Pittsburgh Truck Accidents Attorney
Trucks are still one of the primary ways that as a society we move goods and materials around the country.
There are many good truck drivers and trucking companies, however, commercial trucks that are poorly maintained, trucks that do not have their cargo properly secured, or trucks that are operated irresponsibly are unfortunately a common a problem throughout Pittsburgh and the Ohio River Valley area.
If you or a loved one have been the victim of an accident involving a semi-truck in Pittsburgh, West Virginia, or Ohio, you need to seek the help of an attorney who is an experienced in trucking accident litigation.
The attorneys at Chaffin Luhana LLP have the expertise you need on your side for these complex trucking cases. We have aggressively advocated for years on behalf of trucking accident victims to ensure that they are appropriately compensated for their injuries.
The Chaffin Luhana team has the resources, experience with complex cases, and passion to carefully investigate and zealously litigate and try your trucking accident case.
To date, our attorneys have achieved over $1 billion in recoveries for their clients. Make sure the trucking company that caused your injuries is held responsible. Contact us today.
Were You Involved in a Trucking Accident?
An accident with a truck can be a traumatic and devastating experience. It may be difficult to immediately have the presence of mind to think in terms of medical bills, lost wages, lawsuits, and evidence gathering.
However, if you have been in a crash involving an 18-wheeler, there are some things that are helpful to do sooner, rather than later.
Our attorneys are experienced in the complexities of car crashes involving semi-trucks throughout Pittsburgh and the Ohio River Valley region. We understand what it takes to build a case to ensure that you receive all compensation you are entitled to under the law. We are diligent in gathering all of the evidence needed to prove that you deserve to have your medical bills, wage/job loss, and pain and suffering reimbursed for as long as is necessary.
We offer a free case review for injury victims. See how our legal team can help you receive the compensation that you deserve.
Doctors Can Be Expensive, Should I Wait For Treatment?
You have just been injured in a car accident with a large truck. You might feel sore, some body parts may feel stiff, you notice a pain in your back that you did not notice before. Some people may be inclined to wait it out to see if the pain goes away. In some cases, you may not have any pain at all at first, but waiting to get a medical evaluation is not the best course of action.
While we sometimes take a wait-and-see approach if we discover some aches or pains and are unsure of the origin, any such issues following a truck accident are a different story. When it comes to any pain or just feeling “out of sorts” after an accident involving a large five-ton truck, you need to get examined by a medical professional.
That is not to say that minor aches and pains must be the result of the accident. But it is highly likely that you might be feeling the beginnings of some physical issue as a result of the accident that may not be apparent to you right away.
Moreover, if you do end up in litigation with regard to an accident, you will want to have evidence from a medical professional definitively describing the immediate effects of the accident on you.
In sum, the answer to the question “should I wait to get medical treatment after my accident?” is a resounding NO. The key is “better safe than sorry” after an accident. Get the peace of mind from a doctor that nothing is terribly wrong. Or, in the unfortunate circumstance where something is wrong, having a medical professional attend to it quickly. Creating a record of your injury can be vital to future compensation from litigation.
Do I Have a Case for My Trucking Accident?
A car wreck involving a large truck can be a difficult, jarring experience. If there were injuries, then it can be even more challenging, particularly when you are forced to deal with insurance companies.
Of course, the best course of action after an accident involving a semi-truck or 18-wheeler is to retain an experienced trucking accident attorney.
During your initial discussion with your attorney after your crash, you can expect to be asked many questions relating to the accident. For example:
- Were there any injuries serious enough to require a hospital visit, or any fatalities?
- Is there a disagreement about who was at fault?
- Do you feel that you were incorrectly identified as the person at fault?
- Are lawyers for the insurance companies involved in the case?
- Were you insured at the time of the accident?
- Did the accident arise from problems with your car, with the road signs, or with some other outside issue?
- Did the accident happen in a construction area?
If you answered “Yes” to any of the above questions, you should consider contacting the experienced trucking lawyers at Chaffin Luhana LLP and filing a trucking accident lawsuit.
Why Use Chaffin Luhana For My Trucking Accident Case?
Trucking accident verdicts and settlements are not the only way we measure success. The way we measure success is, in fact, the thing that puts us ahead of our competition in Pittsburgh and the Ohio River Valley. The measure of success comes down to one word – Experience.
An experienced attorney is someone who provides comprehensive legal services and understands the nuances of your trucking accident case. We hone in on important and sometimes overlooked questions such as:
- Was the black box recovered from the truck?
- Were the vehicles involved in the accident preserved?
- When was the semi-truck last serviced?
- How many hours did the driver work that day or over the course of days?
The comprehensive approach of our attorneys at Chaffin Luhana embodies the following principles:
This four-part commitment to excellence is the quality legal service that gives Chaffin Luhana an edge as a go-to trucking accident plaintiffs firm in Pittsburgh and Ohio River Valley region. When you come to Chaffin Luhana, you can expect personalized, experienced, and quality legal representation.
Determining the Value of Your Case
If you’ve been injured in a trucking accident and are considering pursuing legal action, you’ve most likely thought, “What is my case worth?”
Unfortunately, it does depend on many factors. A thorough investigation needs to occur before the value of a case can truly be determined.
Although you may have a rough idea of what kind of financial loss is involved in your case, you need to have your trucking accident attorney look at many factors before giving an estimation on case value. Some factors include:
- The actual facts of the accident – the “who, what, when, where, and how” of the accident.
- Your total losses, including present and future medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
- Are there any other tort claims involving injuries to a loved one, or negligence on the part of other parties involved.
- The counterarguments of the defendant trucking company, truck driver, etc.
Accordingly, a great deal of complex investigation must be completed before your attorney can get a true sense of the value of case.
