Posted on February 7, 2018
Early this morning, a tractor trailer crash in Pennsylvania closed a portion of Interstate 70 westbound in Washington County. In the morning, snow still continued to fall to the ground and subsequent freezing rain did not help matters, mixing together to create an icy combination. With the tractor trailer crash closing down halfway, delays were imminent. Luckily, no other parties were hurt, though a variety of other crashes took place throughout the county this morning, from PennDOT truck crashes, to those involving other vehicle drivers. Delays held up miles of traffic throughout the morning until conditions calmed down.
Tractor trailer crashes are bound to end in injuries when two parties are involved. It is actually incredibly rare to be involved in a tractor trailer- on passenger vehicle accident and escape with no injuries, because of the sheer size difference in vehicles. Tractor trailers also have many other disadvantages that we do not experience in passenger vehicles, like poor braking ability, less maneuverability, and the fact that they are sometimes carrying dangerous cargo. These accidents take place for a variety of reasons every year, some of which constitute negligence by truck drivers due to lack of training or distracted driving.
If you have been injured in a tractor trailer accident, you probably suffered from tremendous losses from catastrophic injuries. You may be behind on medical bills, lost wages from work due to missing out on your hours, or suffer emotionally now that you have experienced a life-changing accident. You may wonder how you can move forward and gain compensation for your claim.
Bringing a claim against a truck driver is not unheard of, but did you know that there might be another party involved? Perhaps the truck company knew that it was hiring a driver with a record of drunk or negligent driving, and that you can prove the company is liable for negligent hiring, negligent supervision, or entrustment by the company. Companies have been known to sometimes break regulations in the trucking industry, like asking truck drivers to put in illegal overtime and risk the lives of others on the road.
If you have been injured in a tractor trailer-related accident, you may wonder where to turn. At Edelstein Martin & Nelson, we have experience in these cases and want to help you get the best results after you have been injured and aren’t sure where to turn. Call us today at 888-208-1810.