If you suffered injuries in a collision with a dump truck and are struggling financially, we may be able to assist you. An experienced truck accident attorney can analyze the evidence and build a case against the responsible driver and other possible at-fault parties.
Our seasoned legal professionals have experience seeking monetary damages for those injured in dump truck accidents in Johnstown. We can help you navigate the complexities of the insurance claims and civil litigation process while you focus on your recovery.
Dump truck accidents in Johnstown can happen like any other accident involving large commercial vehicles such as tractor-trailers, garbage trucks, box trucks, or vehicles hauling flatbeds and equipment. These vehicles have larger blind spots and more weight, making them more susceptible to potential injuries.
Dump truck wrecks commonly occur when they are hauling rubble or any kind of substance, including rocks, coal, dirt, or salt. These vehicles carry cargo that must be properly secured and loaded, or else it can cause damage, impact other cars, or create hazards on the roadway. For instance, dump trucks can lose cargo while traveling at high speeds or up a steep incline.
The dump truck driver and his or her employer could be liable under the theory of vicarious liability if the driver was operating within the course and scope of his or her employment. If an out-of-state vehicle is involved, most claims arising from a dump truck accident in Johnstown can be filed in state or federal court in Pennsylvania.
There are three federal courts in Pennsylvania divided into the Western, Middle, and Eastern District Courts. If the parties involved in a dump truck crash are from different states and there is more than $75,000 at stake in the case, a claim could be filed in federal court on the basis of diversity jurisdiction. However, all defendants must be citizens of a different state than the plaintiff for this to apply. For example, if there is a Pennsylvania plaintiff and an Ohio defendant, the case could be brought in federal court. But if there is a Pennsylvania resident on both sides of the case, there would be no diversity jurisdiction and the case would need to be filed in the Court of Common Pleas.
All injured parties may be eligible for compensation for his or her damages following dump truck accidents in Johnstown. Our team at Marcus & Mack can help you investigate the cause of your specific accident, determine who may be held responsible, and whether negligence played a role.
Call today to speak with one of our knowledgeable attorneys about your case.