Any vehicle-related accident can happen in a split second. Here are a few statistics that are hard to believe: More than 38,000 vehicle-related deaths occur every year in the U.S.—that’s about 104 deaths a day. Annually, about 2.35 million vehicle-accident victims are injured or become disabled. A total of about 5.25 million vehicle accidents happen every year in our country – this, according to the Association for Safe International Road Travel.
Whether a collision involves a car, truck, bus, van, or cycle, accidents causing serious injuries and deaths are a tragic reality. If there is one type of vehicle, however, that has the potential to generate the most horrific damage, it would be tractor trailers due to their sheer size and weight. Statistics show that almost 98% of all tractor-trailer/big rig/18-wheeler accidents result in at least one fatality.
When fully loaded, the largest of these monstrous machines can reach a gross weight of 170,000 pounds. Unloaded, tractor trailers can weigh in at 80,000 pounds. Compare that to a typical car which, on average, weighs only 5,000 pounds. Stopping time for an 18-wheeler is also worth noting. Generally speaking, it takes a tractor trailer 40% more time, than a car, to come to a complete stop.
Despite knowing the laws and potential for fines, some tractor-trailer drivers and truck companies violate the law. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration collected $36.2 million in fines for commercial truck violations in one year alone, back in 2014. When a truck driver and/or the truck company choose to violate established trucking-industry regulations, those violations come into play after a collision and in support of your personal-injury case.
Any number of contributing factors can come into play when it comes to the cause of a tractor-trailer accident. Improper training, inadequate vehicle maintenance, failure to perform required inspections, and poor loading practices can all be considered negligent acts.
At Georgelis Injury Law Firm, we deal with tractor-trailer accidents far too often – lives are lost, and some accident victims never fully recover, physically, or psychologically. The ramifications of a driver’s error in judgment, or in negligent acts, can lead to consequences that last a lifetime. If you or a loved one have suffered in one or more ways, due to a tractor-trailer accident, our highly experienced and successful team of accident and injury attorneys wants to know!
Part of our law firm’s responsibility is to establish the monetary value of any injuries, which could include dismemberment, brain injuries, spinal injuries, paralysis, burns, pain & suffering, and more. We work tirelessly to ensure our Lancaster, PA clients are awarded the most substantial financial compensations allowed by law. Additionally, we strive to bring closure to our clients by bringing justice to the forefront.
Georgelis Injury Law Firm has litigated very complex personal injury cases, including a number of bodily injury claims stemming from tractor trailer or other large commercial vehicles—like buses, trash trucks, etc. The best truck and commercial vehicle accident lawyers in Lancaster, PA must know and understand not just the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code, but also the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, extremely well. If there is one thing our Lancaster, PA clients can count on, it is this: when we take on our clients’ cases, we expect to win them! In fact, Georgelis Injury Law has succeeded in over 99% of their personal injury and workers’ compensation cases and recovered over $70 million for the wonderful people of Lancaster and Central Pennsylvania. Feel free to call our team, right now, at 1-800-HURT-NOW to take advantage of a free case evaluation and discussion – you have nothing to lose!
Georgelis Injury Law Firm is industry-recognized and award-winning. Attorneys Anthony Georgelis, TJ Sabatino and Chris Larsen are all members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and Attorneys Georgelis and Larsen are members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, as well. We will leave no legal stone unturned as we battle insurance companies’ efforts to keep your money in their pockets! If you want full compensation, don’t fight insurance companies alone. Their goal is to protect their assets and to diminish monetary pay-outs to those injured in commercial vehicle accidents – we will not allow that to happen to you!
Many accident victims will entrust insurance companies to ‘right the wrongs’ regarding their accident claims. Many accident victims also believe insurance companies are readily available to provide maximized financial compensation to make up for damages and losses. Unfortunately, due to misplaced faith, tractor-trailer accident victims find out far too late that the insurance companies were never on their side.
For example, the insurance company or the trucking company may request a recorded conversation regarding your tractor-trailer incident – don’t do it! They may try to prompt you to say something that could compromise your claim and jeopardize your award amount.
Massive commercial trucking corporations have highly-polished experts on hand who will do everything they can to disprove your claim and minimize your payment. They may try to dissuade you from hiring an attorney. The bottom line is simple: insurance companies and trucking companies want to keep as much of their profits as possible. They know how substantial payouts can be for these types of accidents. Through well-planned tactics, they will attempt to keep your money in their pockets. When victims of trash truck, bus and other commercial vehicle accidents forgo strong legal representation, insurance companies and trucking companies often succeed.
Our tractor-trailer accident attorney team meticulously prepares for every case and leaves no legal stone unturned. We do not accept settlement offers unless they fully compensate our clients and their families for injuries and losses. Under our watchful eye, you can rest assured you will not become victimized by tactics that might be utilized by insurance companies or entities within the trucking industry.
Georgelis Injury Law Firm’s skill and experience in unsurpassed in Lancaster, PA. Attorney Tony Georgelis has been recognized as a top trial attorney by some of America’s most prominent legal societies, including 1) National Trial Lawyers 2) Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum 3) Distinguished Judicial Advocates 4) Super Lawyers and 5) the National Association of Distinguished Counsel Top 1%.
Residents of Lancaster, PA can count on the experience of the attorneys of Georgelis Injury Law Firm for guidance, support, advocacy, and peace of mind. At Georgelis Injury Law Firm, we are very proud of the remarkable recoveries we have facilitated for our clients. Here are just a few examples of how we have helped Lancaster and Central, PA accident victims: a $2,350,000 recovery for a motorcycle accident case; $1,450,000 for a commercial vehicle claim settlement; a $1,400,000 award in an auto accident case; a $1,600,000 recovery involving a drowning on commercial property; $1,350,000 in awards for passengers injured in a commercial bus accident case; and a $1.25 million recovery for a motorcycle accident claim. The team at Georgelis Injury Law has delivered real results and real justice for our clients. Put our knowledge, experience, success and resources to work for you!
