Fighting For The Compensation You Deserve After A Truck Accident
Due to the sheer size difference between large trucks and regular cars or motorcycles, it is no surprise that accidents can have deadly consequences. From fatalities to traumatic brain injuries, the results can impact accident victims for the rest of their lives.
At Rutberg Breslow Personal Injury Law in Poughkeepsie, we are dedicated New York personal injury lawyers. This means we know how to seek compensation for car accidents, motorcycle accidents and truck accidents. We understand what needs to be done and how to handle trucking company owners and their insurers. We also understand the special rules that trucking companies and truck drivers must follow and what can be done when they failed to do so.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries or a fatality in a truck accident, you need to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. Our attorneys are prepared to help you with every step of your case. From investigating the accident to fighting for your right to compensation in front of a jury, you can trust us to be there for you.
Understanding Truck Accidents And Their Causes
Trucking regulations and safety standards are intended to keep truck drivers and other drivers on the road safe. When a driver breaks a safety regulation, the results can be disastrous. Trucking company owners, managers and drivers all have a responsibility to ensure that the truck is in good working order and meets all scheduled maintenance.
Managers must not pressure drivers to break rules or skip sleep in order to make quicker delivery times. Drivers must be well-rested and attentive, and they cannot drive under the influence of any type of drug or alcohol. Manufacturers of parts must issue recalls when things like tires or brakes are found to be defective. Ignoring or breaking these rules and regulations can cause a variety of accidents including collisions, rollovers and jackknifes.
Liability In Truck Accident Cases
Truck accidents are unique and different from other motor vehicle accidents due to the potential number of parties involved in a case. In a regular car accident, it is easy to pinpoint the other driver as the at-fault party. In a truck accident case, we will consider the truck driver, trucking company, truck manufacturer, the owner of the cargo, the cargo loaders, the maintenance company and any other relevant parties.
Like with other motor vehicle accident cases, you must prove that someone else’s recklessness or negligence caused the accident and your injury. In a truck accident case, this can be complicated when multiple parties are involved.
Types Of Injuries From Truck Accidents
Commercial trucks are much larger and heavier than passenger vehicles. The size and weight difference alone can cause a harsh impact that often leads to lifelong injuries. Common physical injuries include road rash, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries and spinal injuries. Accident victims may also face lifelong emotional impacts, such as crippling anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and trauma.
The Legal Process For Truck Accident Claims
The legal process for truck accident claims works similarly as in other personal injury cases. However, the main difference is the number of parties and investigative work that goes into preparing a truck accident case.
At Rutberg Breslow Personal Injury Law, our lawyers have the experience necessary to efficiently establish liability and determine the at-fault parties. Our team consists of skilled negotiators and fierce litigators, making us ready for anything as we guide you through your case.
Seeking Compensation For Damages
After a truck accident, you can recover damages for your monetary expenses and for the emotional distress the accident caused you.
While every case is different, we will seek compensation to cover all of your:
- Current and future medical bills related to the crash
- Therapies: physical, mental health, occupational
- Medical equipment related to your accident including accommodations made to your home or car
- Lost or damaged property including your vehicle and items in the vehicle
- Mental anguish, pain and suffering
- Lost wages including the money you would have earned if you’d been able to advance in your career had you not been injured
We will take the time to thoroughly review your case and determine which damages you can pursue. We also have experience calculating future damages, such as future medical and rehabilitative costs. If you lost a loved one in a truck accident, we can help you file a wrongful death claim that includes compensation for funeral costs, loss of income and loss of companionship.
Dealing With Insurance Companies After A Truck Accident
After your accident, you may receive settlement offers from the insurance company. However, we urge clients to take the time to think about it before accepting anything. Insurers often try to settle cases quickly and cheaply. They do not take into consideration all of your suffering and pain and will offer you less than you deserve. At Rutberg Breslow Personal Injury Law, our attorneys will take over negotiations and communications with insurers to save you time, stress and money.
From Helping You With Settlement Discussions To Arguing Your Case In Front Of A Jury, You Can Count On Us
Decades of experience helping clients with all forms of motor vehicle accidents has led to a deep understanding of the best tactics in a personal injury case. We will always do what is best for you. If your case can be settled outside of court, we will work hard to ensure that negotiations run smoothly.
If settlement negotiations do not work, we will take your case to court and fight for your interests in front of a judge and jury. With skilled litigators and negotiators on our team, you can trust that your case will be in the best possible hands.
The Skilled Legal Guidance You Need After A Devastating Truck Accident
We offer a completely free consultation to anyone who was involved in a semi, tractor-trailer or delivery van accident. Time is crucial in these accidents as evidence can disappear quickly. The sooner we can investigate your accident the better.