New York Truck Accident Attorney
If you or someone in your family was injured in a truck accident, count on The Sanders Law Firm to provide the help and support you need. Our truck accident lawyers represent crash victims in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, and throughout New York State. We offer no-cost case reviews and accept all truck accident cases on a contingency-fee basis.
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Large commercial vehicles are the lifeblood of New York’s economy. Each year, 365 million tons of cargo enter, leave, or pass through New York City. Nearly 90% of that cargo is carried by commercial truck. New Yorkers are dependent on large trucks to deliver goods into and out of the city. But these vehicles also pose a risk on the roadways.
There are hundreds of accidents involving large trucks in New York City every month. The size of these commercial vehicles compared to the average car, truck, or SUV makes trucking accidents extremely deadly. And because of the way the trucking industry is structured and regulated, truck accident lawsuits are also unlike other motor vehicle accident cases.
Very few crashes with a large truck, semi-truck, or 18 wheeler are minor fender benders. Due to the size and weight of commercial trucks, accident victims tend to suffer major injuries that require significant money for medical bills and other losses. These accidents demand an expert New York City truck accident lawyer who can investigate the crash and seek compensation from all liable parties, including truck drivers, trucking companies, cargo loaders, and manufacturers.
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Regular passenger vehicles are no match for the mass of a commercial truck. The injuries that can result from NYC trucking accidents tell this tragic tale. Spinal cord injuries, broken bones, severe burns, and traumatic brain injuries are not uncommon when a large truck collides with a motor vehicle. Truck accidents aren’t like other accidents, and truck accident claims aren’t like other claims. Placing your case in the hands of the wrong law firm can complicate the situation. When the stakes are this high, only proven truck accident lawyers should be trusted.
The truck accident attorneys at The Sanders Law Firm have more than five decades of experience representing injured New Yorkers. We work with a specialized team of investigators, engineers, and medical experts, are well-versed in New York’s No-Fault insurance laws, and handle claims involving motorists who are uninsured or underinsured.
Hurt in a NYC truck accident in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island or Long Island? The Sanders Law Firm has you covered. We fund all of the costs of investigating and litigating a trucking accident, and if we do not achieve a favorable outcome, you do not pay any attorneys’ fees. Contingency-fee litigation ensures that anyone can afford a quality New York truck accident lawyer. Learn your legal options during a no-cost, no-obligation case review.
Causes of Truck Accidents in NY
The drivers of passenger vehicles don’t always give large trucks the space they need. But even though truck drivers are professionally trained, truck accidents are often the fault of driver errors. When we investigate a crash, our truck accident attorneys will consider every possible cause, including crashes that arise from:
- Driver fatigue
- Trucker 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, manufacturing, or maintenance defects
How Common Are New York Truck Accidents?
Data from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that, in a typical year, large trucks account for nearly 4,000 people killed and 111,000 people injured in United States crashes. Weighing up to 80,000 pounds, it’s no surprise that these vehicles tend to cause massive damage when they collide with a passenger vehicle weighing 3,000 – 5,000 pounds. Although large trucks only account for 4 percent of registered vehicles, they account for 8 percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes.
The New York DMV reported close to 12,000 large truck crashes in their latest statistical summary. Of these crashes, 74 were fatal, 3,760 resulted in injury, and over 8,000 resulted in property damage. Non-truck drivers and passengers are far more likely than truck occupants to be injured in a crash between these vehicles. Motor vehicle occupants are also much more likely than large truck occupants to suffer a wrongful death in a collision between the two.
Commercial trucks can be particularly difficult to maneuver safely within the confines of New York City streets. In just a single month in 2020, there were 772 NYC collisions that involved a commercial vehicle (139 in Manhattan; 189 in the Bronx; 248 in Brooklyn; 170 in Queens; and 26 in Staten Island).
New York crashes involving large trucks need to be promptly investigated. As the accident victim, you may have significant medical bills, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, and long-term disability. The sooner you entrust your case to our personal injury law firm, the sooner we can begin figuring out what happened, who may be liable, and how much your case is worth. Schedule a free consultation to learn more.
Liability in New York Truck Collisions
Whether caused by recklessness, defective vehicle parts, driver inattention, or improperly trained employees, New York truck accidents involving semis and tractor trailers can claim multiple victims’ lives in the blink of an eye.
The Sanders Law Firm truck accident lawyers will meticulously scrutinize the facts and circumstances to find out who may be held liable when such a tragedy occurs. Sometimes, multiple parties may be sued in an attempt to recover maximum compensation. Possible defendants in a NYC trucking accident lawsuit include:
- The driver
- The owner of the truck
- The trucking company that employed the driver
- The truck leasing company
- The manufacturer of the vehicle or its parts
- The company or individual responsible for securing the cargo
- The mechanics or maintenance company that serviced the truck
New York truck crash victims and their loved ones may be eligible for compensation to cover all related medical expenses, permanent disability, lost wages, physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, and more. But while commercial vehicle accidents tend to be more serious, they also present legal challenges that regular car accidents do not. Instead of one defendant’s insurance company to deal with, there could be multiple insurers. State and federal trucking regulations might also come into play.
Trucking is big business, and trucking companies have their own lawyers looking out for their interests. After an accident, companies send out investigators to inspect the crash site and build their defense. There could be a black box with crucial data, a log book showing whether the trucker complied with hours of service regulations, and other evidence that needs to be immediately secured. You need to be proactive in building your case.
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At The Sanders Law Firm, Success Is A Tradition
Founded in 1967, The Sanders Law Firm has flourished into one of New York’s most successful personal injury practices, with an accomplished team of attorneys, paralegals, health care consultants, and support staff. Our trial attorneys take new cases on a contingency basis, which means there is no cost to the client unless we secure monetary damages on your behalf.
Our personal injury law firm continues to make its industry-leading legal services even better, and hire attorneys and staff that enable us to serve a more diverse population.
At The Sanders Firm, there is never any charge to evaluate your case. We have helped thousands of injured clients throughout New York City, Long Island, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island, and we’re prepared to help you too. In just the last five years we have procured over $100 million dollars on behalf of our clients, thanks to our vast resources and experienced attorneys. Our personal injury law firm continues to make its industry-leading legal services even better, and hire attorneys and staff that enable us to serve a more diverse population.
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The Sanders Law Firm is a New York personal injury practice with offices in Long Island, Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn.