If you sustained injuries in a truck accident that was not your fault, you deserve compensation.
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We Accept All Types of New York Truck Accident Cases
Injuries sustained in a truck accident may require extensive medical treatment and prevent you from going back to work. As you face potentially astronomical medical bills and living expenses that will not stop because you were injured, we are here to help you. We will fight to recover the maximum dollar amount of compensation you deserve.
The personal injury lawyers at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. handle all types of New York truck accident cases, including those caused by:
Most common types of truck accidents in New York:
- Driver impairment
- Driver fatigue
- Driver distraction
- Excessive speed
- Aggressive driving
- Insufficient driver training
- Improper equipment repairs
- Inadequate truck maintenance
- Improperly loaded trailer
- Overloaded trailer
- Violation of transportation laws
To protect other motorists and the public, commercial trucking enterprises must adhere to all transportation laws and governing safety standards. They must service and maintain their equipment and train drivers appropriately. If the trucking company, driver, or a related party fails to uphold their duty and that failure is the cause of an accidental injury, they become liable for resulting damages. We will fight to hold them legally and financially responsible for the harm they have caused.
The New York truck accident lawyers at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. investigate your accident to identify the parties whose actions were either the sole cause or contributed to the happening of the accident. Our legal team will document your damages and fight to recover the maximum compensation for your injuries.
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Proving Fault & Liability for Your Truck Accident Case
We begin by investigating your case to identify the parties responsible for your truck accident and injuries. One or more of the following entities may have caused or contributed to your accident:
- Truck driver
- Tractor owner
- Trailer owner
- Trucking company
- Freight shipper or broker
- Truck manufacturer
- Service/maintenance provider
We obtain evidence to support fault and demonstrate the facts necessary to prove liability, which are:
- The at-fault party had an obligation to protect you from harm.
- The at-fault party failed to uphold their obligation due to reckless, negligent, or careless actions.
- The at-fault party’s negligence caused your accident and injuries
- You suffered damages, such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
We support our findings of fault and liability using evidence that may include:
- Police accident reports
- Photographic and video evidence
- Witness statements
- Driver logs
- Safety records
- Maintenance records
- Inspection reports
- Onboard vehicle data
We further support your case using the opinions of qualified safety specialists and other experts.
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Identifying Recoverable Damages in Your Truck Accident Case
After a truck accident, you may be entitled to recover economic and noneconomic damages from the at-fault party. Our legal team will identify your damages and obtain documentation and evidence to support each one.
You may qualify to recover compensation for any of the following types of damages:
- Medical treatment and care
- Lost wages and benefits
- Property damage
- Direct expense
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Estimated cost of future medical treatment and care
- Estimated value of future income and benefit losses
- Diminished earning capacity
- Diminished life enjoyment
Finally, our accident lawyers will include the value of any permanent injury or disability you sustained.
We support our valuation of your damages with evidence that may include medical bills, wage statements, receipts, and opinions or testimony from economic and medical experts.
If your loved one died from injuries sustained in a truck accident, Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. is ready to prosecute a wrongful death claim on your behalf. Call us today at 516-932-0400.
How a New York Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help Your Case
The New York truck accident attorneys at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. tailor our services to meet your needs. Since 1991, we have been a compassionate advocate for the injured. We understand the challenges you face, and we work tirelessly to obtain the best possible outcome for you.
Our comprehensive legal services include:
Providing Case Updates
We remain available to you throughout the legal process. We provide updates on your case and advise you of important developments as they occur. We answer your questions and navigate this complex area of the law on your behalf.
Establishing Fault & Liability
The Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. legal team analyzes the circumstances of your accident to identify all parties who caused or whose negligence contributed to the cause of your injuries. This allows us to pursue justice for you and to recover the maximum amount of money compensation that you deserve.
Managing All Aspects of Your Case
We communicate with all parties on your behalf and handle every detail of your truck accident case. This ensures that you can focus on your health, your medical treatment and on recovering from your injuries.
Investigating & Documenting Your Case
Our legal team investigates your accident and obtains the evidence necessary to build a persuasive case on your behalf. In addition to obtaining documentation, we obtain opinions and testimony from subject matter experts to provide support for your claim.
Calculating Your Damages
To ensure that we pursue the maximum possible compensation for your truck accident and injury, we identify and document all physical, emotional, and economic damages related to your case.
You have a limited time to file a legal action and take other critical steps to protect your rights after a New York truck accident. (For example, filing an application for No-Fault Benefit within 30 days or filing a Notice of Claim within 90 days if a municipality is involved). If you fail to file within New York’s statute of limitations or act within other applicable periods of time restriction, you may lose the opportunity to recover the full extent of compensation that you are entitled to. Contact Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. today to protect your right to recover the maximum amount of compensation.
