Authorities said a minivan collided head-on with the semi-truck on Aramingo Avenue near Delaware Avenue around 5:30 a.m. Saturday. The driver of the tractor-trailer told police he saw the minivan swerving northbound on Delaware Avenue. The tractor-trailer driver said he moved his truck to the far right, but the minivan crossed into the southbound lanes and crashed into him. The driver of the van was trapped inside the wreckage for nearly 30 minutes before being rushed to Temple University Hospital.  A short time later, the van driver was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Truck size.

 A tractor-trailer is approximately 65 feet in length and can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded, causing any type of crash between it and another moving vehicle, stationary object, or person to suffer catastrophic injury, or death. Commercial trucking companies are deadline-imposed businesses, and occasionally driver errors caused by fatigue, safety violations, or overloaded cargo may increase the chance of a truck accident.  Contact an attorney regarding personal injury, property damage, or loss of life from a truck accident to determine if negligence played a part and if legal action is required.  When an individual fails to exercise the degree of care expected of someone in a similar situation, and it results in an injury of some sort, it is called “negligence.”

Regulations and insurance.

Pennsylvania commercial trucking laws are in place to protect the public and reduce motor vehicle accidents. There are state and federal regulations that require tractor-trailer trucks to be inspected and maintained on a regular basis.  The state of Pennsylvania requires a tractor trailer truck to carry a much higher minimum liability insurance policy than a passenger vehicle.

An truck accident attorney can explain Pennsylvania’s  “modified comparative negligence” rule, where an individual can still recover damages in a personal injury lawsuit, but the amount of compensation will be reduced by an amount that is equal to their percentage of fault, but a plaintiff can only seek damages from the defendant if they are less than 51 percent at fault.

Wrongful death.

In Pennsylvania, family members, or legal representatives must file a wrongful death legal action to secure compensation when a loved one dies because of the negligent, reckless, or deliberate act of another.  A Pennsylvania personal injury attorney can assist with damages in these lawsuits that may include:

  • Medical bills and treatment,
  • Funeral and burial expenses,
  • Lost wages compensation,
  • Compensation for pain and suffering,
  • Punitive damages base on individual case.

Seek legal counsel.

Call an accident attorney in the Philadelphia area to determine “fault” and actions toward a legal proceeding to address any damages and injuries sustained.  If you have lost a loved one in an accident with a truck, an experienced truck accident lawyer will fight for your rights.

PhillyLaw, LLC

2021 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Phone: (215) 515-2050

 

Sources:

https://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/LI/CT/HTM/42/00.071.002.000..HTM

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/data-and-statistics/large-truck-and-bus-crash-facts

https://www.nhtsa.gov/

 

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