Trucking companies are required to carry large insurance policies to pay for the losses of people they injure in crashes. However, they will not pay large damage claims without a fight. To recover compensation, you will need to prove liability on the part of the trucking company or the driver.
At the law firm of McCarthy Weisberg Cummings in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, our attorneys have extensive experience handling truck accident cases. For 15 years, attorney Larry A. Weisberg worked for insurance companies and defended trucking companies in personal injury cases. Understanding how the other side defends truck accident cases helps Mr. Weisberg protect the interests of truck accident victims.
Who Is Liable for a Truck Accident?
Pennsylvania operates by the rule of comparative negligence in determining whether you have a right to sue the truck driver for damages such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. As long as the truck driver is more than 50 percent at fault, you can file a lawsuit to recover compensation. However, your recovery will be reduced by any percent of fault that is assigned to you.
The trucking company and its insurance company will attempt to blame you for the accident or at least say you were partially responsible. Our job as your attorneys is to hold the truck driver and his or her employer accountable to the fullest extent of the law.
Even if the accident was primarily your fault, the truck driver may be liable if he or she was speeding, used drugs to stay awake or exceeded hours-of-service laws. The trucking company may be liable if it hired an unqualified driver, failed to maintain the truck or if the vehicle was overloaded.
Our lawyers will conduct a careful investigation to help you make the maximum recovery for your losses from the truck insurance company.
Contact Our Pennsylvania Truck Accident Claim Attorneys
For a free initial consultation with one of our Harrisburg attorneys for trucking company liability claims, call 717-238-5707 or contact us online. We represent clients in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding cities, including Carlisle.