New York Truck Accident Lawyer
The Sanders Firm truck and car accident lawyers represent New Yorkers who have been injured in vehicle accidents of all types, including tractor trailers, dump trucks, 18-wheelers, construction and container trucks.
During your complimentary case evaluation, one of our skilled attorneys can advise you of your legal rights and take the first steps in determining liability.
Truck accidents can cause even greater harm than average car accidents. According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, 1 in 3 New York large truck collisions result in death or serious personal injury. Because of the size and momentum of large trucks, they are especially dangerous when the safety of other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians is compromised by driver fatigue or mechanical failure.
New York truck accidents on the rise
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2010 large trucks accounted for 3,615 deaths and 80,000 injuries in the United States. Though trucks represent only the slightest fraction of vehicles on the road, they are responsible for disproportionate number of motor vehicle deaths.
The New York Department of Motor Vehicles indicates that in 2012 alone, more than 10,000 accidents involving over sized trucks were recorded. Sadly, more than a third of these crashes culminated in serious injuries or wrongful death, highlighting the hazards of driving the state’s highways and roads.
Trucks are particularly cumbersome and difficult to maneuver. Drivers must exhibit the utmost skill in their control of the vehicle; a task that may prove too challenging under certain circumstances. Other drivers on the road can aggravate the challenge faced by truck drivers with their own misjudgment about a truck’s oncoming speed or failure to observe an otherwise safe lane change.
If you have been injured in a truck accident in New York, or a family member has suffered injury or death, The Sanders Firm can help determine whether you are eligible for compensation and will work to make sure you receive it.
Common causes of truck accidents in NY
Though the driver of the smaller vehicle may be at fault in some truck accidents, in many cases the truck driver made critical mistakes or lost control of the vehicle, putting nearby drivers and even bikers and pedestrians at risk.
Our firm has experience litigating many types of truck accident claims, including those arising from:
- Driver fatigue
- Driver negligence
- Distracted driving or cell phone use
- Excessive speed
- Improperly secured cargo loads
- Medical problems—driver suffers from seizures, heart attacks, or unconscious spells
- Aggressive driving
- Over-the-counter drug use
- Lack of experience and/or training
- Lack of familiarity with the road
- Auto part or manufacturing defects
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 24 percent of large-truck drivers involved in fatal accidents in 2006 had a previous speeding conviction. Facts like these can prove helpful in proving liability in a New York car accident lawsuit.
Liability in New York truck collisions
Whether caused by reckless drivers, defective equipment or improperly trained personnel, truck accidents involving semis and tractor trailers have the capacity to claim multiple victims in the blink of an eye. Sanders Firm attorneys will meticulously review the facts and circumstances to determine who must be held liable when such tragedy occurs. In some instances, multiple parties may be sued in an attempt to recover maximum compensation.
Possible defendants in a trucking accident lawsuit may include the driver, the owner of the truck, the company which employed the driver, the truck leasing company, and even the manufacturer of the vehicle and its parts.
Victims and their loved ones may be eligible for compensation to cover all related medical expenses, permanent disability, lost wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of the capacity for the enjoyment of life. However, victims stand the greatest chance of a positive outcome with the assistance of a veteran NY truck accident lawyer.
Every year, multi-million dollar settlements and court awards are secured by accident victims who suffered serious harm and to the families of those who were killed in NY truck accidents.
New York truck accident lawyers
Regular passenger vehicles are no match for the sheer weight and size of a semi or commercial truck, and the resulting injuries from trucking accidents are frequently catastrophic in nature. Spinal cord injuries, broken bones, severe burns and traumatic brain injuries are all too common, leaving victims saddled with exorbitant hospital bills.
At The Sanders Firm, we understand how difficult it can be to move forward after a serious injury or death caused by commercial vehicle accidents involving large trucks. Our attorneys have more than 46 years of experience winning justice for drivers and pedestrians who suffered harm because of someone else’s negligence on the road.
We work with a specialized team of investigators, engineers and medical experts, and are well-versed in New York’s No-Fault Law and handle claims involving motorists who are uninsured.
Legal advice you can count on
If you or a loved one has been hurt in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island or Long Island, the NY personal injury lawyers of The Sanders Firm may be able to help.
We offer a complimentary consultation to determine whether you are eligible for monetary damages. To speak with a member of our legal team, we invite you to call our offices toll-free: 1.800 FAIR PLAY (800.324.7752)
- NY Daily News, Truck collides into low overpass on Long Island's Meadowbrook State Parkway http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/truck-collides-overpass-long-island-parkway-article-1.1793510
- New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, New York State Large Truck Crash Data - 2012 Summary of Large Truck Crashes,www.dmv.ny.gov/Statistics/2012LargeTruckCrashSummary.pdf
- National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, Traffic Safety Performance Measures For New York, www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/departments/nrd-30/ncsa/STSI/36_NY/2012/36_NY_2012.htm