New York City Truck Accident Lawyer

Over 500,000 truck accidents occur each year in the United States. Of these, over 5,000 result in death. Most of these deaths and injuries involve the driver or passengers of vehicles. Rarely does the truck driver suffer any injuries.

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Truck accidents are caused by any number of factors, including:

  • Unlicensed driver
  • Speeding
  • Disobeying Safety Procedure
  • Motor Vehicle Inspection Failure
  • Repair & Maintenance Failure
  • Failure to Yield The Right of Way
  • DUI / DWI
  • Driver Fatigue
  • Truck Overturns
  • Backing
  • Vehicle Collisions
  • Mechanical or Brake Failure
  • Tires Blow Up
  • Transporting Equipment with Trailers
  • Overloaded Trucks or Trailers
  • Loads That Shift Weight

If an accident does occur, you should make a note of everything you can, including the condition of the truck, the state of the truck driver and the amount of damage done, as these are all essential pieces of evidence. While there will most likely be a police report, it is important to also keep your own records. Do not hesitate to go to the hospital if you are injured, or even if you simply feel "shaken up" as some injuries do not show up until 12-24 hours after an accident. Hospital records are vital to prove injuries sustained from the accident. While a trucking company may refuse to pay your medical bills at first, your own insurance should cover the costs. Though you may wish to not involve your insurance in the medical claims process, most insurance policies require you to notify them if you are involved in a truck accident. Also, it will be in your best interest to not sign any medical release or authorization forms, and to not give a statement to the trucking company or any insurance company before contacting a trucking accident law firm.

Immediately after a truck accident, the trucking company's claims adjuster will begin to protect the interests of his company. An investigator will begin to collect evidence in order to defend or minimize the claim. The company may even try to steer you away from obtaining your own lawyer. The company takes immediate measures to make sure they are as protected from your claims as possible. It is essential that you also act to ensure that your interests are equally protected.

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There are often time limitations on how long pieces of evidence must be maintained after an accident. For example, federal regulations allow a truck driver's log to be destroyed after six months unless an attorney obtains a court order or takes other actions to prevent it. Time constraints also apply to how long a victim has before a claim can no longer be filed. An experienced trucking accident attorney will be very familiar with these time restrictions, and will make sure that all aspects of your claim are done in a timely manner.

Each accident is unique in its facts, and you need a knowledgeable truck attorney to handle the distinctive nature of truck accidents. For example, the weather condition, road condition, and background of the driver all play a part in resolving an accident. An experienced truck attorney will know what information to obtain and which laws to apply to insure that you receive appropriate representation. There are federal regulations, such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, that control the actions of trucking companies and their drivers. If there is a violation of these regulations, you are entitled to relief, and our firm will help you obtain it.

We have experience handling trucking accidents and strongly urge you to consult with an experienced Truck, or Tractor Trailer accident lawyer as soon as possible. Only a truck accident lawyer or tractor trailer accident lawyer can ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve in your case. Please call us at 800-481-3154 or 646-569-9663 and speak to us directly.

Have you been involved in a crash and seeking a New York Truck Accident Lawyer? Contact our New York Truck Accident Lawyer Today!