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Trucking accidents impact our society

 

Too often, trucking accidents cause death or catastrophic injuries.  

 

Most people killed in truck accidents are occupants of passenger vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists. Of all the deaths in large truck crashes in 2018, only 16% of fatalities were truck occupants.

 

Some common causes of trucking accidents include:

 

  • The weight difference between trucks and other vehicles

  • The taller ground clearance of trucks

  • Truck braking capability

  • Truck driver fatigue

  • Drivers operating trucks under the influence of drugs or alcohol

  • Faulty equipment

  • Improper loading of cargo

  • Trucking companies failing to provide proper training to truck drivers

  • Trucking companies hiring drivers without proper qualifications and experience

  • Trucking companies putting profits ahead of safety

  • Design and manufacturing defects of the trucks

 

We hold trucking companies accountable

 

Trucking companies do not always follow the monitoring and regulations required by law. This negligence has catastrophic effects on road safety for all drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists.

Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo will hold accountable any party who caused the accident, including:

 

  • Trucking companies

  • Manufacturers of trucks and defective parts

  • Negligent commercial truck driver​s

 

Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo fights for a maximum settlement

 

Over more than five decades of combined experience in motor vehicle accident cases, we have won many significant awards and settlements for our clients, including:

 

  • $1.66 million settlement for the Estate of a woman who was killed as a result of a trucking accident.

  • $770,000 settlement for a 57-year-old man who suffered a traumatic brain injury, post-concussion syndrome and multiple facial fractures as a result of a trucking accident.

  • $450,000 settlement for a 54-year-old woman who suffered fractures to her right wrist and tears of the TFCC tendons of the left wrist requiring multiple surgeries as a result of a trucking accident.

 

Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo protects victims of trucking accidents

 

We guide our clients through the confusion that arises after an accident, addressing medical, insurance, and financial issues, and pursuing a legal case so each client obtains the compensation they deserve.

 

Victims of a trucking accident and their families may be entitled to compensation for:

 

  • Past and future medical bills

  • Lost wages

  • Loss of future earning capacity

  • Pain and suffering

  • Mental distress

  • Embarrassment and humiliation

  • Physical impairment

  • Physical disfigurement

 

Contact an attorney immediately

 

Trucking accidents can have a devastating impact on anyone who is injured as well as their families. After an accident, you need to act quickly to protect your rights. You should take the following steps:

 

  • Seek medical attention for all injuries, large or small.

  • Think before speaking.

  • Call police.

  • Take photos of the scene and any damage to all vehicles.

  • Write down the name of all companies whose logos are on the truck or trailer.

  • Take photos of your visible injuries.

  • Find someone who witnessed the accident.

  • Get contact information for any witnesses.

  • Write down details about the accident and what happened.

  • Contact an experienced attorney immediately.

  • Report the accident to your insurance company but do not provide any details or sign any documents before consulting an attorney.

 

Trucking accident cases need experienced attorneys

 

Over our more than 50 years of combined experience, we have recovered many thousands of awards and settlements for our motor vehicle accident clients, including numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for our clients who have been seriously injured or lost loved ones in a car, motorcycle or trucking accident.

 

Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo represents our clients from the beginning, fighting all the way through a jury trial if necessary.

 

Some resources we use when preparing for trial are:

 

  • The use of an expert to perform crash reconstruction

  • Preservation of the Black Box data

  • Work in conjunction with local law enforcement officers and investigators

  • The use of forensic data to prove that a violation occurred

  • The use of safety data for the trucking company

 

Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo cares

 

Our firm dedicates itself to representing those involved in trucking accidents because families’ worlds are often changed forever by these events. We help put a family's life back together as best we can.

 

The commercial trucking industry often has large legal teams on their side; we are proud to provide the same level of service to individuals and their families.

 

Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo offers free consultations to individuals who have been injured in a trucking accident.

 

Contact us today to discuss any injuries that were caused by a trucking accident. Let us give you the help you deserve.

Some Frequently Asked Questions about Truck Accidents

When should I hire a truck accident attorney?

You should consult with an attorney as soon as possible after being injured in a trucking accident. You will be dealing with your injuries, medical treatment, possible lost work time, and other disruptions in your life.  On top of that, the insurance process can be confusing and exhausting. The earlier that you consult with or retain an attorney, the earlier that you will understand your rights, feel comfortable with your options, and know where you stand. Consultations with Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo for trucking accidents are always free with no obligation.

