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Truck Accident Fact Sheet: Large Trucks Can Be Dangerous

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, which is responsible for collecting and reporting statistics concerning motor vehicle accidents. Some of the most recent truck accident stats include:

  • In 2013, there were more than 24,000 reported injuries related to truck accidents.
  • Nearly 700 truck occupants were killed in truck accidents in each of 2012 and 2013.
  • Truck accidents made up 28% of all motor vehicle accidents in 2013.
  • In truck accidents reported for 2013, 2,834 other vehicle occupants (not the truck driver or other occupants of the truck) were killed.

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Philly is a high traffic region, especially for large, commercial trucks.

A number of major interstates run through Philadelphia and there are accidents on I-95 and I-76 every day, with some of these accidents involving large trucks.

Common Types of Injuries Cause By Truck Accidents

Truck accidents occurring in and around Philadelphia can produce quite an array of injuries for those people involved in the accident. A few of the more common injuries associated with truck accidents include:

Impact injuries.

Due to the large size of the trucks involved in these types of accidents, it is not uncommon to see broken or fractured bones, abrasions from broken glass, and injuries to the face when the airbag deploys as common impact-type injuries from truck accidents.

Soft Tissue Injuries

Sprains and strains are often experienced by those involved in accidents with large trucks. Contusions and bruising are also common.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Trucks have a large amount of momentum behind them at the time of an accident, which can generate a significant amount of force. Head injuries are common in truck accidents and are very serious.

Spinal Cord injuries

The force of impact during a truck accident is sufficient to cause damage to the spinal cord. Spinal cord damage can cause loss of sensation in certain parts of the body, nerve damage and partial or full paralysis.

Psychological Harm

Being involved in an accident with a large truck is often traumatizing for the other parties involved. It can be downright terrifying. This can generate post-traumatic stress disorder in some people.


Death is a possibility during a truck accident. If someone you love has been killed in a truck accident, you’ll need to seek legal representation.

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Philadelphia sees its fair share of truck accidents every year. When you are involved in a truck accident and suffer an injury, it is in your best interest to procure legal representation for your truck accident claim. The team at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC is familiar with the injuries that often result from truck accidents and can help you obtain the recovery you deserve. Our team has worked with many Philly clients who have suffered serious truck accident-related injuries, such as head, neck, spine and various other injuries, and we know exactly how to best help you too.

Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC serves the Philadelphia area and has more than four decades worth of experience helping truck accident clients recover for their injuries. Contact Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC To Handle Your Truck Accident Case Today.

Investigating Truck Accidents Requires Resources

Thoroughly investigating a truck accident requires technical experience, a comprehensive knowledge of the law and substantial financial resources. The investigating attorney will need to pinpoint the source of the truck accident. For instance, the truck driver may have been negligent, or inattentive at the wheel, thereby causing the accident. Or perhaps the truck driver’s employer failed to ensure that its employees comply with regulatory standards and requirements associated with truck driving and commercial transport. If the truck accident was the result of a defective part on the truck, such as a brake failure, improperly secured cargo, or inadequate or substandard repair of the truck, research will need to be conducted as to who manufactured, designed or sold the defective part, who improperly secured the cargo, or who improperly performed the truck maintenance. You will need a team of knowledgeable, skilled truck accident attorneys who know all the options that are available to you and will be able to help you obtain the compensation you deserve after your truck accident.

Truck accidents can be complicated and can require the expertise of many specialists in order to fully investigate the source of your injuries, the cause of the truck accident, and identify all of the parties who should be held accountable for your injuries. Experienced mechanics should be consulted to fully assess the condition and operability of the truck. The truck driver and his or her employer should be interviewed. Witnesses should be identified and their statements taken down in writing as evidence. Similarly, you should be examined by medical professionals who can assess the severity of your injuries and whether there is the potential for any long-term complications from those injuries.


Photographs of the scene of the accident will need to be taken at approximately the same time of day as the truck accident that caused your injuries, and preferably taken on the same day of the week as your accident to accurately reflect normal traffic conditions at the time of the accident. Photographs of any damage to your vehicle and your body should also be taken. Police reports, witnesses’ statements and any video evidence of the truck accident (if available) will need to be collected and prepared for trial.

Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC has been a renowned Philadelphia truck accident firm for many years, and our attorneys know what to do and how to advise you in your Philadelphia truck accident case. Our reputation precedes us, as we have helped many clients obtain the compensation that they deserve. Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC has the financial resources to thoroughly investigate the facts surrounding your truck accident and your injuries.Take Advantage of our free Truck Accident Consultation Today. Why not discuss your truck accident case with one of our highly qualified lawyers serving the Philly area?


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