Truck Accident Attorney
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident involving a commercial truck, you need a truck accident attorney who can get results.
Foley Law Firm has collected millions for victims injured by negligent truck drivers, trucking companies, and equipment manufacturers.
How can truck crash victims throughout Stroudsburg, Wilkes-Barre, and Scranton, PA, protect themselves?
Call Foley Law Firm and Gather as Much Evidence as You Can
Your health and your safety should be your first priorities immediately following a collision with a truck. As soon as you are able, you should:
Reach Out to a Truck Accident LawyerIt will not take long for attorneys and insurance adjusters representing the trucking company to begin gathering evidence. The sooner you can secure your own legal representation, the better. Our truck accident lawyers will begin their own investigation, and will stand between you and everyone representing the other party. Until you secure a lawyer, do not speak to attorneys, insurance adjusters, or anyone else representing the driver or their employer.
Make Copies of Photos and Other Evidence
Your smartphone is an invaluable tool when it comes to protecting your rights and establishing liability following a truck crash. If you were able to take pictures of the vehicles, physical injuries, road conditions, and any other images you feel demonstrate who is at fault for the accident, make a backup of these files by downloading them onto your computer, uploading them to a cloud storage service, or sending them to yourself as email attachments.
Cooperate with the Police
The police report is another crucial piece of evidence in truck accident cases. When the police speak to you, try to speak plainly and calmly as you describe the events of the accident to the best of your ability. Do not try to place blame or provide opinions; concentrate instead on just explaining the facts. Afterward, be sure to get the badge numbers and contact information of the officers in case you remember any important details later.
Document Your Injuries
Trucking accidents cause both physical and psychological distress, and victims deserve to be compensated for both. Take regular note of how the aftermath of the accident is affecting you and your loved ones in terms of physical pain and mental anguish. This can be as simple as jotting down notes by hand or recording voice memos on your phone.
Attend Your Medical Appointments
Your medical records will play an essential role in your case for compensation. This documentation will provide an authoritative demonstration of how severely the other party's negligence has affected you, and the amount of compensation you deserve for medical expenses. Make the necessary arrangements to ensure that you never miss a doctor's appointment, physical therapy session, or meeting with a mental healthcare provider.
Foley Law Firm Gets Results
Truck accident attorney Kevin Foley negotiated two confidential truck accident settlements totaling between $10,000,000 and $20,000,000 each.
Book A Free Consultation with Foley Law Firm
If you and your loved ones have been affected by the negligence of a driver, their employer, or an equipment manufacturer, now is the time to put a legal advocate in your corner. Foley Law Firm has served victims in Scranton, Stroudsburg, Wilkes-Barre, and communities throughout Eastern Pennsylvania for more than 40 years. Our truck accident lawyers have collected millions for families whose lives have been upended by the devastating carelessness of others, and they are prepared to do the same for you. When we take truck accident cases, we collect no fees whatsoever unless we secure a settlement or jury award for you.
If your livelihood is on the line, don't wait - book your free consultation with us today. Our truck accident lawyers can arrange to meet you at our offices in Scranton or Stroudsburg, at your home, or in the hospital. Request your case review online or call us at:
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Trucking Accidents Are Happening More Often in Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reports that between 2014 and 2018, accidents involving large trucks increased by more than 10 percent.
Meanwhile, more than 10 percent of fatal collisions in 2018 involved large trucks. Eighty-three percent of heavy truck accidents in Pennsylvania occurred on highways.
In 2018, 114 Pennsylvania heavy truck accidents involved tire and wheel issues. Brake-related issues were the second most common type of equipment failure involved in heavy truck accidents, occurring in 85 cases.
Who Can Be Held Liable?
Fatigue, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, driving for longer periods than they are legally allowed, and distracted driving are just some of the reasons why drivers themselves cause devastating accidents. The team at Foley Law Firm will examine police reports, log books, eyewitness accounts, and the accident scene itself to determine if the driver is responsible for your losses in any way.
