Pennsylvania – March 5, 2021

A semi-tractor trailer driven by a Pittsburgh man was involved in a roadway collision that ended with the fatal injury of an 82-year-old woman.  The car she was driving crossed over the center line on Highway 71 and collided with the truck, resulting in non-life threatening injury to the driver.  Wrongful death actions are common when fatal injury occurs after a truck accident and truck accident attorneys can be instrumental in legal actions, or insurance settlements.  It is best to consult with experienced legal counsel after an accident results in harmful losses to accident victims

Motor vehicle.

In Pennsylvania, an accident report  must be filed with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Safety within five days from the mishap if collisions result in death, injury, or significant property damage.  An accident attorney can explain Pennsylvania’s  “modified comparative negligence” rule, where an individual can still recover damages in a personal injury lawsuit, but the amount of compensation will be reduced by an amount that is equal to their percentage of fault, but a plaintiff can only seek damages from the defendant if they are less than 51 percent at fault.

A truck accident attorney will research the possibility of commercial trucking violations that can strengthen a negligence case. Federal regulations require tractor-trailer trucks to carry various levels of insurance coverage, based on the transported cargo. The state of Pennsylvania requires a tractor trailer truck to carry a much higher minimum liability insurance policy than a typical automobile.

Pennsylvania trucking violations.

  1. Improper Maintenance
  2. Driver Fatigue
  3. Distracted Drivers
  4. Commercial Company Negligence
  5. Unsecured Loads
  6. Driving in Extreme Weather

 Wrongful death.

In Pennsylvania, family members, or legal representatives must file a wrongful death legal action to secure compensation when a loved one dies because of the negligent, reckless, or deliberate act of another.  A Pennsylvania wrongful death attorney can assist with damages in these lawsuits that may include:

  • Medical bills and treatment,
  • Funeral and burial expenses,
  • Lost wages compensation,
  • Compensation for pain and suffering,
  • Punitive damages base on individual case.

Seek legal counsel.

Harmful losses stemming from truck accidents may include wrongful death claims, brain and spine injuries and amputations, causing long term financial instability. The laws and regulations related to the trucking industry can be difficult to understand and the experienced legal professionals at Scanlon & Wojton Attorneys at Law can assist accident victims recover damages resulting from a truck accident.

Scanlon & Wojton, Attorneys at Law

Phone:  (412) 918-1241

Fax: (412) 235-7275

The Mitchell Building
304 Ross Street, Suite 510
Pittsburgh, Pa 15219


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