Truck Accidents

Philadelphia is surrounded by major highways that are crowded with commercial trucks driving at high rates of speed. These big rigs weight over ten thousand pounds and are often loaded with heavy goods, making them very difficult to stop suddenly and far too likely to overturn. Big trucks may seem like they’re everywhere when we’re on the road, but the truth is that they account for only three percent of the vehicles on the road – yet they represent over a quarter of the vehicular deaths that occur in the United States.

Because trucks are so large and their weight can shift so easily, special laws have been put in place that require commercial drivers to receive special training in their operation. Additionally, the owners of the truck companies are required to ensure that the trucks are carefully inspected and regularly maintained. Trucks are top-heavy, often improperly loaded and unstable. Drivers can easily lose control of them; combining their size with their speed often means that being involved in an accident with a truck can result in death and in devastating traumatic injuries.

The most common injuries incurred as a result of a truck accident are:

  • Internal Injuries
  • Broken Bones
  • Concussions
  • Severed limbs
  • Crushing Injuries
  • Brain Damage
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Paralysis

These serious injuries require a tremendous amount of medical attention. Victims of truck accidents often require long hospital stays followed by rehabilitation. Often they are unable to return to work or suffer from relentless pain. Many times their injuries have a profound impact on the quality of their life and their ability to provide for their family. The attorneys at Reinherz & Reinherz understand how a truck accident can impact your life, and we’ll work our hardest to make sure that you receive the compensation that you deserve to take care of your damages and expenses.

When truck accidents occur, the trucking companies often send out a team of investigators armed with paperwork for you to sign; they may offer you cash in exchange for waiving your rights, or try to implicate you as having caused the accident. In most cases, the driver of the truck is found to be at fault. This can happen for many reasons: driver exhaustion or distraction, the use of illegal drugs or alcohol, or poorly maintained vehicles. It is essential that you are represented buy a qualified, competent truck accident attorney to make sure that your rights are protected and that the accident is thoroughly investigated. The lawyers at Reinherz & Reinherz have the experience and dedication you need to make sure that you get the compensation that you deserve.

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