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Tractor Trailer Accidents

Allentown Tractor Trailer Accident Attorney

Tractor trailers. 18-wheelers. Semis. Big rigs. There are countless names for these road warriors, but ultimately, they do the same thing—they keep America running. Truckers are vital to the health of our nation, as they are the primary means by which goods and materials are transported across the country. That said, while tractor trailers are essential for our economy, they are also dangerous. Big rigs cause thousands of accidents each year. In fact, in 2016, they were responsible for 4,440 traffic fatalities and 119,000 injury crashes, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. While those numbers have fluctuated over the years, they have remained consistently high, save for a few years when these numbers reached historic lows.

At van der Veen, Hartshorn and Levin, our Allentown tractor trailer accident attorneys are familiar with the intricate laws that govern how big rigs are operated and maintained. If you are the victim of a tractor trailer accident, you deserve the maximum amount of compensation possible for your injuries. Our attorneys will aggressively fight on your behalf to ensure that you win that compensation and can recover in peace.

Complex Regulations Govern Big-Rig Use and Play a Role in the Recovery of Compensation

Because of how large trucks are, and because of the often-hazardous materials that they carry, truckers and the companies for which they work are subject to countless rules and regulations. These regulations are in place to keep the truckers themselves and the drivers of passenger vehicles safe. When a trucker violates a regulation, and when he or she causes an accident as a result, he or she and his or her company can be held liable for negligence. Some government regulations that have been enacted to address key safety issues include the following:

  • Driver Regulations: From mandatory alcohol and drug tests to bans on texting while driving to hour restrictions, there are countless regulations and measures in place to promote safe operation of tractor trailers.

  • Equipment Regulations: Many times, big rig accidents are not the fault of the drivers themselves. Sometimes, faulty equipment plays a role. To prevent the devastation that bad brakes, broken tail lights, or faulty cargo latches can cause, the government mandates that trucks undergo inspections and maintenance on a routine basis.

  • Cargo Regulations: The types and size of the load often pose an additional health and safety risk. Regulations are in place to ensure that loads do not come unsecured during travel, shift during transport, or cause a driver to lose control while on the road.

Our Allentown tractor trailer accident lawyers are familiar with the complex rules and laws that regulate the industry. When a client is injured in a truck accident, we will perform a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the accident and use our in-depth knowledge of the law to determine liability. Often, after performing our investigation, we discover that a tractor trailer accident occurred because of one of the following common causes:

  • Speeding;
  • Driver fatigue;
  • Driver error;
  • Distracted driving;
  • Inadequate training; or
  • Drug and alcohol use.

Once we determine cause and liability, we then push for the compensation we believe our clients deserve. Some damages that we routinely recover on clients’ behalves include the following:

  • Lost wages;
  • Past and future medical expenses;
  • Household services;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Diminished earning capacity;
  • Rehabilitation costs;
  • Scarring and disfigurement; and
  • Loss of enjoyment of life.

Our Allentown Truck Accident Attorneys Can Make Sure Others Pay When You Are Injured

Tractor trailer accidents can cause huge devastation and negatively impact one’s health and one’s life. If you were injured in a tractor trailer accident in Pennsylvania, reach out to the Allentown tractor trailer accident lawyers at van der Veen, Hartshorn and Levin to discuss your legal options for recovery. Call our Allentown law firm at (215) 486-0123 to schedule a free consultation or contact us online. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Notable Case Results

Always Pursing the Best Possible Outcome
  • Motorcycle Accident $35.1 Million
  • Truck Accident $10 Million
  • Bicycle Accident $4.8 Million
  • Truck Accident $4.3 Million
  • Truck Accident $3.3 Million
  • Car Accident $1.7 Million
  • Car Accident by Drunk Driver $1.4 Million
  • Premises Liability $1.3 Million
  • Assault by Club Employee $1 Million
  • Premises Liability $1 Million
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Throughout the years, our firm and our individual attorneys have been recognized in both local and national media for our extensive legal knowledge, experience, and record of success. Our attorneys frequently appear in the media to provide insight and information on various legal matters, including high-profile cases.

Choosing the Right Firm Can Make All the Difference

  • Unrivaled Record of Success
    We have won tens of millions of dollars for injured victims, and have achieved countless "not guilty" verdicts for clients faced with criminal charges.
  • No Challenge too Big
    Our firm has handled some of the biggest cases in country, including representing the President of the United States.
  • Personalized Representation

    We understand that every case is unique. Therefore, we tailor our approach based on the facts of the case and the needs of our client. 

  • Uncompromising Passion
    Our competitive nature is one of our strongest qualities. You can be confident that no other firm will outwork our team.
  • Holistic Approach
    Not only do we want to excel legally for the client, but we also want to make sure we are strengthening their mind, body and spirt.
  • Supporting the Community
    Our team engages in many community events and regularly donates time and resources to many charitable organizations in Philadelphia.
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