Pittsburgh Truck Accident Lawyers Fighting for Crash Victims
Put our decades of experience with complex truck accidents to work for you
Truck accidents are among the most devastating and complicated types of traffic crashes because:
- The sheer size of the trucks magnifies impact and injury severity.
- The trucking company that employs the driver or owns the vehicle may be from out of state.
- You’ll likely be dealing with more than one liable party and multiple insurance companies.
- Liable parties often blame each other – and the victim – for the crash to get out of paying for medical treatment and other damages.
If you were injured in a Western Pennsylvania truck accident and are dealing with the pain and expense of the crash, the great amount of work it takes to investigate, collect evidence, and fight for your right to compensation may feel overwhelming.
You don’t have to face trucking companies, insurance companies, and their attorneys alone. We can help. Contact the Pittsburgh truck accident lawyers at Hal Waldman & Associates for a free case evaluation. At no cost, we can answer your questions, explain your legal options, and help you decide what to do next.
Types of truck accidents we handle
Since the 1980s, our law firm has been helping injured people and their families get the justice and compensation they deserve. We don’t give up. We don’t give in. We care. And we get results. Our case results include $1.2 million for a sanitation truck accident in Beaver County and a $250,000 recovery for a truck accident claim in Blair County.
Some of the most common types of truck accidents our law firm handles include:
- Rear-end truck accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Jackknife truck accidents
- Blind-spot and wide-turn crashes
- Underride accidents
Why do truck accidents happen?
Most commercial motor vehicle (CMV) accidents are due to driver error or sometimes mechanical issues. Common truck accident factors include:
- Distracted driving or texting and driving. Driving while distracted, which includes cell phone use, texting, eating, drinking, or fiddling with a car’s controls, increases the risk of a crash.
- Tire blowout accidents. Truck tires are designed to withstand heavy duty, but time and friction take their toll. When trucking companies try to get every last inch of rubber out of the tires, the results can be disastrous for other drivers who share the road.
- Improper loading and cargo shift. When a loader fails to distribute the weight evenly, it can cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle. An overturned or jackknifed tractor-trailer is often a telltale sign of cargo shift.
- Overloaded freight. An oversized load can cause tire blowout and brake failure or significantly increase a truck’s stopping distance.
- Lack of maintenance. Owner/operators of commercial vehicles must keep to a strict maintenance schedule to keep both their drivers and others safe.
- Defective truck parts. Some trucks may be inherently faulty or have a malfunction that leads to injury. In this case, it’s often the truck manufacturer that shoulders the blame.
- Lack of driver training and negligent hiring. Trucking companies have a legal responsibility to thoroughly vet drivers before hiring them. Improperly trained drivers and truckers operating without valid Commercial Driver's Licenses (CDL) are at a greater risk of causing an accident.
- Driver fatigue. Fatigued drivers operating 40-ton tractor-trailers are a menace to themselves and everyone else on the road: drifting over the center line, sideswiping cars in the next lane, blowing through intersections, and rear-ending other vehicles at high speed.
What are the most common injuries in truck accidents?
An accident involving a commercial vehicle can be devastating. The sheer size of a commercial truck often leads to debilitating and even permanently disabling injuries. These severe injuries may cause a lifetime of discomfort. Common injuries in truck accidents include:
- Multiple bone fractures
- Crushing injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries, including concussions and brain hemorrhages
- Internal injuries and internal bleeding
- Scarring and disfigurement
Unfortunately, some truck accidents result in fatal injuries. If you have lost a loved one in an accident involving a semi or tractor-trailer, we can offer compassionate guidance and file a wrongful death claim on their behalf.
Who is liable for a truck accident?
Multiple parties are often liable for injuries and other damages in a Pennsylvania truck accident. Depending on circumstances, parties that may be held responsible in a crash with a semi-truck, construction vehicle, delivery van, or another type of CMV may include:
- The driver of the truck
- The company the driver is employed by
- Mechanics and maintenance providers
- Parts manufacturers
- Government entities
Each of these parties will have lawyers and insurance adjusters working around the clock to minimize their liability and reduce your compensation. The only way to make sure you are not taken advantage of is to have a legal team on your side that is dedicated to securing the total compensation you are entitled to.
We fight for the justice and compensation truck accident victims deserve
If you have been involved in a Western Pennsylvania truck accident, securing legal representation as soon as possible is essential. The Pittsburgh truck accident lawyers at Hal Waldman & Associates have handled many types of truck accident scenarios.
We have a deep knowledge of special federal and state regulations that apply to truck accidents. Our Pittsburgh truck accident attorneys conduct thorough crash investigations that dig up important evidence that may have gone unnoticed. We provide compassionate service and take bold, aggressive action to hold truck drivers and trucking companies accountable.
Don't delay — reach out to us today to protect your rights. Contact Hal Waldman & Associates for a free truck accident case evaluation.