Levittown 18-Wheeler Lawyer
An accident with an 18-wheeler truck generates serious physical injuries—possibly even causing death. Victims of such an accident should not have to bear the associated losses, such as medical costs, lost wages, and other types of damages, when another party’s negligence caused the accident. These losses should fall upon the liable party.
A Levittown 18-wheeler lawyer from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will work to recover compensation on your behalf when we represent you. The attorneys at our firm are passionate advocates for the injured. We will investigate your accident, calculate your losses, file a claim, negotiate with insurers, and take your case to trial, if necessary, in an effort to recover compensation.
Call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. today at (516) 932-0400 for a free consultation on your case. We can meet with you anywhere on Long Island or in New York City.
Types of Injuries Caused by 18-Wheeler Accidents
The structure and safety-design features of a passenger vehicle are no match for the impact of an 18-wheeler truck. Victims from these collisions frequently emerge from these accidents with serious injuries, such as:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Broken bones
- Toxic inhalation
- Internal injuries
- Internal bleeding
These injuries cost victims in many ways. Victims should not be forced to strain under the weight of medical treatment costs and missed days at work during recovery.
Injuries—both physical and psychological—also prevent some victims from ever returning to their jobs or seeking the kind of job they once had the potential to enjoy. You have the potential to recover all of these losses in a personal injury claim against the party who caused the accident when you work with Friedman & Simon, L.L.P.
Tragically, some 18-wheeler accidents are fatal to the victims. Surviving family members of loved ones killed by another driver’s negligence are able to pursue a wrongful death action against the at-fault party. If you have lost a loved one in an 18-wheeler accident, we extend our heartfelt condolences to you. Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will help your family pursue losses in a wrongful death lawsuit while your family takes time to grieve. We are determined to win the compensation you need and the justice your loved one deserves.
Working with a Lawyer on Your Case
When a Levittown 18-wheeler lawyer from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. represents you, we will:
- Keep you updated on your case
- Identify the liable parties
- Communicate with all parties for you
- Gather evidence in your defense, including, as may be needed, testimony from medical experts, vocational rehabilitation specialists, life care planners, and economists
- Determine a value for your case
Once our investigation is complete, we will present the responsible party’s insurance company with evidence of your losses. If they are not willing to make you a fair settlement offer, we can take your case to trial and present your claims to a judge and jury. We will also handle all legal deadlines and paperwork in your case while you concentrate on your recovery.
For a free consultation on your case, call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. today at (516) 932-0400.
Common Causes of 18-Wheeler Accidents
The possible causes of 18-wheeler accidents are diverse, and there are many ways that a negligent party is liable for the losses that victims suffer in these events. They include:
Operator negligence is a common cause of 18-wheeler accidents. This negligence includes driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. Driving while conversing, texting, or simply not paying attention are additional common negligent behaviors. Operators who make poor decisions or violate traffic laws, such as a failure to maintain a safe gap distance with other vehicles, performing illegal maneuvers, failing to yield, and more can be held legally and financially responsible for the harm they caused. If a truck driver’s negligence causes your accident for any reason, we are determined to hold them liable for your injuries.
Trucking Company Negligence
A trucking company has certain responsibilities to ensure their drivers operate safely. These responsibilities include hiring procedures and limiting the number of consecutive hours a driver operates his truck, per the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). If the company pressures the driver to work beyond the FMCSA’s limits, and it results in a crash, the trucking company can be held liable.
Mechanic or Component Manufacturer Negligence
There are times when a mechanical failure on an 18-wheeler prompts an accident. In these cases, the maintenance service provider or the carrier is responsible for the collision if the truck was not recently or appropriately serviced. Additionally, if a faulty or defective component of the vehicle caused the accident, such as the brakes, tires, or steering wheel, a component or truck manufacturer can be held liable for injuries resulting from the accident.
Other Party Negligence
Just like with any other driver, debris on the road, objects that obstruct visibility, and poorly maintained or lighted roads also cause operators of 18-wheelers to lose control of their vehicle. When it comes to roadway maintenance, a municipality may bear the liability for such a collision. Debris on the road coming from a nearby construction site may make a contractor or party associated with that job responsible for your losses.
Whatever caused your truck accident, a Levittown 18-wheeler lawyer from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will identify the liable party or parties. We are prepared to take legal action against anyone and everyone that contributed to the happening of the accident that caused your injuries, as well as persons who may have legal liability even if they did not contribute to the happening of the accident. For example, the owner of a vehicle who was not driving can still be held responsible for the harm caused by his/her vehicle that was driven with the owner’s consent.
We are ready to prosecute a claim against the individual truck driver, a trucking corporation, or a government entity responsible for keeping the roads safe.
Call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. Today
A Levittown 18-wheeler lawyer from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will help you pursue losses for your past and future medical expenses, lost income, and more when we represent you. Please do not hesitate to contact us, though, as the statute of limitations under New York Civil Practice Law & Rules § 214 can limit your time to act. Other deadlines apply as well, and there are also practical considerations, such as the potentially limited time-availability of evidence such as video or eyewitness accounts, that make a prompt consultation with a lawyer the smartest course of action. Simply stated, the sooner you contact us, the greater our opportunity to build the strongest case possible on your behalf.
Call us today at (516) 932-0400 for a free consultation. We work on a contingency-fee-basis.