The key in this process is to find a personal injury attorney with years of experience in complex trucking litigation, with whom you can confide and feel comfortable working with.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in an accident involving a large truck, contact Chaffin Luhana LLP or call us now at 1-888-316-2311.
What Fees or Costs Will I Need to Pay?
As a Chaffin Luhana client, you will not owe us any payment upfront. Our law firm exclusively represents plaintiffs and works on a contingency fee, which means you only pay us if we’re able to recover a payment for you.
In the unfortunate event that our attorneys are unable to achieve a recovery for you, you will owe us nothing.
During our initial consultation, our firm will help you understand our attorney fees and how they impact your potential recovery.
I Hit a Guardrail During My Accident
Hitting a guardrail in an accident can be very relevant to your case. Guardrails are specifically engineered to help absorb the impact of the vehicle striking it. Ideally, guardrails and their “end treatments” are supposed to collapse upon impact, thereby absorbing some of the vehicle’s velocity and diverting the rail away from the vehicle.
However, some guardrail end treatments can be defective and can even make an accident even worse, causing severe injuries or death.
In 2017, at least 4 vehicle occupants were killed when their vehicles collided with guardrail end treatments. It has been alleged that the Lindsay X-Lite guardrail end system was defective and responsible for the issue.
The behavior of a guardrail during a trucking accident or even a single-car accident, can be very important for your case.
That is why you need an experienced trucking accident and complex liability attorney guiding you through the process. Your attorney can help you gather evidence, ensuring that the condition of the guardrail is investigated to see if it is, in fact, relevant to the injuries you sustained.
Our attorneys understand the importance of every aspect of an accident scene. Take advantage of our experience and call us today at 1-888-316-2311.
Large Truck Accidents By The Numbers: A Problem That Is Getting Worse
Automobile safety features are improving, but collisions with large trucks are an ongoing problem. Given the difference in weight between an 18-wheeler and a passenger car (approximately 5 tons vs. 2 tons), truck accident statistics are something that should be considered closely.
The chart below compares the number of injuries incurred by truck occupants (typically drivers) vs non-occupants (other motorists, passengers, and pedestrians) over the last 10 years.
Number of Injuries from Truck Accidents, 2006 to 2015
Source: National Center for Statistics and Analysis; https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812373
As you can see, in trucking accidents, people outside the truck bear the brunt of the injuries. In fact, the threat of injury is almost 3x greater for people outside the truck. Moreover, while there was a slight trend downward in 2008 and 2009, the injury statistics overall are on the rise.
Other trucking accident statistics and trends from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- There were 4,067 people killed in crashes involving large trucks in 2015. That is a 4% increase from 2014.
- An estimated 116,000 people were injured in crashes involving large trucks in 2015, which is also a 4% increase from 2014.
- 74% of people killed in large-truck crashes were the occupants of the other vehicles, rather than in the trucks.
- 2% of the large-truck drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2015 had blood alcohol concentrations of .08 g/dL or higher, which is much lower than drivers of other vehicle types (21% for passenger cars, 20% for light trucks, and 27% for motorcycles).
Common Injuries From Trucking Accidents
These statistics show us that large truck accidents are a perpetual problem on our roads and the non-truck drivers and passengers are most at risk of injuries in large truck accidents. The attorneys at Chaffin Luhana LLP, have handled many cases where clients suffered significant loss in a truck accident. Examples of truck accident injuries include:
- Amputation injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Crushing injuries
- Facial fractures
- Severe lacerations
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Wrongful death
If you have been in a truck accident and have suffered any of the injuries listed, or any other type of injury, we are here to help you.
Trucking Accident FAQs
I was just in a truck accident, what do I do next?
If you were just in a truck wreck, the first thing you should do is seek any medical treatment that is necessary. You need to take care of your health first. Then, contact a trucking accident lawyer. The experienced attorneys at Chaffin Luhana have years of experience in the complex litigation for trucking accident victims.
Having the right attorney by your side will ensure the correct steps are taken during the progress of your case. Your attorney can investigate the accident, preserve all of the relevant evidence, take statements and photographs to create a complete factual picture of the incident, and then consult with you on their recommended course of action.
What should I do if I the trucking company contacts me before retaining an attorney?
It would be advisable not to speak with the trucking company, or even consider any kind of settlement before retaining your own attorney. If the trucking company believes it is at fault, it is highly possible that they will want to get a recorded conversation with you, have you sign forms from them or their insurance carrier, or consider a quick settlement.
It would not be recommended that you make any disclosures or any decisions about the case without consulting an experienced trucking lawyer first.
What should I do after an accident to prepare for a possible lawsuit?
The best thing to do is make a record of all relevant areas of damage or injury. So, be sure to:
- Get a copy of the accident police report.
- Get your insurance company to value the property damage you suffered.
- Keep a journal of all medical treatments and doctor visits.
- Add to your journal all out-of-pocket expenses as a result of the accident.
- Keep track of missed days of work or other important activities.
Should I accept the initial settlement offered by the trucking company?
NO! It is not recommended that you accept any settlement by the trucking company without consulting with an attorney first.
The trucking company obviously has an incentive to end the case quickly and cheaply. Thus, they will likely make an offer that will not make you whole, particularly when a full investigation has not been completed.
The only way to be sure that a settlement offer is worthy of consideration is to consult a trucking accident attorney with complex litigation experience.
File a Trucking Accident Lawsuit
Having worked with accident victims for years, we understand how challenging it can be to deal with pain, medical bills, and loss of wages and work time.
We are experienced in the personal injury and insurance law in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio, and will do whatever we can to ensure that you are compensated for your injuries.
Large truck accidents appear to be on the rise, and therefore, we stand ready to help you with empathy, good advice, and effective representation in court.