Our Lancaster Attorneys Advocate for Victims of Truck Accidents
Recovery in catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reports that 145 fatal and 2,807 injury-causing truck crashes occurred in the state in 2010. Sadly, many of these devastating accidents could have been avoided if commercial drivers and trucking companies had acted responsibly.
Georgelis Law Firm, P.C. in Lancaster focuses on personal injury recovery. We take on challenging commercial vehicle collisions involving tractor-trailers, garbage trucks, construction equipment, delivery vans and other heavy vehicles. Our family-owned law firm treats you with compassion and respect as we tenaciously pursue the compensation you deserve.
Causes of truck accidents
Driving a commercial vehicle requires training, precision and concentration. One mistake can lead to tragedy. Yet some drivers act negligently by:
- Driving recklessly
- Forgoing sleep and rest breaks
- Driving while sick
- Using illegal drugs or alcohol
- Taking prescription medications that cause drowsiness
- Texting and talking on the mobile phone
- Eating and engaging in other distracting acts
Because of their size and weight, trucks cause catastrophic accidents that can result in wrongful death and devastating injuries, such as spinal cord damage, crush injuries, amputations and brain damage.
Liability of the trucking company
Besides the trucker, others may be liable for your injuries. A legal concept called respondeat superior makes the employer responsible for the actions of employees who cause injuries while performing job duties. Some supervisors may even encourage negligent conduct, such as making business calls while driving. The trucking company may have contributed to the wreck by:
- Overloading the truck
- Failing to secure the contents
- Allowing debris to spill from the bed
- Skipping needed maintenance on its fleet
- Hiring unqualified drivers
- Setting delivery goals that can be achieved only by speeding
Federal truck driving safety regulations
Several laws and regulations have taken effect in recent years to protect motorists from negligent trucker conduct. The rules govern:
- Hours and breaks — In an effort to reduce fatigued driving, the laws limit the number of consecutive hours truckers can drive and mandate rest breaks and days off.
- Cellphone use — Truckers are prohibited from dialing, speaking on, reaching for or otherwise using handheld devices while driving.
- Texting — Drivers are banned from typing or reading text messages while operating a commercial vehicle.
Get the compensation you deserve for your injuries in a truck accident
To learn more about recovering compensation from negligent commercial drivers and trucking companies, call Georgelis Law Firm at 717-394-3004 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation. Because wrecks do not always happen during regular business hours, we make ourselves available in the evenings and on weekends. We also make home, hospital and rehabilitation center visits if your injuries prevent you from coming to us. Free parking is available at our law office.