The Trucking Company
Trucking companies are responsible for properly training their drivers, maintaining their trucks, hiring qualified drivers, using safe equipment, and other duties that help to ensure the safety of everyone in the proximity of a large truck. Our truck accident lawyers are very familiar with trucking industry standards, and they will be able to determine if a failure to meet these duties contributed to the accident.
The manufacturer of a truck or other equipment used in shipping goods with large trucks may be held liable if it can be proved that faulty design or a manufacturing defect contributed to an accident. Manufacturers can also be considered negligent if they fail to mention certain risks or dangers in the operating instructions.
Retailers that deal in heavy trucks and other equipment are responsible for the products they sell. In other words, if a retailer sells a heavy truck that they know is defective, they can be held liable for any damage the truck causes. Our thorough investigation on your behalf will explore every possibility when it comes to determining who is responsible for the losses you have suffered.
Safety in Commercial Trucking Depends on Many Key Players in the Industry
In Pennsylvania, you have two years from the time of an accident to file a personal injury suit.
Now Is the Time to Book A Free Case Review
The trucking industry is vital to our economy. But when drivers, manufacturers, and other parties are negligent, it also poses grave danger to the very people it aims to serve. There is no excuse for cutting corners when it comes to making sure that heavy trucks operate as safely as possible. If negligence on the part of anyone in the trucking industry has caused you and the ones you love most to suffer devastating losses, Foley Law Firm is ready to act.
During a free case review at our Scranton or Stroudsburg offices, you will meet with a team that has secured millions in restitution for victims like you. When you choose the truck accident lawyers at Foley Law Firm to be your dedicated advocates, you will pay absolutely nothing in legal fees unless we succeed in collecting compensation on your behalf. Request your consultation online or call us today at:
Causes of Trucking Accidents
It goes without saying, but identifying the exact cause of the accident lays the groundwork for a strong case. The PDOT reports that in 2018, 114 Pennsylvania heavy truck accidents involved tire and wheel issues. Brake-related issues were the second most common type of equipment failure involved in heavy truck accidents, occurring in 85 cases. These issues could be attributed to negligence on the part of virtually anyone in the trucking industry, depending on the specific defect or failure that occurred. For example, a driver may be found responsible for a blown tire due to improper pressure, while a manufacturer would be responsible for a tire with design flaws.
Unsafe DrivingIf a driver is operating their vehicle aggressively or while deprived of sleep, distracted, or sick, the chances of an accident increase. Distraction is also a serious concern if the driver does not actively have their eyes on the road because they are looking at a cell phone or something else in their vehicle. Drivers who choose to drive over the speed limit also put others at risk, and can be held responsible for causing an accident.
Truck Maintenance Negligence
Drivers and trucking companies have a strict responsibility to maintain a functional, well-performing vehicle that poses no threat to the safety of other motorists. When important gauges, electrical wiring, and other sensors become disabled or compromised, passengers of other vehicles and pedestrians are at risk for injury. Our truck accident lawyers can determine if truck maintenance negligence occurred on the part of a driver or their employer.
Texting and Driving: A Distraction that Increases the Risk of Truck Accidents
Among non-commercial drivers in Pennsylvania, texting and driving is an offense that carries a $50 fine. Commercial truck drivers face harsher penalties, including loss of their commercial driver's license for two months. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) banned commercial truck drivers from texting while driving in 2010. In November 2011, the FMCSA banned all cell phone use by truckers behind the wheel.
Victims injured in an accident involving a heavy truck may be awarded punitive damages if it can be proven that the driver was using a cell phone at the time of the accident. This specific type of restitution is awarded to victims as a means of punishing the negligent party. Our truck accident lawyers believe that you deserve the absolute maximum compensation when negligence results in losses of any kind. When you choose Foley Law Firm to take your case, we will investigate every possible avenue of compensation in order to help you rebuild your life.
