We Protect The Rights Of Those Injured In Tractor-Trailer Accidents
Cases resulting from tractor-trailer accidents can often involve multiple parties, including commercial drivers, employers and insurance companies. Furthermore, defendants in these cases are often large organizations with expert legal teams acting on their behalf. By turning to our tractor-trailer accident lawyers at our Lancaster, Pennsylvania, law firm, you will have an experienced, professional team protecting your rights.
When representing you, the team at McDonald at Law will draw upon decades of combined experience in personal injury cases to help obtain just compensation for your injuries and losses. We have achieved successful awards and settlements on behalf of our clients and are among one of the most decorated firms in Pennsylvania.
The Necessary Resources To Properly Investigate Tractor-Trailer Accidents
Tractor-trailer accidents are unique because truck drivers are held to a high professional standard, and both state and federal laws can apply. Additionally, there are often multiple defendants involved since liability can be attributed to more than one party. All of these factors can make truck accident cases incredibly complex, so it is highly recommended that you seek counsel from an experienced lawyer if you or someone you love has been injured in a collision with a tractor-trailer.
Experience You Can Trust
Led by a nationally board-certified trial specialist, we have extensive experience conducting comprehensive investigations into tractor-trailer accidents. During our investigation into your accident, we may:
- Interview witnesses
- Preserve and review evidence from the scene
- Consult accident reconstruction experts
- Consult industry and forensics experts
Investigating tractor-trailer accidents also requires an understanding of multiple state and federal policies. With our experience in these areas, we can determine the cause of your accident, establish negligence and help you file a claim against all parties that can be shown to be at fault.
Common Causes Of Tractor-Trailer Accidents
Any number of factors and circumstances can lead to a trucking accident. A truck may be overloaded above the recommended capacity, a tire may fail because it was used beyond its intended life span, or a truck driver may drive recklessly or above the posted speed limit. In general, most tractor-trailer accidents occur because:
- An individual or organization acted negligently: If it can be shown that the tractor-trailer driver or someone acting on behalf of the tractor-trailer company was negligent, then we can file a claim against his or her employer. For example, we can review the number of miles the truck driver drove over a single period and analyze the amount of rest he or she got during this time. There are federal regulations stipulating forced rest periods and maximum amount of time on the road. If these regulations were violated, negligence can be clearly shown.
- A piece of equipment was defective: If the accident resulted from a defective part or component, then a product liability case may be possible. Manufacturers, designers and distributors have a responsibility to ensure that their products are safe for general use. In cases where it can be shown that a product was unsafe for use or prematurely failed, then the responsible parties can be held liable for damages stemming from this product defect.