Box trucks and utility trucks are everywhere in a city like Philadelphia. Both are used by public entities and private companies which means there are large numbers of them on the roads at any given time.
Box and utility trucks are much heavier than the average passenger vehicles which puts them at a disadvantage if the two collide. A box truck can weight around 40,000 lbs loaded with goods, and a utility truck can be upwards of 20,000 lbs. Collisions with these can cause significant injuries and fatalities.
Police and EMS responded to an accident in Lower Gwynedd Tuesday morning, June 9, 2020. When they arrived, they found a box truck and a utility truck had collided killing one of the drivers. The other driver was taken to a local hospital with unspecified injuries.
The accident shut down Route 202 between Grasshopper Lane and Plymouth Road for several hours as investigators worked the scene. It’s unknown at this time what caused the accident, and so far no charges have been filed in the case.
If you’ve been in an accident with a commercial truck like a box delivery truck or a utility truck, chances are the driver of the truck is either working for a company or some level of government. In either case, making a claim for damages can be tricky or even difficult.
Companies have big pockets, which can be good if your injuries are severe. However, big companies also have a lot to defend and won’t usually just get out the checkbook. They will often fight hard to keep their payouts low so their costs won’t go up.
Some will fight tooth and nail over every item, and others will seem like they are cooperating and have your best interest at heart and then find a way to keep you from getting what you deserve. Either way, the best thing you can do is to get a professional on your side.
Pennsylvania law allows the government to be sued for some negligent claims, however, there are certain notice and deadline requirements that don’t apply to a typical lawsuit or injury claim. If you’ve been injured by a government vehicle, you need to get counsel right away so you don’t miss a deadline or some other requirement that will nullify your claim.
The bottom line is, if you’ve been injured and it was the other driver’s fault, then you need to get the most compensation allowed by the law, and without an attorney, the system is stacked against you.
After an accident involving a serious injury, contact a highly rated Philadelphia Truck Accident Lawyer such as Edith Pearce. Unlike the huge firms with dozens of attorneys and many different attorneys handling different aspects of your case, Edith Pearce is personally involved in every case that we handle. She genuinely cares about her clients and you will not be treated like just another case or file.