A Record-Breaking Settlement
Kevin Foley of Foley Law Firm negotiated Lackawanna County's single largest settlement in a truck-auto collision case.
Types of Damages That Truck Accident Victims Can Collect
This kind of restitution is intended to make amends for both the tangible and intangible losses the victim has suffered as a result of the accident, including medical expenses, property damage, lost income, and pain and suffering (including both physical and psychological distress). You can also be compensated for loss of enjoyment (any resulting compromise in your ability to take part in activities like exercise or hobbies) and loss of consortium (injuries that affect your relationship with your spouse). Pennsylvania has no limit on the amount of compensatory damages victims can collect.
If a driver, their employer, or other party is determined to have acted in an especially negligent or careless manner, a judge may choose to award the victim punitive damages. This special type of compensation is intended to punish the defendant and discourage similar behavior in the future. In Pennsylvania, punitive damages cannot exceed $250,000.
A Large Settlement with Multiple Parties
Thomas J. Foley, III, reached a settlement of more than $4 million on behalf of the widow of a victim killed in a collision with a dump truck. Mr. Foley not only held the truck driver responsible, but also a highway construction company that contributed to dangerous conditions.
Your Future Is Our Focus
Truck accidents can cause a litany of damages that money cannot completely remedy. However, the truth is that if anything can help you piece your life back together into something resembling the life you once knew, it's financial restitution. The truck accident attorneys at Foley Law Firm believe that innocent victims who suffer due to negligence on the part of drivers, trucking companies, and others in the trucking industry deserve to be compensated to the fullest.
As your legal counsel, we will conduct a detailed investigation to determine exactly how much you are owed and who is responsible for paying you, either through a settlement or jury award. We work on contingency, meaning we don't get paid unless you collect. Our law firm has achieved record-breaking settlements for truck accident victims, and we are ready to put tremendous efforts behind achieving the outcome you deserve. Book your free case review today by sending us a message online or calling:
Verdicts & Settlements Foley Law Firm Has Achieved for Victims
Two Confidential Settlements
of $10,000,000 to $20,000,000
Truck accident attorney Kevin Foley was successful in negotiating two confidential truck accident settlements, totaling between $10 million and $20 million each.
A Record $14,750,000 Settlement
Foley Law Firm negotiated Lackawanna County's single largest settlement in a truck-auto collision case.
$14,250,000 SettlementFoley Law Firm negotiated a settlement of more than $14 million for a woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury after a head-on collision with a truck in Wyoming County.
Personal injury attorney Thomas J. Foley, III, reached a settlement of more than $4 million on behalf of Linette Caroselli, widow of Philip Caroselli. Mr. Caroselli was killed in 2013 when a dump truck pulled directly in front of his minivan before he could brake. Mr. Foley not only held the truck driver responsible, but also a highway construction company that created dangerous conditions, contributing to the accident.
$3,750,000 SettlementA woman who suffered a serious leg injury after her vehicle was struck by a truck collected nearly $4 million with the help of the attorneys at Foley Law Firm.
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Innocent victims across the state of Pennsylvania have benefited from the multimillion-dollar settlements we have achieved by holding drivers, trucking companies, and others responsible for their negligent actions. We are ready to dedicate our resources to helping you and your loved ones move on after suffering a truck accident. Our firm serves Scranton, Stroudsburg, Wilkes-Barre, and communities throughout Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania. Book a free consultation with us today by calling
If you are worried about being able to afford an attorney, don't be. Our case reviews are 100-percent free of charge, and we collect no fees until we secure a settlement or jury award for you and your loved ones.
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Trust Your Case to a Firm that Has Helped Many Truck Accident Victims
The aftermath of a heavy truck accident can leave your life, your livelihood, and your future in shambles. Victims undoubtedly deserve maximum compensation when the negligence of anyone in the trucking industry results in catastrophic losses. However, achieving justice requires legal expertise and an extensive knowledge of trucking regulations, driver protocol, and other complex areas relating to commercial trucks.
