New York City Truck Accident FAQ
Answers From Proven Truck Accident Lawyers in Brooklyn, the Bronx & Queens
Accidents involving commercial trucks and large tractor-trailers are among
the most devastating incidents on public roadways. As massive machines
loaded with tens of thousands of pounds of cargo, commercial vehicles
pose constant risks to other motorists,
pedestrians. Although truckers and trucking companies must comply with numerous safety
regulations designed to reduce these risks, any failures or acts of negligence
can quickly create disasters.
At Koenigsberg & Associates Law Offices, our New York City personal
injury lawyers have extensive experience protecting the rights of auto
accident victims across the region, and have seen the
catastrophic consequences of preventable
truck accidents caused by negligence and safety violations. Because these cases are high
stakes and complex, we wanted to provide a few answers to common questions
voiced by victims.
What causes truck accidents?
As extremely heavy vehicles that are slow to stop and difficult to maneuver,
trucks and tractor-trailers have many components and factors that can
lead to preventable wrecks. Truck driver negligence is one of the most
common causes, including driver distraction, drunk or drugged driving,
and other critical errors. Violations committed by truckers and trucking
companies are also seen as frequent causes of crashes that could and should
have been prevented. These include, among others,
and failures to abide by hours of service rules (which govern the amount
of time drivers can work),
failures to maintain vehicles
and retention of employees, and
improper cargo securement
Who is liable for a trucking accident?
Who can be held at fault for a trucking accident and liable for the damages
suffered by victims is a matter that varies from case to case. Depending
on the facts and circumstances in your wreck, there may be multiple parties
that can be held accountable for negligence that led to preventable injuries.
These parties may include negligent truckers and trucking companies that
employ those negligent drivers or commit violations of their own. In some
cases, third parties may be held liable if their negligence led or contributed
to a crash. These often include product manufacturers that produce defective
products and auto parts, such as faulty tires or brakes, and third-party
maintenance companies contracted by trucking companies that fail to properly
inspect and maintain vehicles.
How do I prove fault and liability?
Proving fault and liability is the focal point of any personal injury or
case, and it is not always an easy matter. This is especially true in
trucking wreck cases, where there may be a number of potential causes
and where powerful insurance companies and their commercial insurance
providers work aggressively to deny, dispute, and underpay victims’
claims. By working with a proven lawyer who has experience handling truck
accident cases, you can benefit from support and resources that can initiate
independent investigations and work with experts in order to clearly illustrate
how a defendant was negligent and how their negligence more likely than
not led to preventable injuries and damages.
What damages can I recover?
As victims of negligence, truck accident victims have the right to seek
a financial recovery of their damages, which can often be considerable when
are involved. These can include economic damages such as medical expenses
(both past and future), lost income or reduced earning potential, therapy,
and more. It can also include intangible non-economic damages like pain
and suffering, emotional anguish, loss of quality of life, and more. By
taking a full account of our clients’ damages, we work to secure
the maximum compensation possible.
Do I need a lawyer?
There is no legal requirement for you to have an attorney when pursuing
a personal injury or wrongful death case, but there is ample reason to
have one. First and foremost, having an experienced lawyer by your side
can ensure you have the counsel and guidance needed to navigate the process
while you focus on your physical recovery. It can also help you avoid
mistakes like communicating with insurers. Because trucking companies
and their insurance providers are more concerned with profits than people,
it is important to remember that compensation is never guaranteed. These
parties want to pay you as little as possible. A qualified lawyer can
level the playing field and fight for the compensation you deserve.
If you have additional questions about truck accidents or your right to
recover damages in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, do not
hesitate to reach out for help from our award-winning legal team.
Contact Koenigsberg & Associates Law Offices 24/7 for a FREE consultation
with a Brooklyn attorney.