What Happens After a Hit-And-Run With a Commercial Truck?

Legally reviewed by:
Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C.
May 21, 2024
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In the unsettling aftermath of a hit-and-run accident involving a commercial truck, victims often find themselves grappling with both physical injuries and a barrage of unanswered questions. Central among these concerns is the uncertainty of what comes next. A hit-and-run collision not only causes immediate harm and distress but also sets in motion a complex legal and recovery process. Understanding this sequence of events and the avenues for recourse is crucial in navigating the aftermath effectively.

At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C., we understand the turmoil and confusion that follows such incidents. Our team is dedicated to guiding victims through these challenging times, offering comprehensive legal advice and support. By leveraging our extensive experience and resources, we aim to ensure that our clients receive the compensation and justice they rightfully deserve. 

The Investigation and Legal Process

The immediate aftermath of a hit-and-run incident is critical for gathering evidence and initiating a legal response. Law enforcement agencies typically spearhead the investigation, employing various techniques to identify and locate the responsible commercial vehicle and its driver. This may involve analyzing traffic camera footage, collecting eyewitness accounts, and tracing any vehicle debris left at the scene. Concurrently, victims should seek prompt medical attention for their injuries, as medical records play a vital role in substantiating claims for damages.

In parallel to the criminal investigation, victims have the option to pursue civil litigation to seek compensation for their losses. This legal process entails proving the negligence of the commercial truck driver and, potentially, the trucking company. Establishing negligence requires demonstrating that the driver or company failed to meet a reasonable standard of care, directly causing the accident and resulting injuries. This is where the skill of a legal team becomes indispensable, navigating the intricacies of personal injury law to build a compelling case.

Given the complexities of hit-and-run cases, especially those involving commercial vehicles, the role of dedicated legal counsel cannot be overstated. A skilled attorney will not only guide victims through the maze of legal procedures but also engage accident reconstruction experts and liaise with insurance companies. This holistic approach ensures that all avenues for compensation are explored, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Navigating Insurance and Compensation Challenges

One of the most daunting aspects of hit-and-run accidents is dealing with insurance companies. Victims may encounter challenges when filing claims, particularly if the at-fault commercial truck driver remains unidentified. In such scenarios, victims may need to rely on their own uninsured motorist coverage. Understanding the intricacies of insurance policies and the coverage available is critical, as is ensuring that claims are filed within the stipulated deadlines.

The negotiation process with insurance companies is often complex and fraught with potential pitfalls. Insurers may attempt to minimize payouts or dispute claims altogether. This underscores the importance of having a seasoned legal advocate who can negotiate effectively on your behalf, ensuring that you receive fair compensation for your losses. Legal representation is particularly valuable in navigating the gray areas of insurance claims and in advocating for the full extent of damages owed to the victim.

Moreover, when the responsible party is identified and their insurance company becomes involved, the legal dynamics shift significantly. Victims may be entitled to recover damages not only from the driver but also from the trucking company if it can be proven that they were negligent in their hiring, training, or supervision practices. Pursuing such claims requires a deep understanding of commercial trucking regulations and the ability to attribute liability accurately.

Why Choose Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C.?

Our firm stands out for its commitment to client-focused legal representation. With a talented team of attorneys, we are prepared to tackle the complexities of your hit-and-run case involving a commercial truck. We offer personalized attention, ensuring that every aspect of your case is handled with the diligence it deserves. Our goal is not just to secure compensation, but to provide peace of mind during a challenging time. Choosing Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C. means opting for a partner who will stand by your side throughout the legal process. 

Our approach is grounded in a deep understanding of the law and a commitment to advocating for the rights of our clients. We recognize the impact a hit-and-run accident can have on your life, and we are here to help restore your sense of justice and financial stability. For those facing the aftermath of a hit-and-run with a commercial truck, remember, you do not have to navigate this journey alone. Contact us at (215) 822-7575 or through our contact form to schedule a free consultation. Together, we can work toward securing the compensation and closure you deserve.

Legally reviewed by:
Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C.
Pennsylvania Attorney's
May 21, 2024
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