Truck Accident Fact Sheet
The Federal Department of Transportation’s Analysis and Information Online website prepares annual reports regarding accidents involving large trucks (a truck weighing more than 10,000 pounds or designed to transport nine or more people). Data from A&I Online and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation show how dangerous truck accidents can be:
- 5,305 trucks were involved in non-fatal crashes.
- 2,614 trucks were involved in injury crashes, resulting in 3,379 injuries.
- 147 deaths were reported as a result of truck accidents, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
- Truck accidents caused 12% of all motor vehicle deaths in Pennsylvania, and 4% of all accident-related injuries.
Truck Accident Incidents
Due to the size of the vehicles, injuries in truck accident deaths are often much more serious than those sustained in car accidents. And because Scranton is in close proximity of several interstate highways, it is possible that you or a loved one will be involved in a large truck accident at some point in your life.
Common Types of Injuries Caused by Truck Accidents
Truck accidents are caused by a number of factors, including driver fatigue, unbalanced or improperly loaded cargo, excessive speed or driving while intoxicated. Regardless of the cause of the truck accident, the ramifications are the same: physical injuries and costly medical bills. Common injuries caused by truck accidents include:
Spinal cord injury (SCI)
The severity of the damage done by a spinal cord injury depends on the location of the break of fracture. Such an injury can result in months or years of physical rehabilitation, lifelong, debilitating pain, and/or complete or partial paralysis.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
A traumatic brain injury is the result of excessive trauma to the head. Initial injuries include swelling, bleeding or bruising of the brain, which can later cause seizures, cognitive impairments and other medical problems caused by the brain’s failure to self-regulate systems.
Truck accidents can result in complete or partial amputation of a body part, such as a hand or foot, or an entire limb.
Broken bones sustained in truck accidents can require surgery with pins, rods or metal plates to help the bones heal properly, and may cause lifelong pain.
Damage to internal organs
Injuries such as bruising or laceration to internal organs can result in the need to remove a lung, kidney or other non-vital body parts, which can have an adverse impact on your future health and ability to enjoy life.
Other injuries associated with
Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may require extensive hospitalization to recover. This opens the door to contracting infections or other serious illnesses unrelated to the initial injury due to the lengthy hospital stay.
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Investigating Truck Accidents Requires Resources
Preparing a truck accident claim poses a unique set of challenges in that the defendant in such cases is not only the truck driver, but more often than not the trucking company, which is sometimes a large corporation. These companies often have in-house legal counsel and are willing to spend millions of dollars in order to save themselves from having to pay a multi-million dollar settlement. Luckily, the truck accident attorneys at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. are highly knowledgeable and unwilling to back down.
Any truck accident investigation begins with a thorough review of the circumstances surrounding the crash. Our attorneys will examine any and all accident reports prepared by the police, accident reconstruction experts, and the insurance company in order to begin to piece together what could have caused the crash. If necessary, we will hire an independent expert to review all of the evidence and provide his opinion on the cause of the accident.
Evidence in truck accident cases is extremely important, and it is imperative that it be recovered quickly before it can be purposely or accidentally destroyed. Large trucks are often equipped with “black boxes” similar to those found on commercial airplanes, which may contain valuable information regarding the truck right before the crash, including speed and load weight. Truck drivers often keep logs of their time spent driving, and it is imperative to obtain these logs before they can be altered or destroyed to determine if the driver had taken federally mandated rest periods. Video from surrounding traffic or surveillance videos may also offer evidence of the cause of the crash. These cameras often run on a loop and self-erase once space runs out, so it is important to obtain copies before it is destroyed.
Medical testimony is also of the utmost importance. In addition to documentation and testimony from your physician regarding the cause and extent of your injuries and their current and potential impact on your health, testimony from you, family members and friends regarding the negative impact the injuries have had on your everyday life is essential.
Truck accident cases require painstaking review of many different types of evidence and the knowledge to understand it all. Several members in our practice are licensed doctors and nurses, and we are closely associated with highly respected medical and accident reconstruction experts. Our Scranton truck accident attorneys have the experience and resources necessary to win financial compensation for your case.
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