Commercial vehicles, from mid-sized delivery trucks to enormous 18-wheelers, present quite a formidable presence on New York’s roadways. The sheer size and weight of these vehicles makes nearly any collision a serious one, particularly if a motorcyclist, cyclist, or pedestrian is involved. A typical sedan or even an SUV may be literally crushed by a big rig or have its roof sheared off by a tractor-trailer.
If you have been seriously injured in a collision with a commercial truck, do not wait to talk to a NYC truck accident attorney at Silbowitz, Garafola, Silbowitz, Schatz & Frederick, L.L.P. The trucking company’s insurance company is already working to counteract your claim. Make sure you have a competent legal professional to protect your interests and your right to recover complete compensation.
For more information about what to do after a truck accident, call (646) 681-7055. We can talk to you about your unique case and how we can help. This consultation is free and confidential!
No-Fault Insurance vs. Personal Injury Lawsuits for NYC Truck Accidents
New York implements a no-fault policy when it comes to traffic accidents, and this includes truck accidents. This essentially means that your own insurance policy will cover any injuries you sustain in a truck accident, regardless of fault. The problem with this is that no-fault insurance rarely covers the full losses caused by a truck accident, and even your own insurance provider may try to undervalue your claim.
If you are seriously injured, you can file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party to seek additional compensation. Generally speaking, this means you must have experienced an injury that has resulted in a disability or disfigurement of some kind. With truck accidents, such catastrophic injuries are very likely.
Our New York City truck accident lawyers have extensive experience with personal injury cases against:
- Truck operators
- Truck owners or lessees
- Trucking companies
- Loading companies
- Truck manufacturers
- Other motorists
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck drivers have a high standard of care to safely operate their vehicles. They are required to follow the federal trucking regulations and the rules of the road in every state. Unfortunately, many trucking companies and truckers avoid the laws to meet strict deadlines and protect their bottom line.
The most common causes of truck accidents include:
- Truck driver negligence
- Drunk or drugged driving
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Defective auto part
- Overweight trailers
- Unsafe or unsecured cargo
- Lack of proper maintenance
Many trucking companies pressure their drivers to work long hours without rest or ignore mandatory maintenance and inspection. Furthermore, the shipping company may fail to secure the cargo properly or exceed the weight limit, which can make maneuvering the truck vehicle quite challenging. Because there is often more than one party at fault in trucking accidents, our legal team can determine who is liable for your injuries and hold each of them accountable for their negligent actions.
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Our firm will not treat you like just another case number. Instead, we provide each of our clients with compassionate and personalized legal solutions that are specifically designed to address unique circumstances. We understand how devastating the injury can be for the victim and their family, which is why we will do whatever it takes to get the best possible results.
For more information about truck accidents in New York, contact us and discuss your case with Silbowitz, Garafola, Silbowitz, Schatz & Frederick, LLP today.