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Tractor Trailer Accidents

Philadelphia Tractor Trailer Accident Attorney

We believe victims are entitled to maximum compensation for injuries

Tractor trailers, or 18-wheelers,play a vital role in the economic well-being of this country. Trucks are the primary means by which goods and materials are transported, but they are also responsible for thousands of highway deaths each year and cause more than 100,000 injuries each year.

At van der Veen, Hartshorn and Levin, our Philadelphia tractor trailer accident attorneys have expert knowledge of the complex maze of state and federal laws and regulations which govern how these vehicles are operated and maintained.

We believe that if you are the victim of a tractor trailer accident, you deserve the maximum compensation possible for the injuries and damages you suffer.

Complex regulations can play a role in your right to compensation following a tractor trailer accident

The massive size and weight of the tractor trailers operating on the nation’s highway scan turn them into potentially lethal objects when truck drivers exceed safe speed limits or are too tired and fatigued to respond to rapidly changing situations. Government regulations have been enacted to address key safety issues when it comes to the operation of tractor trailers, including:

  • Equipment Regulations: The government has strict standards for brakes, lights, vehicle inspection and maintenance intervals, and mandatory emergency and safety equipment.
  • Cargo Regulations: The size, type and securing of the loads carried by tractor trailers are regulated out of safety concerns. Improperly loaded or secured cargo can fall off a truck and become a hazard to other vehicles, or it can shift during transport and cause a driver to lose control of the truck.
  • Driver Regulations: From bans on texting while driving to mandatory alcohol and drug testing, while operating a tractor trailer the government places many restrictions on truck drivers and imposes standards for training and hour restrictions designed to promote safe operation.

Our extensive experience handling tractor trailer accidents gives us a distinct advantage when representing clients who are seriously injured.

We know many tractor trailer accidents are caused by trucking companies and truck drivers who cheat by driving too fast, working longer hours than allowed or sending trucks out on the road with faulty equipment.

It is essential to conduct a thorough investigation and review of police reports to determine if the accident in which you were injured was caused by the failure of the tractor trailer owner or driver to comply with the regulations.

A Philadelphia personal injury law firm with a proven record of success

Congress is considering increasing the size of tractor trailers and the loads they can carry. At the same time, it is reviewing a proposal to lower the minimum age for licensing of truck drivers from 21 years of age to 18. These changes, if implemented, can only lead to more accidents and injuries caused by factors such as:

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

Our proven track record of success in achieving the maximum benefit for victims of 18-wheeler accidents is unsurpassed. The delaying and low-balling tactics of insurance adjusters or trucking company executives are no match for the relentless advocacy for which Michael T. van der Veen and his hardworking accident litigation team have become famous.

When you are seriously injured in a tractor trailer crash caused by someone’s negligent conduct, you are entitled to recover for the injuries and damages you suffer. Attorney van der Veen has won national acclaim for his unwavering commitment to holding responsible parties accountable for their negligence. Some of our truck accident verdicts and settlements include:

  • $10 million settlement for boy with injury from a tractor trailer
  • $4.5 million jury verdict for man rendered tetraplegic by a tractor trailer
  • $3.5 million jury verdict for a woman sandwiched by 2 dump trucks

Included among the damages for which you may be entitled to recover compensation are:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Household services
  • Lost earnings
  • Recovery for diminished future earnings due to disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Loss of enjoyment of life’s pleasures

We cannot heal your injuries, but we make it possible for you to concentrate on the process of healing without having to worry about your financial well-being. Our Philadelphia tractor trailer accident attorneys fight on your behalf and win.

Our Philadelphia truck accident attorneys make sure others pay when you are injured in a tractor trailer crash

18 wheeler accidents put a tremendous toll on innocent victims. Contact van der Veen, Hartshorn and Levin at any time of the day or night to put our aggressive Philadelphia tractor trailer accident attorneys to work for you. Call us today at (215) 486-0123 for a free initial consultation. You may also contact us online.

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
  • Pedestrian Accident $2.4 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
In the Media

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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Home to Philadelphia’s most accomplished attorneys, van der Veen, Hartshorn and Levin pairs diverse practice experience with a passion-driven, comprehensive law practice—all for the client’s benefit.