Approximately 200,000 people a year are injured in accidents involving large commercial trucks, and about 5,000 of these accidents result in fatalities. Nine out of ten truck accidents are the result of driver negligence and can be preventable. Operators of large commercial trucks must have a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and the rules and regulations regarding the safe operation of these vehicles are different from those relating to non-commercial driver’s licenses. The complicated nature of these accident claims is sometimes due to the number of parties involved. Different companies can own the tractor, trailer, container and cargo of the vehicle and may be owned, operated and registered by out-of-state corporations. If the accident occurs in another state, the claim becomes even more complex.
It’s vital to act quickly if you or a loved one has died or been seriously injured in a commercial truck accident. Statutes of limitations can expire very quickly depending upon the state you are in. The wisest course of action is to contact an experienced truck accident personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an accident, especially if a state or federal governmental agency is involved as may be the case if the collision involved a defective road condition. The Notice of Claim, a legal document which explains your claim, must be prepared by an attorney and served on the agency within 90 days. Some private parties receive federal funding, so the claim must be filed with the federal government also. Before filing a Notice of Claim, the attorney will review any records pertaining to the accident, so it becomes even more crucial to begin the claims process as soon as possible.
Compensation is available for victims of commercial trucking accidents for:
- Current and future medical needs and care
- Vehicle replacement
- Lost wages and diminished future earning potential
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional and mental pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If you or a family member has been injured or killed in a trucking accident, contact the experienced and knowledgeable attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP NY.. We have been helping people for decades and we can help you too. Call 877-504-5562 or email [email protected]