If a truck driver’s negligent behavior is what led to you engaging in an accident and suffering injuries, you may be entitled to recover compensation from the driver or even their employer. Truck accidents are some of the worst types of collisions that occur on our roadways, as they often result in:
- Severe property damage
If you were the unfortunate victim of a large truck accident, you can contact the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP at (516) 358-6900 so that we can review your case and determine how much compensation you could recover for your injuries and losses.
Steps to Take if You’re Looking to Recover Compensation After a Truck Accident
If you’re looking to hold a truck driver accountable for causing your accident, you will need to show that the truck driver was negligent. He/she might have been driving too fast for roadway conditions before colliding with your vehicle. He/she could have also fallen asleep at the wheel before hitting your car. Perhaps the vehicle’s brakes were defective.
Establishing negligence isn’t always easy and often requires a thorough investigation. While it might be clear to you that the truck driver was doing something wrong, that doesn’t mean it will be clear to the insurance company or even the court when you decide to pursue the carrier or driver for compensation.
What a Great Neck Truck Accident Lawyer Can Do for You
Because establishing negligence is a time-consuming and difficult process, especially for someone who is working toward recovering and getting their life back on track, we have lawyers who can handle this task (and many others) so that you don’t have to.
We may need to hire experts such as an accident reconstructionist team to assess the scene. In addition to bringing on any experts who can assist us with establishing negligence, we will also:
Review the Trucking Company’s Records
We need to determine if the company complied with all state and federal safety regulations. Trucking companies are required to follow a detailed list of regulations, although not all do so. If the company failed to meet one or more of these safety standards, it could help determine what could have caused the accident.
For instance, perhaps they neglected to take their vehicle in for maintenance, which led to the brakes becoming defective. You can hold them liable for the consequences of their inaction.
Contact Witnesses and Collect Statements
There is a good chance someone witnessed the accident and can share their account of what happened. If anyone was present when your accident occurred, we can speak with them and collect statements.
Review Driver Logs
Truck drivers are only permitted to operate their vehicles for a certain number of hours. If the trucker went over what the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) hours of service rules allow, it could help prove that he/she fell asleep at the wheel.
If you want to hold a truck driver in Great Neck accountable for causing you to suffer serious or debilitating injuries that have caused you to lose your sense of joy and happiness, contact an attorney.
Assessing Your Damages and Placing a Value on Your Case
In addition to proving what type of negligent behavior the truck driver was engaging in that caused your accident, your Great Neck truck accident lawyer will also help you value your case. Some of the things that must be taken into account when determining what your case is worth include:
How the Accident Has Impacted You Physically
The accident might have resulted in you suffering a physical or mental impairment. You could be expected to heal, but these injuries might be currently preventing you from engaging in the activities that once brought you joy. You might have to rely on others because you need help getting around, such as:
- Family members
- Hired help
How the Accident Has Impacted You Financially
You might be facing many medical bills for the care you had rendered after the accident. You could still be required to undergo medical treatment for severe injuries or ongoing conditions.
Such losses might prevent you from working and bringing home a paycheck. If the truck accident has caused you to accrue a substantial amount in debt or pay for the care you really couldn’t afford, we may be able to help you recover compensation to make up for this.
Why Call an Attorney?
When someone else’s careless or reckless decisions interfere with your personal or professional life, they should be held accountable for their behavior. There is a lot of work that goes into building a truck accident case. The sooner you contact us at (516) 358-6900, the sooner we can begin gathering evidence that could help prove liability.
For a free legal consultation with a truck accidents lawyer serving Great Neck, call 516-358-6900