A collision involving a passenger vehicle and a big rig weighing nearly 80,000-pounds could result in severe and life-threatening injuries. The size of commercial trucks and the force of impact mean the collision can cause significant damage to anything the truck hits. What if you are unable to work because of your injuries?
Any time a truck collides with a smaller vehicle, the results can be devastating. If yocu were hurt and a truck driver, trucking company, or another entity was to blame, don’t delay in contacting a knowledgeable attorney to discuss your legal options. Our Floral Park truck accident lawyers handle truck accident injury claims in Nassau County, Suffolk County, Queens and across New York City. Contact an experienced Floral Park truck accident attorney at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe for a free consultation and qualified representation.
How can a Floral Park truck accident attorney help me?
Trucking companies have teams of lawyers who work solely to protect the company’s interests. They want to settle tractor-trailer accident cases quickly and for the least amount possible. Can you be sure that their offer is fair and will cover all your medical expenses now and in the future? Does the offer cover your missing wages since you have been unable to work?
An experienced personal injury lawyer will demand a settlement that reflects the full extent of your losses. Our attorneys at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe act as your personal advocates. We work for you, not the trucking company. We are advocating for your rights. We don’t let big insurance companies or trucking firms take advantage of you. The experience of the Floral Park truck accident attorney you select can make all the difference in the settlement you receive.
Common causes of trucking accidents and types of large trucks
There are as many different types of trucking accidents as there are heavy trucks. Trucks involved in serious accidents can include tractor-trailers, moving trucks, delivery trucks, tow trucks, construction vehicles, and garbage trucks. A wide variety of factors can come into play when it comes to how trucking accidents happen.
Certain roads such as New York State Route 25 have heavy truck traffic and are frequent sites for accidents. Adverse weather conditions, road construction, and even the way cargo is loaded onto a truck can lead to trucking accidents. Many of the more common causes of trucking accidents include:
- Speeding. Data from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found that more than 21 percent of drivers involved in fatal crashes have received a least one previous speeding conviction. Speeding is particularly dangerous in a large truck because of the significant amount of time it takes to stop an 80,000-pound vehicle.
- Distracted Driving. Distracted driving is a hazard for everyone out on the roads, including truck drivers. Picking up the phone to make a call, checking directions, even eating on the road to save time can distract a truck driver and lead to an accident.
- Driver Fatigue. Drivers may feel tremendous pressure to meet delivery deadlines. They may push their minds and bodies to the limits to beat a deadline. Fatigued driving is a widespread problem in the trucking industry. Extended time behind the wheel without sleep or rest can lead to slow reflexes, inability to concentrate, impaired judgment and drowsy driving. Federal laws limit the number of hours that drivers can operate a big truck each day and each week before taking mandatory rest breaks.
- Equipment failure and defective parts. Truck drivers are required to inspect the truck before a trip. Tight deadlines may cause a driver to cut corners on the inspection in order to get on the road faster. Sometimes equipment can fail, or a manufacturer can distribute a defective part.
At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, our attorneys take the time to get to know you. We want to understand all the facts surrounding your case before discussing your best options. Talk to an experienced attorney who can help you determine your next steps.
Who can be held responsible for injuries caused by semi-trucks?
Trucking accident cases can be complicated to resolve, partly because multiple parties may have liability for a trucking accident. A commercial truck driver may be employed by the trucking company or the driver may be an independent contractor. The driver and trucking company may have separate insurance policies. The tractor and trailer may have different owners and different insurance as well. A freight shipper that loaded the trailer may have liability if improperly loaded freight contributed to the truck accident.
An accident investigation will typically begin with the truck driver and what happened in the moments leading up to the accident. However, other parties may bear some of the responsibility. For example, the trucking company may be partially liable if the company failed to hire a qualified professional driver or failed to conduct safety inspections.
A manufacturer of truck components such as truck tires or brakes also could be held responsible in the event that a collision was the result of a defective part. The company that loaded the cargo onto a truck may also be to blame if the cargo was not loaded or tied down properly. When cargo is not loaded correctly, it can affect the handling of the vehicle and make it more difficult for a driver to respond to certain situations.
A trucking company will try to minimize its liability and may try to shift the blame to other motorists. That’s why you need an aggressive legal team that will fight to protect your rights. At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, we will move quickly to investigate a truck accident and preserve evidence following an accident.
What can I do if I’m an injured truck driver?
If you were injured in an accident as a truck driver, you should understand that you have the same rights as anyone else on the road. You should seek immediate medical attention and inform the doctor you’ve been involved in a collision.
If you were injured while driving as part of your job duties, you might be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits depending on the terms of your employment. Some employers may try to claim that their drivers are independent contractors to avoid paying workers’ compensation claims.
You may have questions about what type of claim you have. The injury attorneys at Cohen & Jaffe can help you determine what benefits or compensation are available to you and will help you get what you’re owed.
Should I reach a truck accident settlement with the trucking company?
Your best course of action is to contact a personal injury attorney with experience handling truck accident cases. Trucking companies and their team of lawyers and insurers want to settle the matter quickly and for as little money as possible.
An attorney can estimate your accident-related losses and the amount of compensation you may seek after a truck accident. You may have lost wages if you missed work, and expensive medical bills. Depending on the nature of your injuries, you may need ongoing medical treatment or extensive rehabilitation. Will the proposed settlement cover those expenses down the line?
A knowledgeable truck accident lawyer at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe on Long Island can help you determine what is reasonable to expect based on the details of your case. Cohen & Jaffe can negotiate a settlement or file a lawsuit, if necessary, to seek compensation for you.
Do I have legal rights to compensation after a truck accident?
If you were hurt in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may have the right to seek compensation for both economic and non-economic damages that you’ve incurred as a result of the crash.
Damages may include compensation for current and future medical expenses, lost wages, even pain and suffering.
You shouldn’t be buried in medical bills after an accident that wasn’t your fault. You may have the right to take legal action and demand just compensation for your losses. An experienced truck accident attorney can help you.
Representing Those Who’ve Been Hurt in Floral Park, NY
At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP we are committed to helping you recover from the aftermath of a serious truck accident. We are familiar with the main trucking corridors in the Floral Park area and have extensive experience helping people injured in truck accident and car accidents. We have the experience to negotiate effectively with trucking companies, their lawyers, and their insurers to make sure that you have the financial compensation needed to recover.
There is a lot at stake. Fight for what you deserve with the help of Cohen & Jaffe. Contact us online or call (516) 358-6900 to schedule a free consultation. If you can’t make it to us, we’ll find a way to make it to you.
Law Enforcement Agencies
If you are injured in a truck accident in Floral Park, one of the following law enforcement agencies may investigate the accident.
Floral Park Police Department
1 Floral Blvd.
Floral Park, NY 11002
New York State Police
1220 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12226
Nassau County Sherriff
100 Carman Avenue
East Meadow, NY 11554
Civil claims involving up to $15,000 in damages are heard in district court, while personal injury lawsuits involving larger sums of money are filed in New York Supreme Court.
Nassau County District Court
99 Main Street
Hempstead, NY 11550
New York Supreme Court, Nassau County
100 Supreme Court Dr.
Mineola, NY 11501
Nassau University Medical Center
2201 Hempstead Turnpike
East Meadow, NY 11554
Long Island Jewish Medical Center
270-05 76th Ave.
New Hyde Park, NY 11040
South Oaks Hospital
400 Sunrise Hwy.
Amityville, NY 11701
For a free legal consultation with a truck accidents lawyer serving Floral Park, call 516-358-6900