Pennsylvania – November 30, 2020

Experienced Pennsylvania attorneys can assist when catastrophic injuries arise from tractor trailer accidents due to size differences between the truck and passenger vehicles. The severity of the harm caused to individuals is the reason damages are considered catastrophic in Pennsylvania truck accidents.  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 in many cases

Injury types.

Insurance companies recognize certain types of injuries in accident claims as catastrophic when they cause lasting damage to a person’s life, or are above a certain financial threshold. often limiting the ability: to work and secure wages, to assist with home and family, and to pay for measurable expenses related to medical treatment and renovations to living space to account for life changes. An accident attorney can explain monetary valuations, based on the degree of injury and the impact to a person’s life.  Catastrophic loss includes:

  1. Injuries to a spinal cord that leave individuals with limited mobility, partial, or full paralysis.
  2. Traumatic brain injuries are those that cause negative changes to a person’s mental processes, and can range from partial losses to full neurological impairment. Traumatic brain injuries often worsen with age, and are difficult to treat because the impacts to a person’s life are “case-specific.”
  3. Loss of limb injuries occur as a result of crushed, or partially detached limbs after serious crash impacts. Complicated reattachment procedures are expensive and are not always successful, but they are always costly.
  4. Internal organ damage to the lungs, heart, or intestines can have co-morbid disease processes that are residual after a truck crash.
  5. Severe burn injuries can be life-altering after a crash with a truck carrier that may be transporting caustic, or combustible liquids.
  6. Toxin exposure may cause chronic lifelong conditions as well.

Insurance matters. 

A 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.  An accident victim can only seek damages from the truck driver if they are less than 51 percent at fault. Full and Limited Tort are options that individuals can choose under their auto insurance policies in accordance with Pennsylvania motor vehicle financial responsibility laws. Limited Tort allows drivers to save on premiums by waiving the right to recover certain damages, such as payments for pain and suffering, unless injuries from the truck accident meet the exceptions outlined in Act 6 of Title 75, Section 1705 (d). Full Tort allows individuals the right to bring suit against a negligent party following a truck accident. Personal injury legal action needs to be initiated within the two year statute of limitations in Pennsylvania.

Seek legal counsel.

Contact an experienced accident attorney for a consultation, as they can research specific case facts and interpret accident reports, and utilize state, and federal law to support a case’s best outcome toward the compensation of damages.  Scanlon & Wojton will fight for an accident victim’s rights to a positive case outcome that will address catastrophic losses.

Scanlon & Wojton, Attorneys at Law

The Mitchell Building
304 Ross Street, Suite 510
Pittsburgh, Pa 15219


Phone:  (412) 918-1241

Fax: (412) 235-7275



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