Bronx Truck Accident
Our demand for quick and easy access to goods has helped the trucking industry thrive, and statistics show that in 2009 the industry enjoyed profits of nearly $600 billion. As demand increases, profits are expected to double in less than 10 years. This doubling will come as a result of more trucks transporting more goods. With the increase in tractor-trailers, there is a likely increase in the occurrence of truck accidents. Whether the accident was a car accident, truck accident, or SUV accident, proving negligence in an auto accident frequently boils down to showing that a driver violated a New York traffic law. In instances where the negligent party was driving a commercial truck the rules are the same. If the driver of the truck violated a law related to operating the truck and as a result caused an accident, then the truck driver or the driver's employer would be liable. However, a lawsuit against a truck driver or a truck company can be very different from a lawsuit against the driver of a car as the laws that apply to the trucking industry are different. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, it is important that you immediately contact a Bronx truck accident lawyer as you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.Common causes of truck accidents
Truck accidents often occur for the same reasons at car, SUV, minivan, and motorcycle accidents occur.
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Texting while driving
- Running red lights and stop signs
- Illegal lane changes
- Breaking other general traffic laws
Truck accidents also occur when truck drivers fail to abide by special regulations that apply to the trucking industry such as:
- Failing to properly secure the load
- Failing to follow hours and service rules
- Truck being overweight
Victims of truck accidents can suffer catastrophic injuries. This is due in part to the massive size of trucks compared to sedans and SUVs. For example, John Smith's sedan was rear-ended by a truck driven by Bob E. Jones. Jones was texting while driving and did not notice that traffic had slowed ahead of him. As a result of the accident, Smith suffered serious injuries including a broken leg and a brain injury. While his leg healed after a couple of months, Smith still suffered symptoms from the brain injury over a year following the accident. Because of this Smith was not able to hold onto a job. Victims such as John Smith have the right to sue the person whose negligence caused the accidents.
If you were injured in a truck accident that as caused because another person was negligent, you have to right to demand compensation from that person for your losses such as your past and future medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, loss of future earning capacity, pain and suffering and loss of consortium. If a family member was killed in a truck accident, that person's personal representative has the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit in order to seek compensation..Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates
If you were a victim of a truck accident it is important to immediately contact an experienced truck accident attorney. The rules that apply to trucks are complicated and distinguishable from the rules that apply to cars. Thus, it is critical that the lawyer representing you is familiar with the nuances of the laws that apply to truck accidents to ensure that your case receives the best possible outcome. Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis and Associates to discuss the details of your case. Our staff is experienced in handling claims resulting from a truck accident, as well as a SUV accident, car accident, or motorcycle accident. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.