Brooklyn Truck Accident Lawyer
25+ Years' Experience & Millions of Dollars Recovered for Clients in the Bronx, Queens & All of NYC
Accidents involving large trucks are among the most serious and deadly in the United States. Our Brooklyn semi-truck accident lawyers at Koenigsberg & Associates Law Offices have a deep understanding of both federal and state commercial vehicle regulations gained from more than twenty years of experience protecting the rights of truck and van accident victims. We will fight tirelessly to win the maximum awards or settlements for victims of truck and commercial van accidents.
We handle truck accident cases involving:
If you have been injured in an accident involving a truck you are not alone. In 2008, more than 380,000 large trucks were involved in traffic accidents in the United States. Nearly 100,000 of these accidents resulted in injuries. Our attorneys are fierce advocates for those who have been injured in a truck or commercial van accident. Call (718) 690-3132 to get started.
Pursuing Maximum Damages for Injured Clients
It is essential that truck accident cases be handled promptly to preserve evidence, properly investigate the accident in question, and enable physicians and other expert witnesses to evaluate injuries thoroughly. We understand that your pain and suffering as a result of a truck or van accident is not to be underestimated.
One of the many notable settlements we have achieved is a $2.65 million award to a driver who sustained neck and back injuries when his car was struck by a truck, and a million-dollar settlement for a driver struck by a commercial van.
Our Brooklyn truck accident attorneys can pursue damages for the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical bills
- Lost wages and diminished future earning potential
- Physical and emotional injuries
- Vehicle repair and replacement
It’s crucial that you retain an experienced Brooklyn semi-truck injury attorney as soon after the accident as possible. Even as the victim is undergoing medical treatment in the hospital, important evidence may be lost or destroyed. Also, because of the limits imposed by statutes of limitations, it’s vital to act quickly to win a suitable award. We are known throughout New York for successfully pursuing maximum compensation for our clients’ injuries.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Trailers that aren’t loaded correctly can drastically increase the chance of a truck accident. Uneven weight distribution can increase the chance that the trailer will rollover or jackknife. Loading too much weight into a trailer can cause braking issues and may result in broken axles and tire blowouts. Unsecured cargo can become loose inside the trailer, causing weight distribution problems or potentially even causing cargo to fly out of the back of the trailer into oncoming traffic.
Overworked and tired truck drivers are also a common cause. Truckers have long hours but they also do have to follow federal regulations in an attempt to reduce the number of accidents caused by drowsy driving.
In addition to being tired, distracted truck drivers can also cause accidents. Distractions such as eating, texting or talking on the phone, and checking their GPS can all cause the driver to take their eyes off the road. Even a split second can make a difference with such a large vehicle.
Who should be held liable for a truck accident?
Unlike car accidents, where the liability is generally limited to the driver or the car manufacturer, truck crashes may be caused by a host of factors. This means many different parties may be held liable.
Who may be responsible for a commercial truck wreck?
- The truck driver
- The trucking company
- The cargo loader
- The truck manufacturer
- The truck maintenance company
A thorough investigation will need to be conducted in order to determine what caused the crash and who is responsible. The truck driver and trucking company must inspect all vehicles before departing, and abide by federal and state trucking laws. If they fail in this matter, you will be able to pursue justice through a lawsuit.
On the other hand, if a mechanical failure caused the accident, or the cargo was not loaded properly, you may be able to file a claim against the manufacturer or loading company. Some trucking companies also hire independent third parties to perform maintenance of the vehicles. If the investigation shows that the maintenance crew made a mistake or acted negligently and caused the accident, they may be held liable in court for your injuries and property damage.
What is the Average Settlement for Truck Accident Cases?
The injuries associated with trucking accidents are often catastrophic and require long-term medical care and assistance, which can add up to be a heavy financial burden. Because settlement amounts can vary depending on a wide range of factors, it’s difficult to estimate an exact amount for settlements. When determining a settlement amount, things such as the severity of the injury, pain and suffering, and medical expenses are taken into an account.
Koenigsberg & Associates Law Offices Is Ready to Help You
With trucks weighing up to 80,000 pounds, the damage to vehicles, property, and people can be catastrophic. Truck and van accidents not only result in physical injuries or death, but can also be the cause of lost wages, enormous medical bills, and significant emotional trauma.
This is why victims of truck accidents demand the attention of the Brooklyn truck accident lawyers at Koenigsberg & Associates Law Offices to champion their rights and help them obtain the maximum money awards or settlements they are entitled to.