Every year, tens of thousands of heavy commercial trucks are involved in serious accidents that maim, injure, and kill. Since New York’s Long Island serves as a major trucking corridor for millions of road freight miles traveled each year, our area’s residents are at particularly high risk for these devastating accidents.
Truck accidents in our state are numerous, with 1,335 fatal heavy commercial vehicle accidents in New York occurring between 2006 and 2016. According to DMV statistics, 11,848 large truck crashes happened in New York state in 2014. Of those, 8,014 caused significant property damage, 3,760 caused serious but non-fatal personal injuries, and 74 directly led to someone’s death. As you can see, truck crashes on Long Island and across the state are extremely dangerous yet still happen with alarming frequency.
If you are injured in a truck accident, you don’t have to suffer in silence. You can pursue damages and negotiate tougher settlements in order to get the compensation you deserve to treat your injury and recover to your normal life.
Sarisohn, Carner & DeVita have cared for New Yorkers after their accidents with passionate legal representation for over 60 years. We fight for victims’ rights to the fullest extent of compensation available under state and federal laws.
Don’t let a catastrophic truck accident change your life permanently for the worst. Speak up, and exercise your legal rights with the help of a truck accident lawyer who’s willing to fight by your side.
Start the process of making your claim today by calling 631-543-7070 or using our form to contact us online, and you can schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.
Making a Personal Injury Claim After Your Truck Accident
Injury victims can take solace in the fact that they may be eligible for compensation when their accident was caused by the negligence of a commercial truck driver. Depending on the circumstances of their case, they may be eligible for a personal injury claim against the driver, their employer, the company that contracted the freight shipment, or others.
You can determine if your truck accident injury case has the potential for a settlement or award with the help of a Long Island personal injury lawyer. They will be able to help you determine which parties involved were potentially negligent and how much in damages your claim could be eligible for.
Potential damages include:
- Past and future medical costs
- Incidental healthcare costs made necessary by the injury
- Lost income/wages
- Pain and suffering
- Compensation for a lifelong disability caused by the injury
Why You Cannot Rely on Insurers to Always Offer Fair Compensation After a Tractor Trailer Crash
New York state mandates that every driver carry no-fault insurance to cover their own medical expenses (as well as their passengers’). In addition, every driver must also carry liability insurance in the event that their negligence causes a “serious injury” to an individual.
Unfortunately, the nature of a “serious injury” may be up for debate depending on whether an insurer wants to pay out compensation for their own policyholder’s possible liability. They will often attempt to fight claims or offer as little compensation as possible in order to boost their own profits.
Truck accident victims should know that an insurance representative will therefore not always hold their best interests in mind. They may encourage you to accept a settlement offer that does not adequately cover your damages. Or, they may imply that your personal injury claim has weak standing and thereby discourage you from pursuing the matter in court.
Situations like these are why having a Long Island personal injury lawyer working for you can dramatically help your chances at a successful claim. Insurance representatives make settling claims a full-time job, whereas the average accident victim has zero experience handling these matters. With an attorney helping them with their case, semi truck accident victims can make smart strategic moves and negotiate like a true professional in order to stick up for their own interests.
How a Long Island Truck Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You With Your Claim
In addition to negotiating with insurers as described above, your personal injury attorney can help you strategize your case and identify all potentially liable parties.
Trucking accident liability can be a complicated legal matter, especially when out-of-state drivers or contractors are involved. There may be several potentially liable parties at play, including:
- The truck driver
- Their employing or contracting freight company
- The company or business responsible for maintaining the semi trucks and trailers
- The company contracting and scheduling the shipment, in certain instances
In some cases, any or all of these types of parties may be involved. Your truck accident injury lawyer will examine the facts of your case and investigate the role each party played in potentially contributing to the accident. They will then assemble evidence needed to strengthen your claim, such as documenting your injury or tracing the involvement of third or fourth-party companies.
In addition to these services, your representative truck accident attorney will also ensure that your obligations to bring forth your case and pursue it are met. Legal motions require the filing of multiple types of paperwork accurately and on-time. Missing any of these deadlines can cause a judge to quickly dismiss a claim, or it can cause a victim to be at the mercy of an insurance carrier’s paltry settlement offer since they have no other recourse.
Don’t shut off avenues to obtaining your fair compensation after your accident. You can work with a knowledgeable, compassionate attorney who will help guide you every step of the way during your personal injury case.
Contact Sarisohn, Carner & DeVita’s Long Island injury attorneys for a free, no-obligation consultation. Just one call or click could mean the difference in your ability to recover medically, financially, and mentally after your truck collision.