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To help you explore your options for pursuing legal action for a New York truck accident, Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. offers a no-cost, no-obligation legal consultation. We never collect a fee unless and until we recover compensation for your injuries and other damages.
Our compassionate, professional legal team can assist you in several languages, including English, Greek, Spanish, Bengali, Tamil, and Kannada.
Call 516-932-0400 now for a free case evaluation. We look forward to meeting you and seeing how our truck accident lawyers in New York can help you recover the compensation you deserve.
New York Truck Accidents News
Officer Dies In Garbage Truck Crash
Officer Dies In Garbage Truck Crash
ABC 7 New York reports on a fatal crash involving an off-duty NYPD officer and a city garbage truck.
A horrific accident claimed the life of an off-duty New York Police Department officer early on the morning of Wednesday, January 16, 2019. 28-year-old Brian Kessler, who was assigned to Police Service #8 of the housing bureau, was fatally injured in a head-on collision with a garbage truck.
Kessler was heading home after working the overnight shift when the accident occurred on Shore Road at 8:20 a.m. Kessler collided head-on with a City Parks Department garbage truck. The driver of the garbage truck remained at the scene and suffered from minor injuries.
Kessler was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He had graduated from the Police Academy last October and had been assigned to PSA 8 for three months. He had recently become engaged.
Authorities are still investigating the accident, but it is believed that icy roads were a factor.
Ice presents a treacherous hazard on roadways. When ice is involved, it’s best to try and stay off the roads, but that is not always an option. If you must drive on ice, it is important to reduce your speed. Even at speeds as low as 10 mph, you can lose traction and lose control of your vehicle on an icy road. If you have to apply your brakes, do so slowly. If you begin fishtailing or sliding, one common mistake is to jerk the steering wheel in the opposite direction. This is the absolute wrong thing to do. Always turn into a slide. Try and plan a route that avoids inclines as much as possible. Following these tips can help to keep you safe if you absolutely have to drive on icy roads.
Snowmobile Deaths On The Rise
Snowmobiling is a popular recreational activity during the winter in New York. While most of the time, these are safe vehicles to operate and ride, accidents do occur. During the 2016-17 season, there were 183 snowmobile accidents in New York. Of those, 20 were fatal, resulting in 24 deaths. This is an increase over 2015-16, but this may be attributable to more favorable conditions during the previous season, leading to more snowmobile registrations. One thing that can help to prevent accidents is taking a safety course, as New York Upstate reports.
The New York State Parks Department touts itself as a leader in snowmobile safety education. Unfortunately, the statistics don’t agree.
Fewer people are taking the time to take safety courses. 2005-2006 numbers were approximately 6,500. For the 2017-2018 season, those numbers fell to about 2,000.
This winter, New York also led the country with the most snowmobile fatalities, putting it ahead of both Michigan and Wisconsin. Both states have more registered snowmobilers than New York.
A safety course is not required to enjoy the recreational activity of snowmobiling. New York only requires those aged 10-17 to take a free safety course taught by volunteers. Adult snowmobilers, however, do not have to take the course. 75% of the 2,000 people who took the course last year were minors.
All of the victims in the 21 fatalities were adults aged 18 or older and they were all New Yorkers.
Tractor Trailer Ignores ‘Move Over” Law, Hits And Kills Department Of Transportation Employee
New York has what is called a “move over” law. The law requires vehicles to move over and slow down for emergency vehicles (such as police vehicles, fire vehicles, and ambulances), any vehicle displaying amber lights (like tow trucks), and Construction crews, roadway maintenance crews, and sanitation vehicles have been included. Drivers who fail to abide by this law may be fined.
The Press Connects reports on a Department Of Transportation employee who was killed in a crash involving a tractor-trailer.
45-year-old Dennis Matthew Howe died Monday night after a March 13th crash involving a tractor-trailer.
Howe had been in a DOT vehicle at a construction zone between Exit 63 to Lounsbury and Exit 62 to Nichols on the Route 17 West in Tioga County. A tractor-trailer struck the vehicle while passing by the work zone. The driver of the tractor-trailer, who was identified as 37-year-old Lawrence E. Faucett was given a citation by deputies after an investigation. Faucett was ticketed for moving from a lane unsafely and failure to exercise due care, a violation of New York’s “Move Over Law.”
In remembrance of Howe, on Tuesday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo ordered that flags on all New York State government buildings be flown at half-mast.
Howe had worked in the DOT’s Binghamton-area region since 2006.
Teen On E-Scooter Killed By Pickup Truck
ABC 7 New York reports that a teen riding an e-scooter was fatally struck by a truck in New Jersey. The accident occurred on Wednesday night at about 8 p.m. at the corner of Elizabeth Avenue and Spring Street in downtown Elizabeth, New Jersey.
