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Queens Truck Accident

Large commercial trucks are essential to the economy. They move consumer goods from place to place, are used to move heavy equipment in construction, and are used in one way or another in most industries. While large trucks such as 18-wheelers are vital, when traveling on the roads they also present dangers. Each day across the country large commercial vehicles are involved in accidents with other trucks are cars that often leave victims with serious injuries. Because of the size and weight of trucks and because they often travel at high speeds, when a truck sideswipes a car or rear- ends a car, the occupants of the car may suffer such serious injuries as broken bones, head injuries, back injuries, neck injuries. As a result victims must endure painful treatments, extended recovery times and significant medical bills. The law recognizes that it is unfair that victims of accidents that are caused by others should not have to shoulder the financial burden. In fact, under New York law victims of reckless driving accidents have the right to demand financial compensation from the person whose negligence caused the accident. If you are in need of an attorney because you or a family member were seriously injury as the result of an accident with a big truck or other commercial vehicle, contact an experienced Queens truck accident Lawyer who will make sure that the responsible party is held accountable and ensure that you receive the maximum compensation to which you are legally entitled based on the facts of your case.

Truck safety laws

Whether an auto accident is caused by a negligent car driver or negligent truck driver, the vast majority of vehicle accidents are caused because a motorist failed to follow a traffic law. For example, common causes of auto accidents include failing to stop at red lights or stop signs, speeding, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and distracted driving. When a driver is at the wheel of a massive truck such as a tractor-trailer and drives recklessly, it is more likely that any resulting accident has tragic consequences.

In addition, truck accidents are sometimes caused because truck drivers fail to follow commercial truck safety laws. Federal and state law require that drivers of commercial vehicles receive special training and pass a test in order to get a commercial truck license. This means that not only must truck drivers follow the same rules of the road that all drivers must follow, they also most understand how to drive a commercial truck, how to load it, and how to maintain them.

Furthermore, a significant problem in the trucking industry is drowsy driving. Even though there are rules regarding the number of hours that a driver can drive before being required to rest, there are economic incentives for owners of trucking companies and truck drivers to fudge records so that drivers exceed their driving limits.

Pursuing a claim

Injuries from truck accidents are often serious. This is because of the size and weight of trucks, coupled with the speed at which they usually travel. Serious injuries such as internal bleeding, broken bones, spinal cord injuries and brain injuries usually mean extended, expensive treatment. While receiving such treatment the victim may not be able to work. Substantial medical bills coupled with the inability to work may mean that the victim and his or her family will face a financial crisis. It is unfair that the victim should have to suffer financially when the accident was caused because another person was negligent. To mitigate the financial losses that victims suffer, the law allows victims to file claims against those whose negligence caused the victims to suffer physically and financially.

Through a personal injury lawsuit you can demand payment of compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and pain and suffering. If a loved one was killed in the accident you may be able to pursue damages through a wrongful death lawsuit.

If the accident occurred while you were working, then you may be eligible to receive worker's compensation benefits that include medical benefits as well as compensation for lost income.

Regardless of whether your case involves filing a personal injury lawsuit, filing a workers' compensation claim, or a combination of both, there are strict time limits for submitting your claim. If you fail to file your claim within the required timeframe, you may be barred from ever recovering compensation.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

Whether you are involved in a truck accident, car accident, or motorcycle accident, the insurance company representing the negligent party will be quick to offer you a settlement. The settlement will most likely not be in your best interest. To ensure that your legal rights are protected contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & 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. Call us now at 800.696.9529 for a free consultation about 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.

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