 

What is a typical settlement range for truck accident cases?

Every accident and every person and their injuries are different, and there is no typical range of recovery in a truck accident case. A settlement range depends on many factors, including how the accident happened, the injuries you suffered, the treatment you need, the effect on your ability to perform daily activities and your job, income loss, the permanence of injury, and problems you will face in the future. We make sure that we obtain the best evidence of our clients’ injuries and damages so that they receive the highest offers possible from the insurance companies.  

 

How much do you get for pain and suffering in a truck accident?

There is no typical amount for pain and suffering recovery in a truck accident case, since it will depend upon the specifics such as the injuries, treatment, severity and length of symptoms, and amount of disruption in the victim’s life.  Our job is to make sure that the evidence showing our clients’ pain and suffering, both past and future, is fully developed and submitted in the case, so that they receive the highest possible recovery for pain and suffering.

 

What if I’ve been hurt in a truck accident?

After you are hurt in a truck accident, you should seek medical treatment promptly and follow the health care providers’ recommendations for continuing treatment and diagnosis.  You should also consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to learn about your rights, coverages and options. Consultations with Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo for car accidents are always free with no obligation.

 

What should I do if someone from the trucking company calls me before I’ve picked a truck accident lawyer?

We never advise that you speak with the trucking company or their insurance company after a trucking accident.  Anything you tell them may be used as a defense if you pursue a claim.  In this situation, we do recommend that you consult with an experienced personal injury attorney.  You want someone in your corner when you are dealing with the trucking company or insurance carrier.  Consultations with Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo for trucking accidents are always free with no obligation.

 

Who can be sued in a truck accident case?

The driver of the truck and his employer can be sued in a truck accident case. There may be others who can be sued along with them, such as the owner of the truck, owner of the freight,  or a truck maintenance company. Truck accident cases are complicated and often require extensive investigation and litigation. Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo has decades of experience in handling the most complicated truck accident cases, and initial consultation is free.

 

How much does it cost for a truck crash attorney?

At Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo, we work on a contingent fee basis, which means our fees are a percentage of what we recover for our clients.  If we do not make a recovery we do not get a fee.  Contact us to find out more about our contingent fees in truck accident cases.

 

What kind of evidence will I need in a truck accident case?

Truck accident cases are complicated and often require extensive investigation and litigation.  Evidence includes witness statements, police accident investigation and reconstruction, scene photographs, damage to the vehicles, debris and markings at the scene.  It also includes information about the driver, including driving history, prior violations, training and oversight, and daily driving hours/breaks/sleep.  Our law firm has extensive experience in getting the evidence necessary to prove our truck accident cases.

 

How is fault determined in a truck accident case?

The accident investigation and reconstruction involved in truck accident cases is usually complex and specialized. The police generally perform the initial investigation and sometimes a reconstruction of the accident and how it happened.  Often, the parties will then do their own investigation and get their own accident reconstructionists and other experts to evaluate all the information and data to show who is at fault.  At Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo, we will get the evidence to show who is responsible for the accident by viewing the scene, talking to witnesses, getting photographs and investigations, and often hiring experts such as accident reconstructionists.  We make sure we leave no stone unturned in proving fault of the other driver.

 

Who is liable in a truck accident -- the driver or the trucking company?

Usually, the driver and trucking company are both liable in a truck accident.  If the driver is an employee of the trucking company then the company is responsible for his negligence.  Also, the trucking company often has been negligent in allowing the driver to drive the truck or by failing to keep the truck in good working order. 

 

Is there a deadline for filing a truck accident lawsuit?

Personal injury actions in Pennsylvania have a statute of limitation (or time limit) of two years for filing the lawsuit, and this includes truck accident cases.  That timer starts on the day of the accident. If suit is not filed within that time, or is not properly filed or served, the injured party will lose all rights of recovery. 

 

The trucking company’s insurance adjuster wants a statement from me. Should I give them one?

We never recommend that you give a statement or speak to a trucking company or their insurance adjustor.  Anything you say could be used against you by the insurance company or the trucking company in the future.  You need someone experienced in trucking accident cases on your side fighting for you and dealing with the trucking company and their insurance company. We have decades of experience in trucking accident cases, and consultations with Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo attorneys are always free with no obligation.

 

Do special laws apply to truck drivers? 

Yes. Most truck drivers are required to have special training and hold a special license called a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License). Federal law also provides special regulations, including hours of service, breaks and sleep which must be logged. 

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