Bronx Truck Accident Lawyer
A truck accident is almost never a minor fender-bender. The large size and heavy weight of a truck typically cause more damage to vehicles, more serious injuries, and increased odds of catastrophic or fatal injury. Large tractor-trailers weigh, when fully loaded, 20 to 30 times more than the average passenger vehicle. Semis aren’t the only trucks who can cause damage though. Smaller trucks like garbage trucks, dump trucks, and delivery trucks can also do severe damage. Truck drivers are protected by tons of metal, with drivers and occupants in passenger vehicles taking the brunt of the impact.
If you have sustained injuries in a truck accident, you might still be recovering, not able to work, and adding up your medical expenses as the bills roll in. Compounding the pain of injury is that you likely cannot physically work. Maybe you will never be able to work again. The emotional trauma and financial stress that comes with a truck accident can devastate families, causing some to face bankruptcy and foreclosures. You shouldn’t have to deal with these kinds of financial difficulties because another party’s actions caused your injuries.
At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, our Bronx personal injury lawyers understand the challenges you might be facing in the wake of a truck accident, and we are here to help. New York law entitles you to seek damages in civil court against the party responsible for your injuries. Our seasoned truck accident lawyers can assist you in holding negligent truckers and trucking companies financially liable for the losses you’ve incurred as a result of your injury. Contact our Bronx office today for a free case evaluation to determine your eligibility for potential compensation and devise the best strategy for your case going forward.
Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, Gets Results in Truck Accident Cases
The talented legal team of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, has more than 40 years of experience representing injured accident victims, including those involved in truck accidents. Jacoby & Meyers, LLP’s Bronx truck accident lawyers are skilled at negotiating, settling, and litigating cases, advocating in the best interests of their clients at every point in the legal process. The firm’s dedication to professional excellence, case preparation, and client service has led to the recovery of millions of dollars from court-awarded damages and settlements for their clients.
In a recent semi-truck accident case, our client was riding in a vehicle stopped at a red light. A truck driver made too wide of a turn and hit the corner of the car. The trucker left the scene of the accident and the client’s car followed him to the next stoplight to get his truck’s information. Our client suffered excruciating lower back and neck pain, had to have surgery on his neck to implant a pain management device implanted in his lower back. We eventually settled that car accident case for $2.5 million.
This is an example of a recent truck accident case and doesn’t guarantee a particular outcome for your truck accident case. Your case has unique circumstances that can add to or detract from the value of the claim. We can, however, promise to build the best case possible against the party who caused you harm and diligently pursue maximum compensation for your claim.
“I highly recommend hiring Jacoby & Meyers should you ever find yourself injured in an accident, and an individual or company needs to be held accountable for their negligence.” -C.J. Watrobski
Trucks Are Prone to Certain Types of Accidents
A wide variety of different kinds of traffic accidents can lead to death and injury, but some types of crashes are especially associated with trucks. Truck accidents that occur in the Bronx and around the New York City area include:
- Rear-end crashes. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) estimates that it takes an average sized tractor-trailer the length of two football fields to stop from a speed of 65 miles per hour, much longer than the average passenger vehicle. When distracted truckers aren’t paying attention to the road or they follow vehicles too closely, they risk causing a severe, potentially fatal rear-end collision.
- Head-on crashes. Truckers who lose control of their vehicle because they are tired, impaired by drugs or alcohol, or distracted can swerve into the path of oncoming traffic and cause a treacherous head-on collision. A head-on crash between a truck and a passenger vehicle at high speeds will likely result in fatality for the driver and front seat occupant in the passenger seat. If someone is fortunate enough to live through a head-on collision with a large truck, he or she will likely have catastrophic injuries.
- Jackknifes. Semi-trucks consist of a tractor with a hitch for a trailer. The trailer pivots on the hitch when the trailer, or cab, makes a turn. When inexperienced or negligent truck drivers are too heavy on their brakes, they can cause a trailer to skid. The trailer will turn along pivot point until it is perpendicular with the tractor, resembling the angle of an open pocket knife. Jackknifes are dangerous to other motorists to the extent that they block traffic or cause the truck to slide into nearby vehicles and cause injury or fatality.
- Rollovers. A rollover collision occurs when a trucker loses control of his vehicle. Top heavy trucks like cement trucks, dump trucks, and garbage trucks are especially vulnerable to rollovers when truckers travel too fast around corners. Like jackknifes, rollovers are dangerous for nearby motorists because they can block traffic or crush nearby vehicles.
- Underride accidents. This specific type of accident is an extreme version of a rear-end collision or side collision. In a rear-end collision, it’s likely the motorist’s fault, but when trucks change lanes or make turns without clearing their blind spots, they can strike another vehicle. When the vehicle is much smaller than the truck, it can get lodged under the trailer and “rides under” the trailer until the truck driver stops or it breaks away. Most underride collisions lead to fatal injuries.