According to authorities, 16-year-old Nelson Miranda Gomez is the first fatality in the city’s newly created scooter share program. Gomez was operating a Lime scooter when a large tow truck struck him. He was rushed to a local hospital, where staff pronounced the teenager deceased. The driver of the truck remained on the scene. The accident is being investigated by the Elizabeth Police Department, but no charges have been filed.
The city just launched the scooter program at the beginning of November. They will have police officers patrolling on the scooters. The city will receive $0.10 per ride which will offset the cost of enforcement. Lime’s user agreement prohibits those operating the scooters from being under the age of 18.
An investigation by Consumer Reports indicated that over the past year, there have been 1,545 accidents involving electric scooters. Companies like Bird, Lime, Uber, and Lyft have ventured into the business of renting out electric scooters. The cost is generally $1.00 to start the scooter and then $0.20 per minute thereafter. A large concern with the proliferation of the scooter rental companies has been safety. All rental companies advise that their riders wear helmets, but they must provide the helmets themselves. There is currently no database of statistics involving e-scooter accidents. Numbers have been generated through requests for information to medical facilities.
Trucks And SUVs Pointed As Causes Of Traffic Injury Incidents
Pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities are up across the United States as well as in New York. Last year, bicyclist fatalities more than doubled in the city alone. While there may be many reasons for this increase, analysts are pointing to a few primary contributing factors.
One of these factors is the rise in the number of people choosing to bike or walk as a part of their daily lives. Another factor is the increase in distracted drivers and even distracted walkers. However, there is another yet another reason that is the main contributor to the rise in the number of accidents. The NYC Streetsblog reports that this reason is the rise in the number of SUVs and trucks being driven.
In an analysis that compiled crash statistics comparing the first three years of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s six-year tenure with the first three, the results showed that the best way to make Vision Zero a success would be to limit the size and scope of SUVs and light trucks on city streets.
The website Crashmapper.org shows a flat number of fatalities but an increase in injuries. They have gone further now to include the types of vehicles involved in crashes and displays the data in pie charts.
The Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg told media in December that the popularity of SUVs and trucks are contributing to the number of roadway fatalities in New York and nationally.
Trucks Ignore Weather Ban, Cause 19 Car Pileup
Inclement weather can cause even the best of drivers to have a bad day and crash. The recent snowstorm that struck the northeast prompted officials in New York to temporarily ban tractor-trailers from a section of the Thruway. The ban was put into effect because the of the hazardous road conditions expected to be caused by the storm. Agencies used text on electronic message boards and social media. Despite the ban, two tractor-trailers used the Thruway during the time period, and caused a 19-car pileup, as the Democrat and Chronicle reports.
Governor Andrew Cuomo issued the ban on tractor-trailers and buses, which was effective at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29th, and covered the area between exit 46 and the Pennsylvania line. The ban was placed into effect due to the snowstorm in the area.
Despite the ban, two tractor-trailers entered the Thruway at an unknown location on Wednesday, January 30th. One of those tractor-trailers lost control and jack-knifed, striking state Trooper Dominique Wilson’s squad car, pushing it into the roadway. The squad car was then struck by a second tractor-trailer and the pileup then ensued.
Wilson, along with two other motorists, received non-life-threatening injuries in the accident.
Both of the truck drivers are facing multiple traffic violations. One of those violations is driving on the Thruway during a ban on tractor-trailer and bus travel. According to the governor’s office, truck and bus drivers who violate the ban may receive a fine of up to $450 as well as two points on their driver’s license.
Governor Andrew Cuomo said that criminal charges against the drivers may happen, but police indicated that the investigation had concluded with no charges.
Virtual Pipeline Truck Crashes, Driver Killed, Methane Gas Leaked
In rural areas, getting natural gas often requires that trucks carrying the gas ship it there. This is because in some rural areas, there are no natural gas pipelines to carry the gas to their location. The trucks that carry the gas are often called “virtual pipeline” trucks. They contain specially designed cylinders that carry compressed natural gas. Many of these trucks have been involved in recent crashes that have ruptured the cylinders, causing the gases to leak. A whistleblower is saying that the cylinders are made from materials that are not authorized for holding compressed natural gas, such as carbon fiber.
The DeSmog Blog reports that a virtual pipeline truck carrying fracked gas crashed in New York, prompting an evacuation.
The crash happened on Monday at about 1:00 a.m. A truck that had been carrying compressed natural gas mined from the Marcellus Shale turned over on Interstate 88 near Binghamton, New York.
52-year-old driver Jeffery Lind had swerved to avoid deer, causing his vehicle to flip over. He was ejected from the cab and suffered from fatal injuries.
The container system began leaking compressed methane gas. Methane gas is a potent greenhouse gas, and Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in Broome County, where the accident occurred.
Families in 80 nearby homes were evacuated following the crash. The crash also caused two separate school districts to close schools for the day. Numerous agencies deployed agents to the scene, including personnel from the New York State Division of Homeland Security.