The verdicts, settlements, and accolades that Foley Law Firm has achieved over the last 40 years speak for themselves. Our law firm is ready to dedicate our resources, our knowledge, and our true compassion for you and your family to helping you collect compensation. If you are worried about being able to afford an attorney, don't be - our case reviews are 100 percent free of charge, and we collect no fees until we secure a settlement or jury award for you and your loved ones. Don't wait any longer to start pursuing the restitution you are owed. Request your case review by sending us a message online or calling us now:
We Fight for Fair Settlements
A woman who suffered a serious leg injury after her vehicle was struck by a truck collected nearly $4 million with the help of the attorneys at Foley Law Firm.
I-81: Pennsylvania's Deadliest Highway
A Closer Look At Lackawanna and Monroe Counties
Tourism destinations like the Pocono Mountains and the village of Tannersville are making Monroe County one of the fastest-growing counties in the state. In the last 30 years, the population has increased by more than 70 percent, with retail and commercial sectors also experiencing growth. This growth has resulted in greater commercial vehicle traffic along the many highways that pass through Monroe County, including I-80 and I-30, as well as on smaller thoroughfares in cities such as East Stroudsburg (home of East Stroudsburg University).
Lackawanna County is the second-largest county in the Wyoming Valley. The county is bisected by I-81, which passes directly through Scranton. Those who commute to Scranton from communities such as Wilkes-Barre know that this highway is frequently backed up due to construction. As the Keystone State's deadliest highway, traffic accidents are also very common due to inclement weather and tight curves. Traffic issues are exacerbated by the fact that I-81 is a direct route for those driving to Upstate New York.
New Legislation Could Increase the Risk of Trucking Accidents
In May of 2020, the Trump administration made the controversial decision to relax trucking industry regulations intended to minimize driver fatigue. The maximum number of hours in a workday for short-haul drivers has been increased from 12 to 14 hours, and they are now allowed to cover greater distances within that time frame. Although long-haul drivers are still limited to an 11-hour workday, they are now allowed to spend their mandatory 30-minute breaks (taken every eight hours) loading or unloading their truck, completing paperwork, or other work-related duties.
Although this is expected to save the trucking industry nearly $3 billion over 10 years, many are concerned that these changes will place motorists in greater danger. The federal government reported that nearly 5,000 lives were lost in accidents involving large trucks in 2018, an increase of almost one percent from the previous year.
Time will tell what these loosened regulations mean for motorists. In the meantime, Foley Law Firm urges you to drive defensively and know that we are here to stand up for your rights if negligence in any facet of the trucking industry affects you.
Other Commercial Vehicles Can Also Cause Trucking Accidents
Delivery TrucksBox trucks (such as those used for residential home moving services and making short-distance deliveries), cargo vans, and package delivery trucks (such as those used by FedEX and UPS) have the weight to cause significant damage in a collision. Unlike big rig drivers, some workers who drive box trucks do not need a commercial driver's license or any special training.
The sheer size and weight of garbage trucks, combined with the fact that their routes often take place on tight residential thoroughfares, makes any degree of negligence a major risk of disaster. Whether a truck is owned by a municipality or a private waste management company, our attorneys have demonstrated time and again that they can negotiate a maximum settlement or secure a multimillion-dollar jury award.
Although a tow truck itself may not look dramatically larger than the biggest non-commercial pickup trucks on the road, the truth is that they are extremely heavy, and only become more capable of damage when they are towing another vehicle. Our attorneys are prepared to help victims of negligence on the part of drivers and towing companies.
Concrete Pump Trucks
Concrete pump trucks themselves can weigh as much as 30,000 pounds. Considering that many of these trucks are designed to carry as much as 40,000 pounds of cement, a collision with the average passenger vehicle can be horrific. Our attorneys have the industry knowledge needed to identify when and how negligence on the part of a driver, company, or manufacturer causes victims to suffer devastating losses.
