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New York City Truck Accident Attorneys

Semi-truck, 18-wheeler & other commercial vehicle accidents

When semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, and other large commercial trucks are involved in accidents with other motor vehicles, the results tend to be devastating. Large truck accidents often lead to catastrophic injuries and fatalities—and the occupants of the smaller passenger vehicles are the ones who usually pay the price.

If you were injured or if your loved one died due to a semi-truck or 18-wheeler collision, the team at Keith D. Silverstein & Associates can help. We firmly believe that you and your family deserve justice, and we are committed to holding negligent truck drivers, trucking companies, and other parties accountable. Our New York City truck accident attorneys are ready to fight for you and every penny you deserve.

What Are the Most Common Types of Truck Accidents?

A truck accident refers to a collision involving a large commercial vehicle, typically a truck or tractor-trailer, with other vehicles, pedestrians, or fixed objects. These accidents can result in serious injuries, fatalities, and significant property damage due to the size and weight of commercial trucks. Various factors, including driver error, equipment failure, adverse weather conditions, and road hazards, can contribute to truck accidents.

Here are common types of truck accidents:

What Are the Most Common Causes of Large Truck Accidents?

Like any other car accident, most truck accidents are the result of negligence. Sometimes, truck drivers themselves are negligent; in other cases, the trucking company, a manufacturer, or some other party acts carelessly or wrongfully, indirectly leading to a crash.

Specifically, some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:

At Keith D. Silverstein & Associates, we carefully investigate claims to determine the exact cause(s) of a truck accident. By evaluating all available evidence, we can determine who is at fault and who is legally responsible for our clients’ damages.

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Who Is Liable for a Commercial Truck Crash?

Under New York’s no-fault insurance system, you could be entitled to financial compensation for certain accident-related damages regardless of fault. However, no-fault insurance—or personal injury protection (PIP)—is limited. It does not cover the full cost of your lost wages, and it only covers medical expenses up to the policy limit. Additionally, PIP does not provide any compensation for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering.

To secure the full, fair compensation you deserve, you may have to go outside the state’s no-fault system. To do this, you will need to prove that your injury meets the state’s definition of a “serious injury,” and you will have to prove that someone else is legally responsible for causing your injury and its resulting damages.

Liability in a truck accident can be complex and depends on various factors. Different parties may be held liable based on their involvement and responsibility in the incident.

Here are some key parties that could be held liable for a truck accident:

Determining liability in a truck accident often involves a thorough investigation, including gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and analyzing factors such as driver logs, maintenance records, and accident reports. Legal professionals, such as personal injury attorneys and insurance investigators, play a significant role in establishing liability and pursuing compensation for the victims.

Compensation for Truck Accident Victims

Truck accident victims often sustain severe, life-changing injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, spine injuries, and more. Such injuries often lead to significant physical, emotional, and financial hardships. By filing a personal injury lawsuit, you can seek compensation to assist with the costs of your damages.

Depending on the specific details of your case, you may be entitled to compensation for the following:

At Keith D. Silverstein & Associates, we help our clients fight for every penny they are owed. Our New York City truck accident attorneys have the experience, resources, and legal skills to go up against powerful trucking companies, insurance providers, manufacturers, and other entities. We are not afraid to fight for you, even if that means taking your case to trial.

Why Hire a Truck Accident Attorney?

A truck accident lawyer from Keith D. Silverstein & Associates can help you navigate the aftermath of the accident and fight for the fair settlement you deserve. If the insurance company refuses to play fair, your attorney can represent you and your rights in court.

When you hire our team, you can focus on your physical recovery while we take care of the legal, logistical, and administrative details of your case. We will handle everything so that you can focus on what matters most: healing.

Keith D. Silverstein & Associates offers all legal services on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not pay any upfront or out-of-pocket attorney fees when you hire our firm. Instead, we only collect legal fees if and when we recover compensation for you.

Contact us today at (646) 813-3922 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our New York City truck accident attorneys.

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NYC Truck Accident FAQ

What are the unique parts of a truck accident claim compared to a car accident claim?

Truck accident claims are distinct from car accident claims in several ways. First, they typically involve more damage due to the larger size and weight of trucks, resulting in more severe injuries and greater vehicular damage. Second, truck accidents often involve special federal and state regulations that govern the trucking industry, adding a layer of complexity to these cases. Third, different types of evidence may be relevant in a truck accident claim, such as driver logbooks or data from the truck's black box. Lastly, liability can be more complicated in truck accidents as multiple parties could be at fault, including the truck driver, the trucking company, or even the cargo loading company.

What is an electronic on-board recorder?

An Electronic On-Board Recorder (EOBR) is a device used in commercial vehicles, including many trucks and semis, to record the vehicle's movement and driver's activity. It functions similarly to an airplane's black box by recording data like driving time, engine hours, vehicle movement, miles driven, and location information. This technology is primarily used to enforce regulations on Hours of Service (HOS) to prevent driver fatigue but it also serves as valuable evidence in the event of a truck accident, providing crucial data about the truck's operation and the driver's behavior at the time of the collision.

Can I sue the trucking company for my damages and injuries?

You can sue the trucking company for your damages and injuries following a truck accident in many cases. The legal principle of "respondeat superior" can often hold the trucking company liable for the negligent actions of its employees, including truck drivers, when they are acting within the scope of their employment. This can include situations where the truck driver was speeding, driving recklessly, or was otherwise negligent. Additionally, if it can be proven that the trucking company itself was negligent – such as by failing to properly maintain their vehicles, not properly training their drivers, or violating industry regulations – they could also be held directly responsible.

What is the role of federal regulations in a truck accident claim?

Federal regulations play a significant role in a truck accident claim as they set the standards for safety and operation within the trucking industry. These rules, enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), cover a variety of areas including driver qualifications, hours of service, vehicle maintenance, cargo loading, and more. If a truck driver or trucking company is found to have violated these regulations at the time of an accident, it could be used as evidence of negligence in a lawsuit. For instance, if a driver was operating beyond the federally mandated hours of service and caused an accident, this could significantly affect the outcome of a claim.

What should I do immediately after a truck accident?

Immediately after a truck accident, your priority should be safety and medical attention. If possible, move to a safe location away from traffic and call 911. Even if you don't feel injured, it's crucial to seek medical attention as some injuries may not be immediately apparent. Report the accident to law enforcement and cooperate with them, providing an accurate account of the incident. Document the scene by taking pictures or videos if you can do so safely. Gather information such as the truck driver's name, contact details, license number, insurance info, the trucking company's name, and any trailer ID numbers you can see. Try to collect contact information from any witnesses. It's important not to admit fault or discuss the accident with the truck driver or their employer. Finally, contact a lawyer who specializes in truck accidents, as they can guide you through the process of filing a claim while protecting your rights.

What do I do if the truck driver was an independent contractor?

If the truck driver who hit you was an independent contractor, you can still file a lawsuit against them for your damages and injuries. However, the process may be slightly different compared to when the driver is an employee of a trucking company. In this case, the driver themselves would typically be held liable rather than the company they were contracted by. You would need to prove that the driver was negligent and that their negligence directly caused the accident and your injuries. It's also possible that the company contracting the driver could be held partially liable, for instance, if they were negligent in hiring an unqualified or unsafe driver.

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