The drivers of tractor-trailers and other commercial trucks, as well as the companies that employ them, must take special measures to protect the general public. When they fail to do so, they can be held accountable for the injuries and fatalities that result from their negligence.

Truck accident lawyer John Q. Kelly, Esq. and our experienced legal team help clients pursue personal injuries and wrongful death claims against trucking companies. Our White Plains truck accident lawyers have the experience and commitment to obtain the results that our clients need and deserve when they are recovering from an accident.

Claims against trucking companies are unique in several ways. These include:

  • Many tractor-trailer trucks are covered by multiple insurance policies
  • Specific insurance provisions and exclusions may be complicated
  • The trucking industry is covered by unique federal and state safety laws and regulations
  • The trucking company immediately initiates its own investigation when one of its trucks are involved in an accident

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Since commercial semi-trucks and tractor trailers are so massive in size and weight, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has instituted strict regulations for these trucks and their drivers to make the roads we share with large trucks safer. These rules address the amount of hours a commercial vehicle can drive during a day and week, the maximum amount of weight a truck can carry in cargo, and the number of maintenance checks.

Unfortunately, many trucking companies do not follow these rules. Instead, they encourage their drivers to break the rules in order to meet deadlines faster and increase profits.

Common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Speeding
  • Driver fatigue due to driving more hours than federally mandated
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Improper or lack of vehicle maintenance
  • Defective truck components
  • Tire blowouts due to overloaded or unsecured cargo
  • Reckless driving
  • Poor weather conditions
  • Poor road conditions

Damages in a New York Truck Accident

Crashes involving trucks often cause more damage than accidents involving smaller vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), truck accident accidents cause more than 5,000 deaths and 130,000 injuries each year in the United States. Nearly 35 percent of those injuries are considered catastrophic.

If you have been in a collision with a large truck, you may be eligible to pursue compensation for any of the following damages:

  • Current and future medical expenses
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation costs
  • Property damage or loss
  • Lost wages from time off of work
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Home and vehicle modifications
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress

In the event you’ve lost a loved one in a crash involving a large truck, you may be entitled to any of the following damages in a wrongful death claim:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Medical bills from the injury which led to the person’s death
  • Pain and suffering of the deceased before they passed away
  • Loss of future income
  • Loss of future benefits
  • Loss of marital consortium
  • Loss of household services the deceased individual provided

Therefore pursuing an injury claim after a truck accident is more complicated than other motor vehicle incidents. Our attorneys understand the immediate steps that need to be taken to prove a claim for compensation, and our experienced legal team is prepared to take on powerful trucking insurance companies on behalf of our clients.

You only have one opportunity to obtain compensation for the serious harm that has been done to you or your loved ones as a result of a trucking accident. Our firm focuses on catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims so that we can devote our attention to maximizing the results we deliver to our clients. Contact us today to get started on your case.

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