Our Attorneys Can Help Victims of Any Type of Commercial Vehicle Accident
Heavy trucks serve many different purposes on virtually every type of roadway in Pennsylvania. Although we as motorists have an obligation to drive carefully and defensively, truck drivers, their employers, and the companies that manufacture their equipment also carry an immense responsibility to minimize the risk they pose to those around them.
You may feel that the facts surrounding your injury are plain and that there is no question of where the blame lies. However, you can be certain that the company that owns the truck will have lawyers taking every measure to downplay their responsibility, or even portray the accident as something that occurred due to negligence on your part. In other cases, drivers in passenger vehicles may actually believe they are at fault when, in fact, they are not.
Fortunately, you have nothing at all to lose by consulting the attorneys at Foley Law Firm. During your free case review, our attorneys, who have handled a multitude of personal injury cases involving heavy trucks and tractor-trailers, can determine whether you are entitled to compensation. To request your consultation, send us a message online or give us a call now:
Vehicle Insurance in Pennsylvania Is Unique Compared to Most Other States
Pennsylvania is a no-fault state for car accidents, which means no matter who is at fault, each party collects compensation from their own insurance policy. Insurance will cover property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and other losses. However, Pennsylvania is different than other no-fault states because it is a "choice no-fault state," meaning drivers select either limited tort or full-tort coverage:
- Limited Tort Coverage: This coverage is less expensive than full-tort coverage, with lower premiums. The driver collects damages from their own insurer and doesn't collect for non-financial losses.
- Full-Tort Insurance Coverage: This type of insurance gives drivers more options when they suffer injuries due to another party's actions. Drivers with full-tort insurance can pursue action against the liable party’s insurance provider for losses such as property damage and medical bills.
In many cases, drivers in no-fault states cannot sue for compensation after an accident. However, if an injury is considered “serious,” meaning it results in permanent injury or disfigurement, the victim may have grounds for legal action. Our attorneys are glad to help accident victims in Stroudsburg, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, and communities throughout Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania determine whether they can pursue restitution.
What If I Am Partially at Fault for the Accident?
If you are injured in a trucking accident, but you are also found to have been partially to blame for the crash, you may still be entitled to damages. For example, if a jury determines that you were 20 percent responsible for the accident, you would be responsible for paying the other party for 20 percent of their losses. The other party would be responsible for paying you 80 percent of your losses.
Having an attorney on your side is advisable in any personal injury case, but it can be especially beneficial if there is any reason to believe you may be partially responsible for the accident. In this scenario, you need an aggressive legal advocate who can keep your share of the responsibility in perspective and prevent the defense from paying less than you are truly owed.
Everyone makes mistakes on the road at one point or another. Don't let a small mistake on your part relieve a negligent driver, trucking company, or manufacturer of their duty to protect your safety. Reach out to an attorney as soon as you can, and in the meantime, don't speak to anyone representing the other party.
You Have Two Years to File a Personal Injury Claim
In Pennsylvania, you have two years from the time of an accident to file a personal injury suit. Although this may sound like plenty of time to move forward with legal action, the best approach is to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible. The aftermath of a truck accident can be confusing and overwhelming, but by taking those first steps toward collecting compensation as quickly as you can, your chances of achieving a beneficial outcome are much better. As time passes, memories fade, important documentation can become harder to track down, and it becomes more difficult to create a compelling case for compensation.
Time Is Running Out Call Foley Law Firm Now
The moment a truck accident occurs, the clock starts ticking. If your loved one has been injured in a collision with a commercial truck (with or without a tractor-trailer), and he or she has been left unable to reach out to an attorney, you can do them a tremendous favor by reaching out to Foley Law Firm as soon as possible. Once we determine that you should pursue legal action, our attorneys can immediately begin gathering evidence, building your case, and acting as an essential buffer between you and the other party's insurance adjusters and attorneys.
