Pennsylvania Fatal Truck Accident Attorneys
Providing Compassionate & Effective Advocacy for Your Family
Tractor-trailer, semi-truck, and delivery truck accidents tend to result in horrific consequences. Victims are often left with severe injuries that greatly affect the quality of their lives for years to come. Tragically, in many cases, truck accidents are fatal.
At Fellerman & Ciarimboli Law PC, we are committed to seeking justice on behalf of those whose loved ones were wrongfully killed in fatal truck accidents. For decades, our award-winning trial attorneys have been helping families in Philadelphia, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, and throughout the state pick up the pieces after devastating accidents. With more than $25 million won in truck accident verdicts and settlements, and more than $110 million recovered in total for our clients, our Pennsylvania fatal truck accident attorneys have what it takes to fight for your rights and seek the justice your family deserves.
By the Numbers: Fatal Truck Accidents in Pennsylvania
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), heavy trucks were responsible for 12.3% of all fatal crashes in the state of Pennsylvania in 2019. While the overall number of fatal truck crashes has dropped in the past five years, 2019 saw more fatal truck accidents (122) than the previous year (118). Additionally, the overall number of crashes involving heavy trucks has steadily increased over the past five years, peaking in 2018 with 7,336 collisions.
Most of these accidents occurred on interstate and state highways—26.8% and 55.9%, respectively. And, according to PennDOT’s 2019 statistics, vehicle failures involving truck tires/wheels, brakes, power trains, and insecure or overloaded cargo were once again leading factors in truck accidents in the state.
Who Can Be Held Responsible for Fatal Truck Accidents?
Truck accidents are different than normal motor vehicle accidents because there may be multiple parties liable for your loved one’s death.
While liable parties range widely, the three most commonly responsible people/parties include:
- The Truck Driver: Was the truck driver at fault for the accident? Did his or her actions cause the crash? Could the accident have been avoided if the driver had reacted differently?
- The Trucking Company: Was the truck properly maintained? Did the driver have the proper training? Did the company cut corners and got defective parts for the vehicle?
- The Truck Manufacturer: Was there a defect in the truck or a truck part that should have been caught and addressed by the manufacturer?
Other parties that could be held responsible include the company that maintains the truck, the leaseholder on the vehicle, the company that loaded the tractor-trailer, and any other drivers who may have been involved in the accident.
Remember, trucking companies will often do anything they can to try to blame you for the accident and, therefore, avoiding having to pay out your claim. But with our Pennsylvania fatal truck accident attorneys by your side, you will have a team that can stand up to these wrongful tactics and advocate for your recovery.
Proving Wrongful Death in Truck Accident Cases
After any type of an accident, the steps you take (or don’t take) in the days and weeks after the accident are critical, especially if you wish to file a wrongful death claim.
In order to bring a wrongful death claim in the Pennsylvania, you need to demonstrate the following:
- The truck driver, trucking company, or another party was negligent or acted wrongfully
- As a result of this negligence/wrongful conduct, your loved one was killed
- Due to the death of your loved one you, you and/or your family have suffered measurable damages, including economic and/or non-economic losses
This can be difficult to prove, which is why it's important to reach out to an experienced truck accident attorney. An attorney can assist you in collecting evidence, speaking with the insurance company, and fighting on your behalf in the courtroom.
Contact Fellerman & Ciarimboli Law PC Today
Once you hire Fellerman & Ciarimboli Law PC, our investigators will get to work on your behalf. To make sure the responsible parties are held accountable, our truck accident attorneys will need to conduct a thorough investigation of the accident scene. They will make sure photographs are taken of the scene, evidence is collected, witnesses are contacted, and the copy of the police report is secured. We will speak with the insurance company and take on the trucking company to help make sure you're properly compensated for your loss.
At Fellerman & Ciarimboli Law PC, we understand just how difficult this time can be. But the longer you wait, the harder it will be to get the compensation you deserve. Now is the time to act. If you lost a loved one in a fatal truck accident in Philadelphia, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, or anywhere in Pennsylvania, it's time to pick up the phone and contact the fatal truck accident lawyers at our firm for a free consultation. We fight for the injured, and we can fight for you.