Duquesne Truck Accident Lawyer

What happened in those critical moments before your vehicle collided with a commercial truck? The answer could spell thousands, hundreds of thousands, or even millions of dollars in your pocket to put toward recovery. Contact a personal injury attorney in Pittsburgh at Chaffin Luhana. Your first call is free, and you’re under no obligation to hire us, but if you do, you will not pay a cent until your case resolves. If it doesn’t result in a payout, then you owe us nothing. So it’s worth looking into what our Duquesne truck accident lawyers can do for you. Our attorneys have recovered over $1 billion for our clients, as well as multi-million-dollar individual recoveries. Our core value is “Doing Good by Doing Right.”

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What Causes Truck Accidents?

Rarely are collisions truly “accidental” acts of nature or fate. While each crash is unique, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found 87% of truck accidents can be attributed to driver error. One of three critical events typically precede a tractor-trailer crash:

  • 32% run out of the travel lane – either into another lane or off the road
  • 29% lose control due to cargo shift, traveling too fast for conditions, systems failure, or road conditions
  • 22% collide with the rear-end of another vehicle in their lane.

Of course, there are a myriad of contributing factors. The National Transportation Safety Board estimates that fatigue plays a role in 30 to 40 percent of large truck crashes. Hours of Service regulations govern the amount of time a driver can be on the road for a single stretch, how and when breaks are taken, and how many hours can be driven in a week. However, all too often, drivers are encouraged or even forced to lie in their driver logbooks to go above and beyond what is safe or legal. Even when drivers are complying with the law, long stretches of night driving, poor eating habits, and irregular schedules can contribute to overwhelming fatigue.

In addition to fatigue, other factors include:

  • Distraction
  • Brake or parts problems
  • Unsafe speed
  • Inadequate training or oversight
  • Inexperience

Chaffin Luhana will leave no stone unturned in delving into what caused the accident. Uncovering the answers is one of the most rewarding aspects of working with a dedicated investigative team.

Do You Have Grounds for A Truck Accident Lawsuit?

Contacting a Pittsburgh truck accident lawyer for a free consultation is the best way to know for sure whether you have grounds for a lawsuit. However, you will generally have grounds to sue if you can answer “yes” to some or all the following questions:

  • Did your truck accident occur within two years?
  • Were you injured seriously (broken bone, concussion, bulging disc, etc.) with months of recovery time?
  • Were you injured catastrophically (brain, spine, face, appendages) with permanently disabling injuries?
  • Did you lose a loved one in the wreckage?
  • Were you less than 50% responsible for causing the accident?

Don’t attempt to represent yourself in court. With potentially millions of dollars on the line, the trucker’s insurance company will bring out their most experienced senior adjusters to determine what your case is “worth.” They do not work for you, but for a company that is looking to meet financial goals for the year. Our Duquesne truck accident lawyers will leave no stone unturned when investigating what happened. Our large, successful, well-heeled firm has all the resources you need to build a thorough case that can withstand judge and jury if necessary. Finally, we make sure your story is told and your injuries are not minimized.