What if I'm struck by a government or commercial vehicle?

semi_on_streetThere were 4,438 pedestrian accidents in Pennsylvania in 2016, resulting in 4,218 injuries and 172 fatalities, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

While most of those accidents involved regular passenger vehicles, some involve government or commercial vehicles. This complicates a victim's ability to collect compensation for recovery.

Pedestrians fortunate enough to survive being struck by a government vehicle or commercial truck often require extensive medical care and rehabilitation, and costs for these services add up quickly.

When a government or commercial driver's negligence causes a pedestrian accident resulting in serious injury, the injured pedestrian may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, damaged property, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

However, that's not to say that bringing a personal injury claim or lawsuit against a government agency or commercial driver is without its challenges. For example, before filing a personal injury lawsuit against a government agency for injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident, the injured pedestrian is required to notify the appropriate agency within six months of the incident in question and provide specific information.

In pedestrian accident cases involving commercial vehicles, such as semi-trucks, tankers, and buses, the challenges involve the severity of the injuries, and the rigors and resources of a corporate defense. Additionally, commercial truck drivers are subject to a number of state and federal regulations that don't apply to the average motorist. Proper evidence vital to the case—such as log books, driver qualification files, and vehicle inspection and maintenance records—needs to be obtained quickly before it's recorded over or otherwise destroyed.

Consult a Knowledgeable Pedestrian Accident Attorney

If you were injured in a pedestrian accident caused by a negligent government or commercial driver, the experienced pedestrian accident attorneys with the Accident and Injury Law Group can help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact our firm today to schedule an appointment for a free initial review of your case.


Pellegrino Certa
Pittsburgh Personal Injury and Car Accident Attorney