- Load spillage. Trucking companies and their employees, sometimes truck drivers, load trucks before drivers transport goods across the state or the nation. Freight must be tied down securely, so it doesn’t shift when the truck is in motion. Similarly, tanker trucks that carry liquid goods, but be secured to avoid spillage. When cargo isn’t secure, others who share the road are at risk for several types of accidents if the cargo spills all over the road. Other vehicles might crash into the cargo, the load might land on nearby vehicles and crush them, toxic and hazardous materials can be released into the air and on the road putting nearby motorists at risk for exposure. Cargo spills can often lead to multi-vehicle pileups too.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Some of the most common causes of severe truck accidents that might give rise to a personal injury lawsuit are:
Any activity that takes a trucker’s mind, eyes, or hands away from the task at hand can lead to a severe and potentially fatal truck accident. Federal law prohibits truckers from using cell phones, unless they use a hands-free device and initiate a call with one touch or swipe. It’s often other distractions that lead to accidents such as adjusting a radio or C.B., eating and drinking, reaching for a fallen item, or focusing on an event outside of the truck.
Truckers work long hours and have demanding schedules, and many have to drive at odd hours to make their cutoff times for pickup and delivery, leading to driver fatigue. Truckers must follow strict Hours of Service (HOS) regulations that limit driving time and intend to reduce driver fatigue. Yet, these regulations don’t help with other causes of fatigued driving such as sleep disorders, medical conditions, and prescription medications. If a trucker dozes off at the wheel, the consequences can be treacherous.
Large trucks have large blind spots and most trucks don’t have rearview mirrors to help with visibility. This requires truckers to take extra care to use side and hood-mounted mirrors to clear their blind spots. Truckers who fail to clear blind spots, that extend 20 feet to the front of a semi, 30 feet behind the trailer, and diagonally across both sides of the truck and trailer, can easily cause an accident because they don’t see smaller vehicles near them.
Defective Truck/Truck Parts
A truck accident might occur when a truck experiences mechanical failure as a result of a defective truck or truck part. Steering issues, brake failure, and tire blowouts can all occur as a result of defective trucks or truck parts. Sometimes defects occur during truck design, but most truck defects occur during manufacturing and assembly as a result of employee error, inferior materials, or poor machine calibration. When mechanical failures occur, truckers can lose control of their rig and cause a dangerous accident.
Poor Truck Maintenance
Owner/operators and trucking companies have a legal duty to inspect and maintain their trucks to ensure they are roadworthy. When truck owners don’t provide adequate truck maintenance or quickly fix known issues, their negligence can lead to unsafe trucks that cause accidents. Examples of truck accidents caused by poor maintenance include worn tires that haven’t been replaced or rotated, failed brake systems because the fluids weren’t filled, and worn axles that break when they can no longer withstand the weight of the trailer truck.
Seeking Compensation After a Bronx Truck Accident
If you have sustained injuries in a Bronx truck accident and choose to bring a lawsuit against the at-fault party to recover losses related to your injuries, you might receive compensation for the following damages:
- Medical treatment costs including ambulance ride, emergency room visit, hospitalization, surgery, X-rays, prescription medication, and aftercare
- Future medical costs when a truck accident causes a catastrophic injury requiring continuous care
- Rehabilitation costs including assistive devices such as wheelchairs, canes, walkers, and artificial limbs, as well as visits with specialists who help accident victims cope with their injuries such as physical therapists, occupational therapists, and psychologists
- Lost income when an accident victim cannot work because of injuries, treatment, and recovery
- Lost earning capacity when a catastrophic truck accident injury prevents a person from returning to their job or gaining future employment
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium with a spouse
- Loss of quality of life
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Other non-economic costs that might apply to a specific case
If you lost a loved one in a truck accident, New York law permits eligible surviving family members to take legal action against the at-fault party. Eligible survivors might recover some of the damages above in a wrongful death lawsuit as well as funeral expenses and burial or cremation costs. Survivors might also be eligible for non-economic damages specifically related to their relationship with the deceased. Your attorney can answer any questions and advise you and your family on the best next steps.
Truck Accident Injury Statistics in Bronx, NY
Your Bronx Truck Accident Lawyer: Jacoby & Meyers, LLP
If you suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a Bronx truck accident as a result of a negligent trucking company, truck driver, or other party, you deserve compensation for damages related to your injuries. With more than four decades of experience, the skilled legal team at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, understands how to handle tricky insurance companies and large dollar-values associated with truck accident claims. We can walk you through the personal injury lawsuit process while you focus on coping with your injuries and losses.
If you were injured in the Bronx, contact Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, online, visit our Bronx office at 656 East Fordham Road or call our Bronx office at (718) 294-0813 for a free case evaluation to discuss your truck accident and injuries. One of our talented truck accident attorneys can evaluate your eligibility for filing a personal injury suit, and advise you on the best course of action for your case.
Truck accidents are costly for everyone involved, so you might be dealing with added financial stress as a result of your accident. We offer a free case evaluation, and we take cases on a contingency fee basis, so you don’t have to pay attorney fees upfront. Instead, we deduct our fees from any compensation you receive in a settlement or court-awarded damages.
“If it were not for the integral legal team of experts at Jacoby & Meyers I would not be where I am today with my recovery. I highly recommend hiring Jacoby & Meyers should you ever find yourself injured in an accident, and an individual or company needs to be held accountable for their negligence.” -C.J.
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