As you consider seeking compensation after an accident, you can best protect your rights by speaking with a lawyer as soon as possible. The first thing we encourage you to do is to reach out to us for your complimentary consultation. Having an attorney familiar with New York commercial vehicle accidents and the applicable laws is the most important step in protecting your rights. One of our first priorities will be making sure we meet all applicable deadlines for filing a claim on your behalf.
What you do to protect your rights after a truck accident will impact the outcome of your case. As a victim of an injury accident caused by someone else’s negligent act, you likely have a right to pursue compensation through an insurance claim or in civil court.
Let Our Team Protect Your Rights After a New York Truck Accident
When you agree to let our team represent you in your collision case, we take action immediately to protect your rights. We also work to build an argument on your behalf. It is important that we get to work quickly on your case. New York Civil Practice Law & Rules (CVP) §214 limits how long we have to file a civil lawsuit based on a truck accident. We also need to gather evidence as soon as possible following a collision case when witness statements are still fresh in mind. This includes protecting the evidence held by the trucking company. It may also include evidence such as surveillance or dash-cam video.
We will investigate your accident and, where indicated, work with expert witnesses to build evidence that will be as compelling as possible. This could include accident reconstruction specialists, medical experts, economists, vocational rehabilitation specialists, and lifecare planners.
We also manage all case-related communication for our clients. This protects their rights from insurance companies that may offer a low settlement amount or even deny their claim. In some cases, insurers will use the accident victim’s own words against them, blaming them for contributing to their own injuries or causing the accident. We work to eliminate this risk by handling all necessary communication with the insurance companies.
Prioritizing Your Actions Following a Truck Collision in New York
There are also things you can do to protect your rights after a truck accident, beginning right away. This includes:
Prioritizing Your Health and Wellbeing
Getting evaluated by a medical professional and receiving treatment for your injuries should be your top priority after an accident. If you have injuries, ask for a medical evaluation by first responders or see a doctor as soon as possible. Depending on the severity of your injuries, this could include visiting an emergency department, seeing your family doctor, or going to a local urgent care clinic.
Gathering Information to Help Build Your Case
If possible, and most of all, only if safe to do so, begin doing your own detective work at the scene. Gather the name and contact information of any witnesses, take as many photographs as possible from all angles of the accident scene, and record details you may forget later. Keep all of this in a safe place until you are able to share it with your attorney.
Keeping Notes About Your Intangible Losses
In many cases, the pain and suffering you endure and the intangible losses you suffer, including mental anguish, depression, and more, are just as significant as the economic losses. To help support your claim for compensation, it is an excellent idea to keep a journal of your pain levels, missed activities, time away from work, and other impacts.
We Seek Financial Recovery for New York Truck Accident Victims
At Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., our truck accident team will:
- Keep you updated on your case
- Identify liable parties
- Communicate with all parties for you
- Gather evidence
- Determine a value for your case
- Fight relentlessly to win the best possible result for you
These actions all work together to ensure you understand your rights, protect your rights, and build a solid case for compensation. This allows us to seek the following types of compensation for many truck accident victims:
- Medical care costs, both current and future
- Lost income from missed time at work
- Reduced capacity to earn because of lasting injuries
- Miscellaneous expenses and losses
- Pain and suffering and other intangible losses
We also pursue wrongful death cases as allowed under New York Estates, Powers & Trusts (EPT) §5-4.1. If you lost a loved one in a truck accident in New York, we extend to you our heartfelt condolences and we are here to provide compassionate support and legal representation. When we represent the surviving family members in truck accident wrongful death cases, we are determined to win the compensation you need and the justice your departed loved one deserves.
Talk to a Member of the Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. Truck Accident Team for Free
At Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., our truck accident team offers collision consultations for free. We meet people where they are on Long Island or elsewhere in the New York metropolitan area to discuss their accidents, injuries, and losses. We represent accident victims at no upfront expense. We work based on contingency fees.
Speak with a commercial vehicle collision team member from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. for free today. Call (516) 932-0400 for your complimentary case assessment.