Commercial trucks pose unique dangers to other vehicles on the road. Weighing up to 80,000 pounds, the average big rig is more than 20 times heavier than the average passenger vehicle. This weight difference can be disastrous for the latter in a collision. If you suffered a serious injury or lost a loved one in a recent trucking accident, contact the New York City attorneys at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo, P.C., to discuss your case.
Trucking companies in New York know how to combat personal injury claims. They often have aggressive attorneys and plenty of resources to fight liability for damages. It can be difficult to go up against a truck company’s insurance provider without legal representation. The insurance company may try to offer a lowball settlement or unfairly deny your claim. Hiring a lawyer to represent you during settlement negotiations can help you achieve fair results. It also lets you relax and focus on healing while your lawyer takes care of complex legal processes.
Almost all trucking accidents are preventable. They occur when one or more parties fail to fulfill their duties to others on the roadway. Unsafe trucks, reckless drivers, and dangerous roadway conditions can contribute to deadly commercial truck crashes. Although a truck accident can happen for many reasons, some reasons are more common than others.
Determining liability for your recent trucking accident may take help from investigators. If you have serious and disabling personal injuries from the wreck, you may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the trucking company and/or another defendant. To obtain compensation, your lawyer must prove that the defendant owed you a duty of care, breached this duty, and caused your damages.
Successfully proving negligence during a trucking accident claim could result in compensation for your past and future medical bills, lost income, property damages, and pain and suffering. You may also be eligible for punitive damages if the defendant was grossly negligent or reckless. Although a claim will not reverse your damages, it can help you and your family move forward.
Contact our NYC law firm if you believe someone else may be responsible for your truck accident losses. Whether you suffered catastrophic injuries or lost a loved one, we can help. Let us review your case for free during a no-obligation consultation. Call (212) 732-9000 anytime to set up your appointment.