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, motorcyclists, and 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 Brooklyn 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, driver fatigue and failures to abide by hours of service rules (which govern the amount of time drivers can work), failures to maintain vehicles, negligent hiring 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 wrongful death 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 catastrophic injuries 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.