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If you sustained serious injuries in a collision involving a negligent truck driver, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced Harrisburg truck accident lawyer immediately for legal assistance.

At Schmidt Kramer, we have been advocating for injured victims in Pennsylvania for over 30 years and have recovered millions in compensation for our clients. Our proven track record includes $2,200,000 for the family of a man who was struck and killed by an inexperienced truck driver and $475,000 for a victim who was seriously injured after being struck by a tractor trailer.

Founding partner, Charles E. Schmidt, Jr. has been honored with many distinctions in his career, included being selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® from 2010 - 2020.

Contact our firm today to arrange for your free, no-obligation consultation. We can answer your legal questions and determine whether you may have grounds for a lawsuit. We take personal injury cases, such as a truck accident lawsuit, on contingency. This means you pay us nothing unless we achieve a recovery on your behalf.

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How Do I Know If I Have a Valid Truck Accident Case?

To determine whether your case may be valid, your attorney will need to review how your accident happened and assess all four of these components to determine if the other party was negligent:

  • The other driver owed a duty to take reasonable steps to prevent harm to you and others
  • The truck driver failed in his or her duty and that violation caused an accident
  • The breach of duty directly caused you to sustain injuries
  • Your injuries from the accident caused you to suffer tangible damages, such as hospital bills or emotional distress

Our Harrisburg truck accident attorneys welcome the opportunity to validate your case in the free, no-obligation claim review we offer.

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What Compensation Am I Eligible to Receive?

Every case is unique and based on multiple considerations, including the severity of your injuries, how long your doctors believe it will take for you to achieve maximum recovery, the collective cost of your medical bills, the calculated expense of ongoing treatment or therapy you may require, and more.

Our attorneys have decades of experience evaluating personal injury claims, but to make an accurate calculation, we will need to have more details regarding your accident.

The types of compensation you could receive after sustaining injuries in a truck crash, include:

  • Emergency medical care
  • Overnight hospital stays
  • Surgeries
  • Anesthesia
  • Prescription medication
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of your earning capacity
  • Calculated cost of future medical care
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Costs related to physical therapy or rehabilitation care
  • Cost of any follow-up appointments you need
  • Personal property damages
  • Physical pain
  • Emotional distress
  • Lost enjoyment of life
  • Loss of companionship

At Schmidt Kramer, we welcome the opportunity to determine whether you may be eligible to pursue compensation for your damages and answer your legal questions about truck accident injury claims.

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Who May Be Liable for My Damages?

In any truck collision, drivers are often liable, or at least share a large percentage of fault. In addition to common accidents, such as those caused by a fatigued driver falling asleep at the wheel, aggressive behaviors, such as excessive speeding, traffic law violations, driving while intoxicated or tailgating may also cause crashes.

Other potentially parties who may be at fault for a truck crash include:

  • Trucking companies
  • Any third-party company responsible for loading the cargo
  • Owners of the truck and/or trailer
  • Other third-party companies, such as the company that leased the truck or trailer
  • Vehicle manufacturer

Our firm has the resources to launch an in-depth investigation of your accident. We are prepared seek out and hold all at-fault parties accountable for the damages they have caused. 

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Should I Accept the Insurance Company’s Offer to Settle?

We do not recommend that you settle with the insurance company or even speak with them until after you talk to your attorney. Insurance providers often take advantage of vulnerable accident victims who are struggling to make ends meet while recovering. It is almost certain that any quick settlement they offer will be far below what your claim is worth and not even in the ballpark of being enough to compensate you for your injuries and other losses. Keep in mind that they are a for-profit business, so their end goal is making money, not paying you fair compensation.

Our Harrisburg truck accident lawyers are skilled negotiators and have extensive experience assessing the value of an accident claim. We look at the total picture to calculate a fair value. To accurately assess the value of your claim, you must first finish treatment and achieve maximum recovery. We also factor in lost wages, future earnings if you became disabled from your injuries, long-term care or surgery you may need, and more.

It is also important to note that truck accidents often have multiple insurance policies that we can seek to recover compensation on your behalf, including:

  • The truck driver’s liability coverage
  • Cargo insurance
  • Carrier insurance
  • Medical payment insurance
  • Uninsured motorist/underinsured motorist protection (UM/UIM)

Get answers to your questions about pursuing fair compensation after your Harrisburg truck accident claim. Our firm can take your phone call anytime, day or night, and arrange for you to meet with one of our knowledgeable attorneys to discuss your potential case.

