Truck Accident Lawyers in Long Island
Helping You Recover after a Devastating Truck Accident
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Truck accidents often produce not only devastating injuries, but also complex legal cases. If you have been hurt in an accident with an 18 wheeler or a semi truck, you will want to speak with one of our truck accident attorneys who understands the unique liability and insurance angles, as well as the trucking industry and federal regulations that govern it.
The legal issues aside, your case is about the harm and the hardships you have suffered. At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, our personal injury attorneys will do everything we can to help the victims and their families in the aftermath of a truck crash, and we put the full resources of our firm into recovering the compensation you need and deserve.
Here are a few of the many reasons you should choose Cohen & Jaffe to take on your truck accident claim:
We have seen firsthand the serious injuries that truck crashes cause. Richard Jaffe is not only an attorney. He is also a licensed EMT and a firefighter. He understands what you are going through because he assists victims of traumatic injuries in his role as a first responder. He knows that accident victims endure severe pain and face a long road to recovery.
We are committed to delivering exceptional client service and keeping our clients informed about the status of their case. You will work directly with attorneys Stephen Cohen and Richard Jaffe when our firm takes on your case. Your matter is important to us, so we won’t hand you off to a paralegal or an assistant. We will even give you our cellphone number so you can contact us whenever you have questions or concerns.
We are ready to dig deep to find out what really happened in your accident and seek the money you deserve. Truck accidents frequently have many potentially responsible parties and involve multiple insurance companies. You can be assured that they will put up a fight with so much money on the line. At Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, we are ready to stand up for your right to compensation for the losses you’ve suffered.
We can help you put your life back together. Recovering from your injuries should be your first priority after a serious truck accident. We have the resources to connect you with medical professionals who can help you heal. We can also help you get your damaged vehicle repaired or replaced. Let us deal with the technical matters while you focus on getting better.
Experience counts in truck accidents. Contact us today for a free consultation with proven trial lawyers. Our truck accident lawyers handle accidents on Long Island and nearby areas, including Nassau County, Suffolk County, Queens and beyond. Se habla español.
A Truck Accident Law Firm that Gets Results for Injured People
All accidents are different. Those that involve heavy trucks often produce the most serious injuries. They also involve some of the most complex legal issues. That’s why it’s important to work with a law firm that has experience handling complex personal injury matters – and a track record of getting results for clients.
Here are just a few examples of the many successes we’ve had in helping people who suffered serious injuries in crashes:
- $95,000 settlement
For a driver who suffered knee injuries in a crash that occurred when a truck driver made an improper right turn from the left lane of traffic. The injuries required arthroscopic surgery.
For a man sideswiped by a trucker changing lanes improperly causing a fractured leg requiring operative intervention.
For a woman hit by a truck that pulled out of a gas station into traffic without yielding the right of way, causing multiple fractures and years of rehabilitation.
How much is your case worth? It’s impossible to predict how much compensation you could recover without a consultation about the specifics of your situation. We want to listen to the details of your case and then provide you with your best legal options for recovery. If you have been hurt in a truck crash, contact Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP now for a free case evaluation that comes with no risks and obligations.
Call us now or fill out our online contact form. We are ready to talk whenever you are.
Long Island Truck Accident Attorney Frequently Asked Questions
Basic physics account for the severity of many collisions that involve a tractor-trailer or other heavy truck and a passenger vehicle. A fully loaded 18-wheeler can tip the scales at 80,000 pounds or more. That’s roughly 20 times heavier than the typical passenger car. When a heavy truck and a lightweight car collide, it is almost always the car – and its occupants – that fare worse.
The insurance claims and lawsuits that result from a truck accident are often much more complex than a “typical” car accident. This fact makes it even more critical to get help from an experienced personal injury attorney. Your lawyer can fully – and independently – investigate the true cause of the accident and determine everyone who may be liable for the crash. Your lawyer can then work to recover maximum compensation from all available sources.
In addition to the truck driver, there are several others who may also be responsible for a crash. The trucking company that employed the trucker can usually be held liable for the trucker’s negligence. Other potential defendants include the company that owned or leased the truck and trailer (often two different companies), the owner of the cargo, the company that loaded the cargo, the company that maintained the truck, the manufacturer of defective equipment, among others.
As with car crashes, there are many potential causes of truck accidents. While many of them are similar to the causes of car accidents, there are unique factors in the trucking industry. Driver fatigue is a particular concern with truckers, despite federal hours of service rules that limit time behind the wheel. Some truckers even use prescription or over-the-counter drugs to stay awake. Poorly maintained equipment, speeding and inexperience are other common factors.
Yes! At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, we handle truck accident claims on a contingency fee basis. That means you pay us nothing upfront and we charge no attorney’s fees unless and until we recover compensation on your behalf. Even the claim review and initial consultation are completely free and come with no strings attached.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Personal injury lawyer Richard Jaffe and Stephen Cohen have secured numerous settlements and verdicts for truck accidents in their 40-plus years of combined experience in personal injury and wrongful death litigation. They know how to conduct a sophisticated investigation to establish the cause or contributing factors of the crash.
Some common factors in truck accidents include:
- Driver fatigue — truckers pressured to stay on the road well beyond the hours allowed under federal law
- Driver negligence — speeding, tailgating, changing lanes, pulling out, running stoplights, distracted driving
- Truck maintenance — worn tire treads, worn brakes, broken lights
- Dangerous cargo — improperly secured or hazardous freight
- Negligent hiring — accidents, violations, DWI, drug use, no valid CDL
Investigating a Truck Accident
Truck accidents often involve multiple vehicles and serious injuries and property damage. They are usually quite complicated, and the true cause may not be apparent at first. That’s why it is important to get help from an attorney who has the resources to independently investigate the crash to find out what really happened and who should be held accountable for the crash.
Examples of the kinds of evidence that may play a role in a truck accident investigation include:
- The truck driver’s logbook, which may include evidence of overwork and fatigue
- The truck’s electronic data recorder or “black box,” which may contain evidence about speeding, failure to brake, and similar actions
- Maintenance records for the truck
- Evidence of drug or alcohol impairment
- The trucker’s driving record
- Physical evidence from the accident scene
- Photos of the accident scene
- Evidence of vehicle defects
- Cell phone records that indicate driver inattention
- Accident reconstruction
- Eyewitness testimony
We pursue all available sources of insurance coverage to make sure clients are fully compensated for the long-lasting impact of severe injuries. Richard Jaffe also has experience as an EMT (emergency medical technician) and firefighter. He knows firsthand the agony, terror and horrific injuries in trucking accidents, especially when victims are crushed or trapped. He uses those insights as he prepares a case for compensation, from future medical care or permanent disability to damages for pain and suffering.
Experienced Long Island Truck Accident Attorneys
We are familiar with the main trucking corridors on Long Island, and we have handled all types of truck accidents, from tractor-trailers (18-wheelers) to delivery trucks, garbage trucks, construction vehicles and other large commercial vehicles.
There is too much at stake and too many urgent details to trust your case to an inexperienced lawyer. Call the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP or contact us online and we will respond immediately. Our Long Island truck accident attorneys offer a free consultation, including home and hospital visits.