Our attorneys have a track record of success when it comes to achieving justice on behalf of victims whose lives have been turned upside down by the negligence of key players in the trucking industry. We have secured record-breaking settlements and helped many clients in situations like yours to rebuild their lives in the wake of tragedy. Don't let the opportunity to collect the restitution you deserve pass you by. Our attorneys are ready to meet you at our offices or at any location that is convenient for you in order to conduct a free case review. Reach out to us online today or call:
If You Have Lost a Loved One in a Commercial Vehicle Accident...
Collect Compensation for Immediate and Future Losses
Foley Law Firm will pursue compensation not only for lost wages (including what your loved one would have likely earned during the remainder of their life), but also the cost of counseling for you and your loved ones, and the loss of consortium and companionship you once depended on. No amount of money can make up for the loss of a loved one, but with our team on your side, you can rest assured that our attorneys are focused on collecting every penny of restitution you deserve.
Take Timely Action
The statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death suit is no different from the time frame that applies to any personal injury suit. Although you have two years to take legal action, you have everything to gain by speaking to an attorney as soon as possible. Foley Law Firm wants to help you move on with your life the best you can, and we will waste no time in building a case for the absolute maximum restitution on your behalf.
Make a Difference
It is virtually impossible for others to understand the depth of your grief. However, having to pay large sums of money to make amends for negligence is something that makes a serious impact on drivers, trucking companies, manufacturers, and their colleagues. By filing suit against the party responsible for your loss, you can help others become more cognizant of their safety practices and better acquainted with the insurmountable fallout of careless acts.
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Let Foley Law Firm Fight for You When the Unthinkable Occurs
Any kind of motor vehicle accident is a frightening and potentially life-changing event. When the accident involves a heavy commercial vehicle, the ramifications can be far worse. Our firm wants to provide victims with the peace of mind that can only come from knowing that your future and your livelihood are in the hands of legal advocates who are proven capable of making certain that justice is truly served.
Are you and your loved ones feeling helpless and alone in the wake of a truck accident? We invite you to book a free case review with our attorneys, serving Wilkes-Barre and communities throughout Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania. You can send us an electronic request or call our Scranton or Stroudsburg offices directly at
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Commercial Truck Accident FAQ
Am I Obligated to Speak with Insurance Adjusters?
Absolutely not. Once you make the decision to work with Foley Law Firm, you can defer all of these requests to your attorney.
Can I Still File Suit If I Have No-Fault Insurance?
Possibly. If your injuries are considered permanent or disfiguring, you have a right to pursue compensation from a driver, his or her employer, the manufacturer of faulty equipment, or a retailer who sold faulty equipment.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire Foley Law Firm?
Until we secure a jury award or settlement on your behalf, you owe us nothing. We only collect fees once we have achieved justice for you.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?
In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for truck accident cases and other personal injury cases is two years from the date of the incident.
What If I Am Partially At Fault?
You can still collect compensation even if you are partially at fault for an accident. This is called comparative negligence, and the courts will determine how much of the blame lies with you and the truck driver (or any other entity in the trucking industry). Damages will be awarded accordingly.
Should I Decline Medical Attention If I Don’t Believe I’m Hurt?
No. It is very possible that you are hurt in ways that might not become apparent until some time has passed. You should definitely allow a medical technician to perform an evaluation. This documentation will be invaluable in linking any injuries to their cause and helping you to collect compensation from the responsible party.
Is Foley Law Firm the Right Firm for My Needs?
Only you can make that decision, but as you consider legal representation, we encourage you to remember: we have secured record-breaking multimillion-dollar settlements for clients just like you over the last four decades, and we continually receive prestigious professional distinctions year after year. Foley Law Firm proudly serves clients in Scranton, Stroudsburg, Wilkes-Barre, and throughout Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania.
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