Almost every day in New York and across the tri-state area, there are news reports of deadly car, bus, and truck accidents. Truck accidents can be particularly dangerous and can affect many people at once. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2017, 4,761 people died in crashes involving trucks. New York State claimed 121 of those deaths.
While highway crashes decreased overall, from 2007 to 2017, large truck accidents increased by 12 percent. Of all those who died in these accidents, 72 percent occupied other vehicles.
There is no doubt of the destructive power of large trucks. All drivers hope the truck driver we encounter on the highway is trained, wide awake, and ready to react well in a crisis. Unfortunately, it only takes one mistake to devastate lives.
Victims of truck accidents are often seriously injured, and the top priority is medical attention. But even if a victim manages to sustain minor injuries or if an individual is investigating legal action for an injured love one, there are vital steps to take after a truck accident:
The Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm represents victims in New York City who sustain serious injuries through no fault of their own. We offer free consultations to help determine whether you have a claim that we can help you pursue.
Truck accidents take several forms, including:
When our legal team takes a case, we conduct a thorough investigation. Our attorneys have extensive experience and knowledge regarding traffic laws and trucking regulations. As clients focus on injury recovery, lawyers interview witnesses, review photographs of accident scenes, obtain and review surveillance video, and collect medical records. Lawyers also track medical bills and other expenses, so clients do not have to worry about that task.
From the trucking company, lawyers request logbooks, trip sheets, route schedules, and time cards, along with all driver manifests and records. If the legal team suspects mechanical issues with the truck, they may also secure maintenance records, inspection reports, and driver checklists.
Some people sustain head injuries that leave them with no memories of the accident. Some victims are hospitalized after large accidents and may be processing mental trauma. When that occurs, our law office hires accident reconstruction engineers to help confirm facts. Engineers use evidence like vehicle damage and skid marks to recreate the accident and its circumstances.
The Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm has decades of experience obtaining records and getting to the bottom of accident liability in trucking accidents. While clients recover and feel better, we uncover the truth of the matter and prepare a case for maximum recovery.
In 2018, large trucks made up four percent of the 268 million vehicles driving on the road every day. However, they cause one in 10 highway deaths in motor vehicle accidents. Common causes of these accidents include:
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) offers suggestions to stay safer when driving around trucks. These tips include:
However, even with an abundance of caution, a catastrophic tractor-trailer accident can still occur due to negligence on the part of truckers and their trucking companies. A New York truck accident attorney helps truck accident victims navigate these accidents, narrow down the accident’s cause, and hold the correct parties responsible.
Actions against a party for truck accident injuries must be filed within three years. Injury claims filed after the three years are not allowed to continue in the court system. For truck accident cases ending in the wrongful death of a loved one, survivors and the personal representative must file the claim within two years of the death.
General guidelines for filing a personal injury claim include:
Our personal injury attorneys have the knowledge and skills to conduct a thorough case evaluation and ensure timely filing of court actions.
Personal injury law allows compensation for the following types of damages:
Our New York City truck accident lawyers will help you seek damages based on objective evidence and client reports on pain and limitations on daily life activities. Possible evidence in personal injury claims include:
A truck accident is frequently a traumatic event for many people. Contact the Jacob Fuchsberg Law Firm at 212-869-3500 for a free consultation and case evaluation if you or a loved one suffered injuries or wrongful death due to a truck accident. We offer our services in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island, and throughout New York state.