Manhattan Truck Accident

Each day there are thousands of different kinds of trucks traveling on our roads. Many of these trucks, such as tractor-trailer, semi-truck, dump truck, 18-wheelers and other large commercial vehicles present an increased risk of serious injury during an auto accident. In fact, in the United States, a person sustains either a traumatic injury or fatal injury every 16 minutes as the result of a big rig accident. While the trucking industry is vital to our economy with $600 billion in revenue, the industry presents an increased risk for serious auto accidents. A car accident involving an 18-wheeler or other big truck can result in serious injury for the people in the car. In fact, when a death results from a truck accident, 98% of the fatalities affect people in passenger cars. If you or a family member suffered a serious injury as the result of an accident with a big truck or other commercial vehicle, contact an experienced Manhattan Truck Accident Lawyer who will review the events that lead to your injuries and help you receive the compensation to which you are legally entitled.

Truck safe laws

Of course truck drivers must follow the same basic rules of the road as cars, such as stopping at red lights and obeying posted speed limits. However, the trucking industry is subject to additional rules both on the federal and state levels that effect the licensing of truck drivers, the insurance trucking companies must carry, and the operation and maintenance of the trucks.

In order to qualify for a license to drive a commercial truck, drivers must attend special classes on how to operate a truck safely. 49 CFR §380. Thus, if you are injured in an accident where the truck driver did not receive the proper training or did not have the required license, then the truck driver will be liable for your injuries. If the trucking company that employed the driver knew that the driver was not properly trained or failed to make sure that the driver had the proper training and credentials, then it was negligent as well. In addition, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued regulations requiring routine alcohol and drug testing for truck drivers, the proper transportation of hazardous materials, compliance with hours of service rules, maintaining log books, and truck maintenance. If a truck driver or his or her employer violates any of the FMCSA's rules resulting in an accident, then negligence can be fairly easily established, strengthening a victim's personal injury lawsuit against the truck driver and the trucking company.

Pursuing a claim

Truck accidents can be devastating to a victim and his or her entire family. Because of the massive size of trucks even low impact, low speed accidents can have catastrophic results. Common types of truck accidents occur when a truck that has a trailer jack-knifes, causing the trailer to swing out to form a 90-degree angle. The trailer collides with other vehicles, sometimes causing multi-vehicle pile-ups leaving many injured. Truck accidents also occur when a truck's load was not properly secured. If a load is not properly secured it could shift or fall causing an accident. Tire blow-outs on a truck driving at a high speed can cause the truck driver to lose control of the vehicle and end up in an accident.

Truck accidents can leave to devastating injuries such as a spinal cord injury, broken bones, back injury, amputation, paralysis, and all too often, death. Through a personal injury lawsuit, New York law allows you to hold the negligent party responsible for the losses you suffered. The compensation that you may be entitled to receive includes past and future medical expenses, lost income and loss of future earnings capacity, and pain and suffering. In addition, if a family member was killed in a truck accident, you may be able to pursue damages in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Manhattan Truck Accident Lawyer

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 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 1-800-NY-NY-LAW (1-800-696-9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We serve those injured in accidents in the following locations:

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