Occupants of a smaller vehicle that is involved in an accident with a large truck are highly likely to sustain severe injuries or fatalities. The suffering is often compounded by the fact that trucking companies nearly always have teams of specialized lawyers ready to defend them and their drivers. For the accident victims, getting fair compensation can be a daunting, uphill battle.
When you bring a New York truck accident case to a lawyer at The Licatesi Law Group, you benefit from our nearly four decades of experience taking on trucking companies and obtaining results for our injured clients.
Trucking accidents are often more catastrophic than auto accidents. A major reason for their severity is the vehicles’ weight. When an auto weighing about 3,000 pounds collides with an 80,000-pound tractor trailer, there’s little chance that the vehicle occupants will come out unscathed. The greater weight also makes it very difficult for a truck to stop quickly to avoid an accident. A car traveling 65 mph requires about 100 yards to stop. An 80,000-pound tractor-trailer needs about 2,000 yards. A truck’s large size is a disadvantage when it comes to sight lines. When a tractor-trailer changes lanes or makes a turn, the driver has large blind spots, resulting in a hazardous situation for any vehicle traveling in the blind spot.
Our attorneys understand the effect of these vehicle differences on the severity of bodily injury and property damage in a crash and we leverage that knowledge when building a case.
Trucking accidents can be caused by failure to follow regulations, resulting in claims significantly more complex to pursue than those for typical car accidents. Even before a truck gets on the road, trucking companies must follow regulations pertaining to safety inspections, the safe loading of cargo and even driver schedules. Once on the road, drivers must take required rest periods and other safety rules to ensure they remain alert as they make long runs.
Truck accidents can also be complicated by the number of potentially liable parties. In addition to the truck’s driver and owner, liability may be shared by the company that leased the truck, the shipper that loaded it, the maintenance company that made repairs and the manufacturer of the truck or any component part that may have been a partial cause of the accident.
Each auto accident attorney at our firm stays on top of state and federal trucking regulations, and we understand the intricacies and complexities of the trucking industry that can affect your case.
Our attorneys work closely with clients to determine what happened during the collision and help them choose the best method for pursuing their claims. In addition to gathering evidence directly from the scene, we conduct a thorough investigation of all issues connected with the accident.
When we present your claim to the insurers of the trucking company and other potential defendants, we vigorously negotiate to reach a settlement that brings you swift and fair reimbursement for your short- and long-term medical expenses, lost wages and other damages. However, insurers often dig in their heels, refusing to make full compensation. We are will be prepared to file a lawsuit and take the case to trial if it is necessary to vindicate your rights.
With more than 30 years of experience with personal injury matters, The Licatesi Law Group in Brooklyn serves truck accident victims and their families in Brooklyn and throughout New York City. We operate on a contingency-fee basis, meaning you pay no legal fee unless we recover compensation for your case. Call us at 516-227-2662 or contact us online to set up a free initial consultation.
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