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What is the Deadline for Filing a Commercial Truck Accident Claim?

Pennsylvania has a strict two-year statute of limitations. What this means for you is that you must file your claim within two years of the date of your accident if you intend to pursue compensation for damages against the at-fault truck driver. However, remember that your attorney will need to work quickly to preserve important evidence and fully investigate your crash, so we do not recommend that you delay.

If you miss your deadline, you will not have an opportunity to recover compensation for your injuries, and any attempt to file a claim after that date will likely be dismissed by the court. Contact our firm today to learn what deadline may apply in your situation.

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How Do Truck Crashes Differ from Other Motor Vehicle Accidents?

The likelihood of suffering a severe, life-altering injury from a truck accident is significantly higher because of the size and weight of a commercial vehicle. Other differences that contribute to the complexity of a semi-trailer truck, Mack truck, 18-wheeler or big rig accident claim stem from the many federal regulations that govern the trucking industry. Additionally, there are potentially several liable parties and multiple types of evidence that can benefit your claim, if you know how to get it. That is why we recommend trusting your claim to one of our experienced truck accident lawyers.

Severe Injuries Are More Likely to Occur

The size and weight of a commercial vehicle make it much more likely that the driver or passenger in another car will sustain a serious injury. Bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorcyclists are also at an increased risk of sustaining a life-altering injury, as they have little protection from a truck.

Some common injuries a victim may sustain include:

  • Serious bruising
  • Deep lacerations
  • Compound fracture
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Severe neck or back injury
  • Loss of limb
  • Death

Federal Regulations in the Trucking Industry

While truck drivers must adhere to state laws, like all other motorists, there are additional regulations set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) they must also follow. These regulations are intended to increase safety and to reduce the number of accidents. Our attorneys are well-versed in these regulations and how they may apply to your accident claim.

Gathering Evidence from the Truck Accident Scene

After a collision involving a commercial vehicle, insurance investigators will rush to get to the scene of the accident to gather important evidence. Preserving this evidence is crucial to insurers, because it may help them to reduce their policyholders’ liability and what they must pay out to any accident victim. However, the opposite is also true. Your attorney will need to act quickly to obtain important crash scene evidence, such as the truck’s black box, before it is lost or destroyed.

Additional supporting evidence could include:

  • Pictures taken at the scene of the crash, including road debris, vehicle damage, weather conditions and more
  • Eyewitness statements from others who witnessed the crash
  • Police reports, including citations for traffic violations
  • Insurance crash report (which contains more detailed information from a trained investigator)
  • The driver’s daily logs, which include recorded on and off-duty time, inspection reports, service and repairs, and more.

Federal Truck Regulations to Reduce Drowsy Driving Crashes

Federal hours-on-duty rules are intended to regulate the number of hours a commercial driver can continue to operate his or her vehicle during a 24-hour time period. These regulations were implemented to help reduce the risk of a truck driver falling asleep at the wheel due to fatigue, and include:

  • Maximum of 11 hours behind the wheel in a 24-hour time period.
  • 10 consecutive off-duty hours in a 24-hour time frame.
  • No more than 14 hours of being on duty (driving or not driving) per day.
  • Drivers may not spend off-duty hours in the truck unless he or she is in a sleeper birth.
  • Drivers must take a 30-minute rest break after driving eight consecutive hours.
  • Drivers are restricted to no more than 60 hours during any 7-day period and 70 hours over an eight-day period. After reaching the limit, drivers must go off duty for a minimum of 34 consecutive hours.
  • Truck drivers must also adhere to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) and log their status in 24-hour intervals. Logbooks may provide critical evidence in a truck accident case.

Following a Harrisburg truck accident, your attorney may subpoena the truck drivers daily log entries to determine whether any FMCSA regulation was violated, and whether that violation contributed to your crash.

Contact our Harrisburg Truck Accident Lawyers Today

If you suffered serious injuries after a truck accident caused by another’s negligence, we encourage you to not try to take on the trucking industry on your own. Truck accident claims are especially complicated and involve multiple insurance companies and sometimes multiple lawyers. Our Harrisburg truck accident attorneys have over 30 years of experience recovering compensation from insurance companies. We are accustomed to pursuing maximum compensation for our clients. Take advantage of our experience, while you focus on your recovery. Let us do all the hard work on your behalf.

Schmidt Kramer law offices are available 24/7 to take your call and arrange for your free legal consultation. There are no upfront costs to pay or costs while we represent you. We do not get paid unless you do.

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