Truck Accident Lawyers in Philadelphia
Handling Motor Vehicle Claims for 25+ Years
All motor vehicle accidents have the potential to cause devastating and sometimes fatal injuries, but the risk is even higher when a truck is involved. Due to their weight and size, trucks can involve more passenger cars in accidents and cause injuries that tend to be more serious – while an average passenger vehicle weighs around 4,000 pounds, a semi-truck can weigh more than 30,000 pounds. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, it’s crucial to act quickly and call our Philadelphia truck accident attorneys. At Ruch & Shipon, P.C. our lawyers have decades of experience fighting for our injured clients’ rights to compensation after an accident caused by negligence. We strive to be a voice for you during this difficult time and seek the justice you deserve. With our team by your side, you can focus on healing while we focus on recovering your damages.
Common Types of Truck Accidents & Injuries
While truck accidents can occur like any other car accident, there are some types of accidents unique to trucks that can produce considerable property damage and injuries.
Common types of truck accidents include:
- Rollovers: If a driver loses control of a truck after speeding or hydroplaning, it can slide and roll over onto its side or roof, which almost always takes nearby passenger cars along with it. Trucks can pin drivers down and cause major organ damage and deaths.
- Jackknifing: This type of accident occurs when a big rig folds in on itself, causing the cab to form a 90-degree angle with the trailer after a driver brakes quickly. This can create obstacles in the road and cause other cars to collide with the rig or with other cars when they swerve to avoid the rig.
- Underrides: This occurs when a truck stops quickly and smaller vehicles behind it become lodged under the truck’s trailer. This is one of the most deadly types of truck accidents.
- T-bones: T-bone accidents occur typically at intersections when a truck driver runs a red light and hits another vehicle in its side. Whoever happens to be on the side that is hit often suffers from catastrophic injuries that require extensive medical treatment.
Truck accidents can cause injuries ranging from minor to serious, including bruises and abrasions, sprains and fractures, whiplash, broken and crushed bones, burns, spinal cord and neck injuries, internal bleeding, and brain and head trauma. Many truck accident victims require long-term and sometimes lifelong care to treat their injuries.