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Commercial Truck Accidents

Any motor vehicle accident has the potential to result in serious injuries or fatalities. The odds significantly increase if one of the vehicles involved is an 18-wheeler commercial truck.

Whereas the average automobile weighs roughly 5,000 pounds, a semi-truck without any oversize or overweight permits can weigh approximately 80,000 pounds. Because of the size differences, tractor trailers require much more time in order to come to a complete stop and any collision involving vehicles of this size cause enormous amounts of damage.

West Chester Truck Accident Lawyer

If you sustained serious injuries or your loved one was killed in an accident involving a semi-truck, you will want to make sure that you speak to Ciccarelli Law Offices. Our experienced 18-wheeler accident attorneys work as a team and handle these types of cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that we do not charge our clients anything unless we obtain monetary awards for them.

You should know there could be multiple parties that may be considered negligent in these cases, and our firm will fight to hold all of them accountable so you can get the compensation you are entitled to for your injuries. Ciccarelli Law Offices will put your needs first, and we are willing to take your case to trial if that is what is necessary to get you a sufficient result.

Our firm helps truck accident victims from all over Chester County and Southeastern Pennsylvania, including West Chester, Radnor, Plymouth Square, Malvern, Philadelphia, King of Prussia, Lancaster, and Kennett Square. We will provide a complete evaluation of your case during a free consultation when you call (610) 719-3190 right now.

Pennsylvania Commercial Truck Accidents Overview

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Types of Commercial Truck Accidents in Chester County

There are multiple types of tractor trailer crashes, and any one of them may be fatal. Certain types of accidents require different elements to be investigated. Some of the most common kinds of commercial truck crashes include:

  • Jackknife Accidents — These are crashes in which the trailer of a semi swings out and folds toward the cab, similar to a closing jackknife.
  • Underride Accidents — These are collisions where passenger cars go under the trailers of commercial trucks, usually crushing or completely tearing the roofs off of the motor vehicles.
  • Override Accidents — In these cases, semi-trucks essentially run over smaller vehicles in their paths.
  • Rear-End Accidents — Similar to many passenger vehicle collisions of this type, a larger commercial truck strikes a motor vehicle from behind. However, the size and speed of the truck may push the automobile into cars in front of them.
  • Rollover Accidents — These are crashes caused by external forces or destabilization possibly resulting from speeding or loss of control in which a semi-truck flips over onto its side or roof.
  • Head-On Collisions — Among the most deadly types of accidents, a commercial truck collides head-on with another vehicle when its front end strikes the front of the automobile.
  • T-Bone Collisions — Also called side-impact crashes, these accidents involve trucks striking the sides of automobiles or having their sides struck by passenger vehicles.
  • Lost Loads — Improperly secured loads on tractor trailers may come loose while trucks are on the road.

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Causes of Pennsylvania Commercial Truck Accidents

Some truck crashes may be the result of human error while others can be caused by some type of mechanical issue. It can also be possible for an accident to involve both. A few of the common causes of commercial vehicle accidents include, but are not limited to:

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Liable Parties in Chester County Commercial Truck Accidents

Insurance companies for tractor trailers often pressure victims to sign away their rights and accept settlements that are far less than what people are truly entitled to. One reason that commercial truck crashes are dramatically different from traditional passenger vehicle accidents is there are multiple parties that may be held liable in these kinds of wrecks. A few of the different parties that may be liable include, but are not limited to:

  • Truck Owners
  • Freight Owners
  • Truck Drivers
  • Truck Driver’s Employer
  • Truck Part Manufacturers
  • Maintenance Companies
  • Drivers and/or Owners of Other Vehicles

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Pennsylvania Resources for Commercial Truck Accidents

West Goshen Township Commercial Motor Vehicles — This website of the West Goshen Township Traffic Safety Division contains links to Intrastate Motor Carrier Safety Requirements and Interstate Road Tax Information as well as maps of Pennsylvania Urbanized Area (Philadelphia) and West Goshen with route numbers.

1025 Paoli Pike
West Chester, PA 19380
(610) 696-5266

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Commercial Driver's Information Center — You can find a Self Certification/Medical Examiner's Certification Fact Sheet, submit your 10-year driver license information, and learn how to obtain a Commercial Driver's License. There is also information about license restrictions, forms, publications, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) — This United States Department of Transportation agency is in charge of regulating the trucking industry, and its website has information about and for drivers, carriers, and consumers. There are also links to news and information about regulations and registration.

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Ciccarelli Law Offices - An 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyer in West Chester

Ciccarelli Law Offices fights to hold negligent trucking companies and drivers accountable for accidents caused in Chester County, Delaware County, Philadelphia County, Montgomery County, and Lancaster County. Our firm will provide a free legal consultation to review your case and discuss your legal options when you call (610) 719-3190 today.