Tractor Trailer Crashes into Building in Chester County
Seeing a tractor-trailer blocking a lane of traffic because it has been involved in an accident is not an uncommon sight. However, what is less common is when a tractor-trailer runs into the side of a building or a house. Truck accidents like these, while rare, are not unheard of. Because of their size and weight, when a tractor-trailer or other commercial vehicle hits a building, there is often a significant amount of damage to both the building and to the trailer.
Recently, on August 30, 2016, an accident involving a tractor-trailer happened in Honey Brook, Pennsylvania. The truck was hauling cement blocks when it lost control and crashed into three cars and nine trailers before striking the side of a house. This accident happened shortly after 10 am, and while it is not entirely clear why this accident happened a preliminary report seems to suggest that the driver went into some sort of coughing fit before the accident.
While investigators are attempting to ascertain the reason for the accident, this accident highlights that not only can there be personal injuries in a tractor-trailer accident, but there can also be significant property damage.
Why would a Truck Drive off the Road?
While it is not entirely clear how this accident happened, State Police stated that the driver had some sort of coughing fit before the accident. However, there are a whole host of reasons why a tractor-trailer might ride off the road.
- Driver exhaustion – Drivers who spend long hours on the road are more prone to be involved in an accident. In fact, exhausted drivers who fall asleep while they are driving, or who lose focus because they are so exhausted cause one out of every five accidents and fatalities.
- Safety violations – Tractor-trailers and other commercial vehicles are subject to an exhaustive list of safety requirements. If a driver has not conducted the proper maintenance on their vehicle, their brakes may not function properly, or their tires may lose traction causing them to lose control of their vehicle and go off the road.
There are many other reasons why a driver may lose control over their vehicles, such as road conditions, or excessive speed. Tractor-trailer drivers also have become notorious for driving while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
What happens if a Truck Damages my Property?
Not every truck accident is going to involve the truck running into the side of a building or a house. More commonly, accidents involving a tractor-trailer will involve another or multiple other vehicles. In most of these cases, the truck company has an immediate strategy, which is to deny that the truck driver was at fault for the accident. In addition to this strategy, large trucking companies will also conduct their own investigation and collect their own evidence, which they will often use to support their claim that their driver was not at fault. However, if you have been in an accident with a tractor-trailer and were not at fault, you may be entitled to recover for the damage that they inflicted on your car.
Most states provide that in the event there is damage to a vehicle or vehicle then the victim is entitled to either the cost of repairing their vehicle or for the fair market value of the vehicle in the event that it was totaled. While it is not always easy to define what is “fair market value,” generally, a driver can estimate how much their car is worth by looking at popular private party estimations such as “Kelly’s Blue Book.”
However, even though large trucking companies carry insurance in case of an accident, often the insurance company will try and keep their costs down by offering you a very low amount for your vehicle.
Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer Today
This is why it is a good idea to work with a skilled truck accident attorney who has experience working not only with the insurance companies, but who also have experience handling cases before the court systems. While insurance companies may try and use intimidation tactics or stall tactics against you, in an effort to keep their costs down, these tactics simply do not work the same way against an attorney.
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