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When an 80,000-pound tractor-trailer collides with a smaller vehicle weighing only a fraction of that amount, catastrophic injuries usually occur. If a loved one has been injured or killed in a tractor-trailer incident, talk to experienced lawyers who knows how to handle complex tractor trailer cases. Most trucking companies train their drivers in what to say and do if they’ve been involved in a truck collisions. Typically, the training offered is intended to protect the trucking company from unwanted liability. Consequently, a truck driver may try to shift blame to you or on to the other driver, in an attempt to color or influence the initial police report. Additionally, most tractor trailer incidents are the result of excessive speeding or driver fatigue. For example, a driver may be in violation of the amount of drive time allowed under federal law. He may then try and manipulate his driver’s log book or change the truth in other ways that hide the truth and create increased risk for all of us on the roadway.

In order to protect yourself and ensure negligent truck drivers are held accountable for their actions, schedule your free initial consultation with Stambaugh Law, P.C. and talk to Attorney Stambaugh.

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At Stambaugh Law P.C., you will have the personal attention of one attorney, from the first time you come to our office throughout the duration of your case. When you or a family member is suffering from a serious injury or have been killed in a fatal tractor trailer accident, you can count on Attorney Stambaugh to understand the seriousness of your situation and to do what is necessary to obtain the recovery you deserve in your insurance claim.

  • Understanding state and federal law: Both state and federal laws apply to tractor-trailer incidents. There are federal standards that regulate the trucking industry, as well as state laws regulating traffic in general. We know the regulations and take quick action to preserve evidence like federally-mandated driver logs and maintenance logs. Preserving this evidence is critical because we often find that drivers falsify their log books, in a direct violation of federal law, to avoid taking their required rest breaks and get to their destination faster. Regularly doing this is not only illegal, it leads to “tired trucker syndrome,” the effects of which can be devastating for other drivers on the road. Similarly, trucking companies may fail to maintain their tractors and/or trailers because a “rig not on the road is [one that is] not making money”. This type of individual and corporate callous disregard for the safety of others is at the heart of tractor trailer collisions.
  • Investigating the event: Because big rig incidents can be so complex, we have the ability to send an experienced investigator to the scene to gather evidence, take photographs and videotape, and reconstruct the event.
  • Investigating the evidence: As experienced tractor trailer incident lawyers, we will not accept log books or the maintenance logs at face value. We look at other available data to determine if the log books make sense, or are even possible. These other sources of data include trip sheets, bills of lading, toll receipts, fuel records, GPS data, etc. When the evidence shows that the log books were falsified and that the driver violated his or her in-service regulations with the result that the truck driver was suffering from tired trucker syndrome, we will seek punitive damages against the driver and the company. Tired trucker syndrome can be as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI), and it could even more dangerous under certain circumstances.
  • Determining liability: There can be multiple liable parties in a tractor trailer / big rig incident. When death or other serious injuries (spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, broken bones, joint injuries, etc.) that require long-term medical care and rehabilitative therapy hang in the balance, it is important to identify all possible sources of financial compensation. Holding the drivers and companies accountable who create these extraordinary risks on the roads in our community makes us all safer.

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At Stambaugh Law P.C., every tractor trailer injury client receives one-on-one, personal attention from Attorney Stambaugh. Our clients never have to worry about being passed off to someone else. Located at 2121 South Queen Street at the intersection of South Queen Street and I-83, Stambaugh Law P.C. offers ample, safe, free and on-site handicapped-accessible parking. Contact us for a free consultation to discuss your tractor trailer injury.