Truck accidents carry with them enormous force and the potential to cause serious injuries or deaths. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), one percent of fatalities on the roads of New York in 2018 involved large truck occupants. Given the immense weight of large trucks, accidents that do not involve fatalities have the potential to cause severe bodily injuries.
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In This Article
- Causes of Truck Accidents
- Your Glen Cove Truck Accident Lawyer Will Investigate Thoroughly
- Liability Options – Parties Beyond The Truck Driver May Be At Fault
- Wrongful Death Claims
- Settling or Going to Trial
- Call for a Free Consultation
Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents occur most often when a large truck driver does not see another vehicle. Additionally, large trucks may slip on wet ground or jackknife as an unstable load overtakes the truck. These accidents are traumatic for everyone, but you might be eligible for compensation due to the truck driver’s, their employer’s, or a rental company’s negligence.
Another common cause of trucking accidents is sleep deprived or drowsy drivers. Truck drivers must take breaks and time off-duty between their shifts according to the rules of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). However, some trucking companies might force their drivers to violate these rules. If FMCSA violations contributed to your accident, your lawyer’s investigation will seek to uncover these violations by the driver and their employer.
The trucking company might also have neglected its trucks, or a truck leasing company might have neglected vehicles it rented to another business. For example, a truck with bad tires might experience a blowout. Tire debris from blowouts could cause additional accidents.
In order to avoid potentially catastrophic collisions, truck drivers must be diligent about safety. For example, truck drivers must check for the proper operation of their vehicle’s signals. While driving, they must check for other vehicles before changing lanes. Drivers should not drive if they feel the vehicle is malfunctioning. If the driver pulls off the road, they must use their hazard lights and orange cones to alert other drivers to their presence. These are only a few of the many, both technical and common-sense steps to ensure safety that truck drivers must be sure to take.
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Your Glen Cove Truck Accident Lawyer Will Investigate Thoroughly
Of course, a proper investigation of your accident may begin with the police report from the scene. However, this only begins to scratch the surface of an appropriate investigation. Unfortunately, the police officer at the scene is not required to spend hours upon hours investigating the accident. Your lawyer will carefully review the accident up to and including an investigation of the truck, its parts, and the trucking company’s policies and procedures.
Our legal team will interview witnesses who saw the accident and review camera footage from the highway, if available. Additionally, logs from weigh stations may provide evidence to determine whether the truck was improperly loaded.
These examples of things that are investigated are offered by way of example only. Each case presents its own unique circumstances and twists and the investigation must be tailored accordingly.
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Liability Options – Parties Beyond The Truck Driver May Be At Fault
Large trucks are made from tens of thousands of parts. If you were involved in a truck accident, and the design or build of the truck itself was a contributing factor in the happening of the accident, the manufacturer of the truck or its parts could also be sued for injuries or losses that it caused. Additionally, if a poorly organized construction zone forced a truck driver to make erratic maneuvers, the construction company could also be liable. Once again, these examples are for illustration only. There may be many potentially liable parties beyond the truck driver. Your experienced, dedicated, caring Glen Cove truck accident lawyer will leave no stone unturned in finding every potentially liable party and then building the strongest possible case on your behalf.
Call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., at (516) 932-0400 for a free consultation. A skilled lawyer will patiently answer your questions, address your concerns, and discuss your options for compensation. Suing for Injuries or Losses
Suing for injuries or losses allows you to recover all your medical expenses, and income you might have lost. Your lawyer will also seek to recover monetary compensation for your non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.
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Wrongful Death Claims
If you lost a family member in a truck accident, please accept our most heartfelt condolences. We consider it a privilege and solemn duty to handle wrongful death claims with compassion for the family and relentless effort on behalf of the tragic victim. We are committed to winning the monetary compensation you need and the justice your departed loved one deserves.
A wrongful death action helps you recover medical expenses your loved one accumulated before their death, any burial expenses, and their lost income. These suits also allow a surviving spouse to claim damages for loss of consortium (essentially, loss of marital love, support, companionship, and intimacy) because the law recognizes the loss of a spouse as a unique form of injury.
Like all civil lawsuit causes of action, wrongful death cases have a time limit within which they must be commenced or the right to do so is lost. Although grief can make us want to put off uncomfortable tasks, if you lost a loved one in a Glen Cove truck accident, we urge you to call us today. We will be understanding, supportive, and kind. Our goal is to help you. The sooner you contact us, the greater our opportunity to build the strongest case possible on your behalf. However, we can only help you once you have reached out to us. We are here for you. We hope to hear from you.
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Settling or Going to Trial
Your Glen Cove truck accident lawyer will communicate with the trucking company, the driver’s lawyer, or lawyers representing other entities involved in the case. You do not need to speak to anyone, and you should not sign anything without your attorney present. Your accident lawyer will work with all opposing attorneys to negotiate a settlement on your behalf. If you accept, the case closes immediately.
However, if the negligent parties that caused your accident refuse to provide you with a settlement that accurately reflects your costs incurred, your lawyer may suggest that the case proceeds toward trial before a judge and jury. Our law firm has successfully settled and taken to trial, many cases for over twenty-five years. You can count on us to provide the representation that best positions you to win the best outcome, whether it is by settlement or verdict.
Call for a Free Consultation
Call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., at (516) 932-0400 for a free consultation with a Glen Cove truck accident lawyer. The truck driver, their employer, a truck manufacturer, construction company, or another driver might owe you compensation. Discuss your case with an attorney to determine the steps you should take.
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