New York Truck Accident Lawyer
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, a total of 7.3 percent of all fatal crashes in New York involved large trucks. When a truck is involved in an accident, the damage is likely to be substantial because of the vehicle’s mass. A truck can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds while the average passenger car generally weighs 3,000 to 5,000 pounds.
If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a truck accident, you may have the right to file a personal injury claim against the driver or trucking company that is responsible for your accident. An experienced New York truck accident lawyer at The Perecman Firm can help you understand your rights and pursue compensation.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reveals that driver-related factors are the cause of approximately 31 percent of all fatal truck accidents. Some of the top driver-related mistakes that can cause a truck accident include:
Driving too fast for road conditions or exceeding the speed limit
Driving while impaired or intoxicated
Drivers not accounting for truck blind spots
Wide right turns
There are rules and regulations designed to reduce the chances of these driver-related mistakes occurring. For example, the FMCSA has imposed maximum hours-of-service limits on drivers in an attempt to reduce driver fatigue and the FMCSA requires regular inspections of trucks to potentially limit maintenance problems.
Unfortunately, drivers don’t always follow the rules and mistakes are still made. When something goes wrong, the injured victim or his or her surviving family members need to take action to recover full compensation for their losses.
How to Proceed with a Truck Accident Injury Claim in NYC
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a truck wreck, a New York truck accident attorney can help you pursue a claim for compensation against the trucker, the trucking company or both. Your attorney will also help you identify other possible defendants who could be held responsible for your injuries.
Truckers can be held responsible if they are negligent, which you can prove by showing that a safety rule was broken or by showing that no reasonable CDL driver would have behaved in the way the trucker did.
Trucking companies can be held accountable based on the negligence of their employees, who are considered to be acting on the company’s behalf. If the company itself failed to set or enforce reasonable policies to protect safety, such as checking an operator’s driving record before hiring him or her, then the company can be considered negligent in its own right. This, too, would make the company liable for injuries.
Often, a trucking company’s insurance policy will have higher limits, potentially leading to more money to pay out damage claims. Your New York truck accident lawyer will help you determine what an optimal course of action is.
Free Consultation with a New York Truck Accident Attorney
The Perecman Firm’s attorneys offer free case assessments. Contact us today to schedule your consultation with a NYC truck accident attorney.