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All motorists are expected to exercise additional care when driving during inclement weather in Pennsylvania. This is especially true for the drivers of commercial trucks, many of whom are responsible for vehicles carrying several thousands of pounds of cargo. Some of the weather conditions that may be especially hazardous include:
When a truck driver is negligent or does not operate safely during bad weather, it can result in any number of serious crashes involving multiple vehicles. The occupants of passenger vehicles in these types of accidents may suffer devastating injuries such as paralysis, spinal cord injuries, or traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Many drivers and passengers can die in crashes involving commercial trucks.
While most of these kinds of accidents are attributed to some type of error by the driver, he or she is rarely the only party who is liable in Pennsylvania. Some drivers are pressured by their employers to stay on the roads and get to destinations even when the weather will clearly affect their abilities to safely operate the large vehicles. In other cases, failure by trucking companies to properly maintain their vehicles results in equipment failure that causes collisions.
Following many truck accidents in adverse conditions, trucking companies will claim that there was no way these crashes could have been avoided. They will immediately send lawyers and insurance representatives to meet with victims or their families and reinforce the idea that nobody could have prevented such an unfortunate accident, but they want to offer a settlement to show how sorry they are. The amounts being offered are usually much less than what these people are truly entitled to, and getting victims to sign such agreements usually prohibits them from taking legal action later on.
If you sustained serious injuries or your loved one was killed in a commercial truck crash during bad weather in Pennsylvania, you will want to contact Ciccarelli Law Offices as soon as possible. Our skilled West Chester truck accident attorneys work as a team to fully investigate these cases and fight for every bit of compensation you are owed. We represent clients on a contingency fee basis, which means that you will pay us nothing unless we get you a financial award.
Our firm can review your case during a free consultation when you call (610) 719-3190 today. We have office locations in West Chester, Lancaster, Kennett Square, Radnor, Plymouth Square, Malvern, Philadelphia, and King of Prussia.