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Who can be sued in a Pennsylvania truck accident case?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

The truck driver can be sued in a Pennsylvania truck accident case, and his company, the company that he works for. In Pennsylvania, an employer is responsible for the negligent acts of his employee. It’s called respondent superior. It’s under the agency theory of law, and it says that if the driver is negligent,… Read More »

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What should I look for in hiring an attorney to represent me in my Pennsylvania truck accident case?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Experience. Experience and an excellent track record. You want an attorney who knows the intricacies, the in and the outs of trucking litigation, and you want to know that they’ve been doing it for a very long time in a successful way.

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What must I prove in order to win my Pennsylvania truck accident case?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

You have to prove liability and damages in a truck accident case. You have to prove first that the truck driver was negligent and that, that negligence of his caused you injury or damage. Really like any case in Pennsylvania, in a civil case, there’s two parts: liability and damages. And you want to… Read More »

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What is the first thing I should do if I have been injured in a Pennsylvania truck accident?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

On the scene, you should contact the police right away and get medical help. Then, you should contact a lawyer and let the lawyer investigate beyond the police investigation what happened, what the causes were, how it could’ve been prevented, and then put together a comprehensive understanding of what your injuries and damages are…. Read More »

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What if I was hit by a drunk truck driver in Pennsylvania?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

If you’re hit by a drunk truck driver in Pennsylvania, it’s just the same as being hit by a drunk driver in a car. You’re going to be entitled to recover all of your losses, your medical bills past and future, your lost wages in the past and your future earning capacity, your pain… Read More »

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The driver of the truck that hit me had no insurance. What are my options?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

The driver is covered by the trucking company’s insurance policy if the driver is in the course and scope of his employment when he hit you, therefore, it is not a concern that the driver had no insurance on his personal vehicle. The trucking insurance company will stand in his shoes and provide him… Read More »

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If I was in a Pennsylvania truck accident, should I accept a settlement from their insurance company?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

No. Trucking companies may be aggressive in trying to contact you, and will be. They will try to settle your case for less than full value early on. That is why you must consult with an attorney immediately, and not give any statements to the trucking company’s representatives, or accept a settlement from them… Read More »

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If I am injured in a Pennsylvania truck accident, how will I pay for my medical bills?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Under Pennsylvania law, you will have your medical bills paid by the insurance policy that covers you. If you’re in an accident with a truck and you’re in another vehicle, your policy of insurance first party benefits will pay. If you’re in the truck itself, the truck’s insurance medical coverage mandatory in Pennsylvania will… Read More »

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I haven’t been able to work since my car was hit by a truck in Pennsylvania. Can I get compensation for my loss of pay? – Michael T. van der Veen

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Absolutely you can. There are a couple different avenues where you could perhaps get your loss of pay, and quickly. First is from your own insurance policy on your car. Many policies have wage loss, first party benefits and you can recover it there. Of course, the truck that hit you is going to… Read More »

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How quickly should I contact an attorney in a Pennsylvania wrongful death case?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

You should do that immediately. An attorney’s going to help you through the entire process. Not just of the claim, but of a lot of things that go on before a wrongful death suit is brought. There is the establishment of the estate. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done even… Read More »

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