldwell & Heller, LLC. As always, however, you should consult with one of our attorneys about your unique situation.

What Went Wrong?

It's a basic human need to understand why accidents happen. Often, the answers aren't immediately apparent. It may take a lengthy and detailed investigation to get to the bottom of what happened.

All too often these instances are the result of system failures rather than individual truck driver errors. When we uncover violations in regard to hiring, training, procedures, best practices, logbooks and other important procedures, we can trace the liability back to the trucking company involved.

We understand your need for answers and accountability. Our lawyers will invest the time to uncover all the relevant evidence. We will piece together the puzzle to gain a big-picture perspective of what caused the accident.

Who Was At Fault?

In addition to revealing what went wrong, a thorough investigation will also cast light on who was at fault. The answer may not be limited to the truck driver alone. The trucking company, the company hired to screen drivers, the dispatcher, the truck manufacturer or other parties might also be partly responsible. You can rely on our legal team to pursue compensation from the right parties.

What Kind Of Evidence Will I Need To Prove My Case?

Numerous types of evidence will help establish what happened, who was at fault and what kind of losses you have suffered as a result of the accident. Important evidence in these cases might include:

  • Photos from the accident scene
  • The vehicles themselves
  • Medical documentations of your injuries
  • Documentation of your lost income resulting from the accident
  • Testimony from accident reconstructionists and other experts
  • The truck driver's logbooks (including duplicate sets)
  • Dispatch records
  • GPS records
  • Electronic toll records
  • Surveillance videos
  • Gas receipts
  • Maintenance records
  • The truck's "black box" (electronic control module)
  • Citations for regulatory violations or other infractions anywhere in the country

What Options Do I Have?

Depending on your situation, you might have a personal injury or wrongful death claim against multiple parties. You may be entitled to significant compensation for an accident involving a truck or commercial vehicle. Our lawyers can analyze your situation and walk you through your options.

Once a lawsuit is underway, you will confront another set of important choices, including whether to settle or fight for a better outcome in court. The decision ultimately belongs to you alone. However, our lawyers will draw on 200-plus years of combined experience in providing the guidance you need to weigh your options. Should you choose to go to trial, you can rest assured that you have a team of accomplished litigators on your side.

Take a look at our results — including a number of multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts.

How Soon Should I File A Claim?

You should always consult with a lawyer as soon as you can after an accident. Your rights may be subject to strict deadlines, and you could lose out on your chance to pursue a claim if you wait too long.

We invite you to contact our firm to schedule a free, no-obligation case review. To learn more, please call our office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at 267-838-9653.