The trucking industry provides more than 285,000 New Yorkers with jobs. That’s nearly 4% of the total workforce in a state with twenty million people. As such, crashes are bound to happen. Unfortunately, nearly 10% of motor vehicle collisions that occur each day in NYC are trucking-related. In the event you or a loved one are involved in a trucking-related accident, knowing your rights will protect you and your family from losing the money and benefits you’re entitled to.
Please, don’t gamble with your financial future. Speak with an experienced personal injury attorney today. Call (516) 342-2200. It won’t cost you a thing and may save you and your loved ones tomorrow.
COMMON CAUSES OF TRUCKING CRASHES
Unsafe driving conditions
Icy roads, rainy weather, faulty stoplights, potholes — the list goes on. All can and do cause trucking crashes every day of the year.
Defective vehicle parts
Worn brakes, malfunctioning windshield wipers, broken tail lights — again, the list goes on. Luckily, as with unsafe driving conditions, laws are in place to protect New York drivers in the event that they are involved in an crash caused by defective parts.
Driver fatigue, negligence, and excessive speeds are among the many causes of trucking-related crashes in New York each year. To minimize these risks, federal and state regulations are in place to keep our roads safe. When they are violated and an crash occurs as a result, New York law mandates that strict penalties be imposed on the at-fault party or their employer.
Common injuries involving trucking accidents
The physical and emotional pains suffered after a trucking crash can be extensive. They include but are not limited to:
- Head trauma, concussions,
traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- External cuts, internal bleeding
- Broken bones
- Tears, strains and sprains,
herniated and bulged discs
- Quadriplegia, paraplegia
As well, in any crash involving a truck, semi-truck, big rig, or other heavy motor vehicle, suffering may occur mentally as well as physically. Conditions include:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Acute stress disorder (ASD)
Trucking crashes are a serious issue. If injured in one, it is imperative that you receive proper medical care so that you may focus on recovery. An experienced personal injury attorney can ensure that this is made possible.
WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF A TRUCKING CRASH
If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking crash, you should secure legal representation as soon as possible. Do not give statements to anyone — including insurance agents — without first speaking to your lawyer. Why? Because anything you say will be misconstrued and used against you.
No matter how convincing they may sound, these men and women are not your ally. Insurance companies exist to make profits for their shareholders. What is best for them is to pay for as little as possible. You can prevent this from happening by politely but firmly telling them you have retained a personal injury attorney and that you cannot speak to them.
FINDING THE ATTORNEY THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU
No matter your situation, you should seek out someone with a proven track record who knows New York personal injury law inside and out. But more than that, you need someone who will fight for you.
For more than thirty-five years, Schwartzapfel® Lawyers has successfully helped thousands of people get the money and benefits they are entitled to. We are proud of our hundreds of 5-star Google Reviews and 99% client satisfaction record, and will always put our clients first.
To learn more about your rights and how to protect them, please visit our website or call (516) 342-2200 today.
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