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Representing Those Injured In Truck Accidents in Lancaster & York, PA

Accidents involving commercial trucks are particularly dangerous and devastating. The height, size, and weight of commercial trucks can make them tricky to drive and prone to danger. Large commercial trucks, such as tractor-trailers, semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, and dump trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. These massive vehicles can easily destroy a passenger car, resulting in serious injury, property damage, or wrongful death. According to the National Traffic Safety Administration, in 2021 alone, an estimated 154,993 people were injured and 5,788 people were killed as a result of accidents involving large trucks. What’s even more staggering is that 72 percent of those individuals were inhabitants of the passenger vehicle, not the truck. The aftermath of a truck accident is emotional and stressful. Without proper compensation, medical bills and lost wages can compound that stress. Truck accident claims are more complex than regular car accidents and navigating them alone is a serious challenge. To ensure you’re getting the compensation you deserve, you need to speak to an attorney that has the experience and knowledge needed to successfully settle a truck accident case. The team of truck accident lawyers at Hagelgans & Veronis can help. We’ve been handling truck accident claims for our clients for years. We understand the law and your rights and, more importantly, we’ll fight for them.

Injuries From Truck Accidents

A truck accident can cause more catastrophic injuries than regular car accidents. This is primarily caused by the weight difference between trucks and passenger vehicles. No matter how well rated your car or SUV is for safety, they simply aren’t built to withstand a collision with a 40-ton truck. Injuries can range from scratches to permanent paralysis, all depending on how your vehicle was struck and how fast both vehicles were traveling at the time of the accident. The most common physical injuries can include: Victims of traumatic accidents may also experience emotional or mental injuries for weeks or months after an accident. Many can encounter symptoms such as:
  • Depression
  • Fear of Driving
  • PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Guilt

Truck Accident Causes

Surprisingly, accidents involving large trucks often occur for many of the same reasons car accidents do. The leading cause of 18-wheeler accidents is negligence. It can be something as simple as the truck driver falling asleep at the wheel because he was too tired or as complex as a faulty manufacturer part. There are a number of federal rules and regulations trucking companies are required to follow, but that doesn’t mean they always do. Some of the most common causes of truck accidents are:
  • Oversized trucks
  • Overloaded trucks
  • Failure to yield
  • Speeding
  • Reckless driving
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Poor road conditions
  • Aggressive driving
  • Improperly maintained safety precautions
  • Improperly maintained braking systems
  • Poor visibility
  • Lack of driver training
  • Lack of driver experience
  • Broken or improperly maintained parts

Making Your Truck Accident Case

If you are to receive adequate damages for your pain and suffering, you must be able to prove that the truck driver, his company, or the manufacturer acted negligently. As the operator of a large and potentially dangerous vehicle, the truck driver has a duty to drive responsibly and safely. If you can demonstrate that he failed to uphold his duty and that your injuries were a direct result of this failure, you stand a much better chance of reaching a successful settlement. Dealing with a truck driver, his company, the manufacturer, or their respective insurance companies can be long and drawn out. It’s not the kind of undertaking one person is equipped to handle. The trucking accident lawyers at Haglegans & Veronis handle truck accident cases for clients throughout Central Pennsylvania. We want to help you get life back and track and leave the memory of your truck accident in the past.

Gathering the Evidence

Just like with a car accident, evidence is your best tool to help prove your innocence as well as the negligence of others. Of course, the first thing you should do is asses the other victims for injuries, call 911 if needed, and move the vehicles out of traffic, if possible. Afterwards, you can begin to gather evidence and document the events that just occurred. Walk around the scene, take pictures from every angle, and make sure you have photo evidence of the damages to each vehicle involved. Speak with any witnesses that may have been around and write down the date, time, location, and weather conditions during the accident. Collect contact and insurance information from each party. While you need to report the accident to your insurance company, it’s always a good idea to speak to a Central Pennsylvania truck accident lawyer before giving any recorded statements or accepting settlement offers.

Why Choose Hagelgans & Veronis for Your Truck Accident Case?

The  experienced lawyers at Hagelgans & Veronis are prepared for and accustomed to the complexities of truck accident cases. Since our firm’s founding in 1994, we have recovered tens of millions of dollars from insurance companies for victims in motor vehicle accidents and personal injury cases. Our impressive track record negotiating with insurance companies means they know we will fight until our client gets what they deserve. Because of our reputation for tenacity, 99% of our cases are settled before the case goes to court. At Hagelgans & Veronis, we represent only people who have suffered an injury or death due to another’s negligence. We do not and never will represent insurance or trucking companies. We take pride in our personalized and conscientious representation of victims of trucking accidents. We treat our clients with the respect they deserve and provide them with diligent and thorough legal representation.

Contact A Truck Accident Lawyer

If you’ve been the victim of a truck driver’s negligence, consider contacting Haglegans & Veronis for a free consultation. Our truck accident attorneys have years of experience handling accident claims and fighting for what you deserve. We have the knowledge and resources to take on large trucking companies and their insurers.

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From the initial free consultation, your case will be handled by an experienced injury attorney, not a paralegal or legal secretary.

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