New York Truck Accident Lawyers
When large commercial trucks collide with smaller vehicles, the occupants of those smaller vehicles will likely suffer the most. Due to their massive size and weight, trucks carry a deadly impact on other vehicles in traffic crashes. These crashes can leave victims seriously or catastrophically injured or, in the worst cases, fatally injured. Where the truck was at fault, victims in these accidents will need to fight for the compensation to which they are entitled with strong evidence and carefully prepared cases.
At Dansker & Aspromonte, our team has been representing victims of negligence-based accidents for more than 30 years. We have built a reputation for competence and service based on proven results that include millions recovered in settlements and court judgments. When you work with us, you will have the benefit of a team assigned specifically to you consisting of one of our managing partners along with a trial partner.
Working together, our attorneys have an in-depth knowledge of traffic and trucking regulations, along with the ability to collect and preserve evidence promptly to build a comprehensive case designed to achieve fair compensation through settlement or trial.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Unfortunately, truck accidents occur all too often on our roads and highways causing enormous damage and losses. According to the National Safety Council, large trucks make up four percent of all registered vehicles but account for nine percent of all vehicles involved in traffic fatalities. Truck-involved fatalities have been steadily rising since 2011. In 2020, 4,842 traffic deaths occurred involving large trucks.
Driving large trucks is a challenging task and involves extensive training and special licensing. Furthermore, the trucking industry is subject to many government regulations and rules under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). When a truck accident occurs, careful investigation often reveals the driver was poorly trained, has a history of careless driving, was otherwise engaged in negligent behavior, or that regulations were violated.
Common causes of truck accidents include:
- Improper lane changing or passing
- Distracted driving
- Driver fatigue
- Following too closely
- Environmental factors and poor road conditions
- Impaired driving (drugs and/or alcohol)
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Poor truck maintenance
- Backing unsafely
- Turning improperly
- Failure to observe traffic controls
- Vehicular problems such as defective brakes, steering, or other equipment
- Oversized or improperly secured loads
As truck collisions often involve multiple parties and complex mechanics, your claim can become complicated. National trucking firms often have access to powerful legal representation that will fight hard to discredit your case and avoid liability. New York truck accident lawyers on our team work to recover evidence quickly, build your case, establish fault, and pursue a fair settlement for your injuries and losses.
Contact Dansker & Aspromonte to book your free consultation with a New York truck accident attorney at (646) 692-0204 today.
Truck accident claims are complex not only based on the vast amount of information and details that need to be gathered but on the fact that truck companies and their insurers have the financial resources to mount an aggressive defense against your claim. You will need a team of equally aggressive and skilled litigators who know how to stand up against them.
Our team understands what is at stake when you are struggling with injuries, pain, lost income, staggering medical expenses, emotional trauma, and temporary or permanent disability. We work vigorously to help you secure fair compensation for these losses so that you can rebuild your life as optimally as possible.
One of the complicating factors in truck accidents is determining all those parties who may have caused or contributed to the accident.
These parties can include:
- The truck driver: if the driver acted negligently or carelessly
- The trucking company: if they didn’t properly train or vet their employees
- A cargo company: if the employees didn’t load or secure the cargo onto the truck carefully
- A government agency: if they failed to address a faulty traffic signal quickly enough or warn road users about potential road hazards
- A mechanic: if they didn’t address an issue with the truck or installed a part incorrectly
- A truck parts manufacturer: if it produced a faulty truck part
- Another road user: if they didn’t follow the rules of the road
If an employee of one of these entities was at fault for the truck accident, then their employer would be financially responsible for compensating you for your losses.
Our firm will conduct a meticulous investigation into how and why the accident occurred that can involve many steps and other experts, such as accident reconstruction specialists. We will thoroughly analyze the accident site, secure trucking company inspection and maintenance reports along with documentation related to its hiring, training, and supervision of drivers, secure the driver’s records related to hours driven and secure the truck’s black box information, witness testimony, police reports, and any other relevant information that supports your case.
Responsibilities of Commercial Drivers
As stated above, commercial drivers are required to meet state and federal safety regulations that are unique to their industry. For example, delivery drivers need to comply with hours-of-service laws to prevent driver fatigue and vehicle negligence accidents. Trucking companies also have a duty to hire qualified drivers, perform periodic drug tests, and provide proper training to ensure roadway safety.
Commercial carriers, including trucks, taxis, delivery vehicles, and shuttle vans, are responsible if their negligence – or the negligence of their drivers – injures innocent people.
At Dansker & Aspromonte, our experienced attorneys will conduct a prompt and thorough investigation to determine if the driver and employer failed to comply with any applicable federal or New York State laws. Contact us today to learn more.
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Burn Injuries $8 Million
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Contact Dansker & Aspromonte Associates for help today. We serve clients throughout the New York City Metropolitan area, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, and Nassau and Suffolk Counties.