Our law firm’s victories are embedded in more than 100 jury trials and thousands of hearings and other judicial proceedings. Our legal team has earned more than $70,000,000 in recoveries for Lancaster County’s injured workers and accident victims.
Georgelis Law has been voted the #1 law firm in Lancaster County, PA as part of Lancaster County Magazine‘s Best-of-Lancaster Survey for 9 years running! Our trial lawyers deliver success, with over 99% of cases won! We promise to put your mind at ease during this challenging time as we fight for every dollar of financial compensation you rightfully deserve!
Additionally, our law firm’s attorneys, paralegals, and other professionals are passionate about serving the needs of Lancaster County, PA patrons with the utmost empathy, dedication, and professionalism. This is reflected by more than 170 Google reviews, all 5-star, given by previous and current clients.
Attorney Anthony Georgelis, the founder and managing attorney of Georgelis Injury Law Firm, has received numerous legal accolades for his hard work and dedication to fighting for the rights of commercial vehicle accident victims, including: the National Trial Lawyers, Top 100; National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Top 1%; Super Lawyers; Martindale-Hubble AV Preeminent Rating; and Distinguished Justice Advocates, Top 1% of Attorneys.
Our success stories include tractor-trailer cases of all types:
A tractor-trailer investigation is a different ‘breed of animal’ than other types of vehicles. It is critical to have a tractor-trailer accident attorney facilitate an exhaustive investigation, as soon as possible, in order to prove liability and secure maximum compensation. Contacting our legal team immediately following your accident means we can gather critical evidence before it ‘disappears’ or becomes, otherwise, unavailable. If fault cannot be proven, an accident victim will not be entitled to damages.
When an accident involving a tractor-trailer takes place, you can bet the insurance company will be working quickly to figure out how it will limit what it will pay. Insurance companies aggressively fight tractor-trailer claims. Whether your car, SUV, or pick-up truck or motorcycle was hit by a semi, our accident lawyers will utilize their extensive knowledge of the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to effectively present your case.
Our tractor-trailer attorney team will include any possible ‘black box’ evidence from the big rig that could generate a potential defense. This is why contacting our team, quickly, is so important. We would want to get our expert accident reconstruction team involved as soon as possible and recover all viable evidence—including the black box—immediately. Georgelis Injury Law also knows the importance of getting to key witnesses of the accident and obtaining statements from them, as memories fade and can be influenced over time.
Perhaps you were on a bicycle or motorcycle when a tractor-trailer hit you. If so, you need to call our law firm, right away, since your injuries may permanently compromise your ability to return to work or enjoy your usual lifestyle.
Speeding, faulty road conditions, distracted driving, driving under the influence, or a semi veering into a designated bicycle lane are a few causative factors involved with tractor trailers colliding with bikes and motorcycles. The real issue is making sure you receive all of the monetary compensation you are due in a timely manner. We will fight for you – give us a call!
Being a pedestrian is inherently dangerous when moving vehicles are in close proximity to crosswalks, streets, and sidewalks.
If you were injured as a pedestrian by a tractor trailer we will bring in our accident reconstruction experts right away to conduct an analysis of the accident scene and work to establish liability on the part of the at-fault driver. Any carelessness, negligence or recklessness on the part of the driver must be thoroughly investigated. A tractor-trailer driver and the trucking company may be liable for your injuries. There are times when other third parties can be liable for an accident, as well. It is important to investigate whether the driver was an employee of the truck company or an independent contractor.
Be aware, however, that the Pennsylvania statute of limitations dictates the amount of time you can legally file a claim to receive compensation for loss of income, medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of previous lifestyle, and more. Give our tractor-trailer accident attorney team a call to discuss your situation as quickly as possible.
Distracting driving has taken on a disturbing dimension since mobile phone usage has become common with drivers behind the wheel. If a tractor-trailer driver was on a cell phone just before your accident occurred, we can uncover the proof from phone data that could strengthen liability and bolster the value of your case.
Again, any ‘black box’ data could reveal a treasure trove of information that could prove negligence on the part of the semi-truck driver or the company that owns the truck. At Georgelis Injury Law Firm, we know the laws and regulations that govern the trucking industry. As a result, we will utilize those laws and regulations to help uncover who is to be held accountable.
The sooner you call Georgelis Injury Law Firm, the sooner we will be able to build a convincing case against the at-fault driver or trucking company. Our tractor-trailer accident attorney team will handle all communications with the trucking company’s insurance representatives and lawyers. Our goal is to take as much off your plate as we can.
This means, while we are working hard to protect your rights and maximize your financial recovery, you can focus on healing. Take your cares and concerns and place them on our shoulders – we want you to give you the peace-of-mind you need and deserve!
Lost time can result in lost compensation regarding your tractor-trailer accident – contact our team, immediately. Lancaster, PA residents can connect with our law firm in a variety of ways:
Drop by our office and speak with us, in person. Our building location is right off Route 741 in Lancaster, PA. Our address is 2168 Embassy Drive.
Our attorneys are available evenings and weekends to visit with you at your home, office, hospital, or rehab center. Additionally, we are committed to optimized safety during the COVID-19 crisis. Click Coronavirus and Your Personal Injury or Workers’ Compensation Case to learn more.
At Georgelis Injury Law Firm, our top priority is ensuring our Lancaster, PA clients and our team members remain protected while cases are handled with the utmost, care, and efficiency. Extra precautionary measures have been implemented to ensure the safety of our clients and our staff. Through video conferencing and other options, we remain diligent with utilizing safety measures for everyone involved.
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