Nassau County Truck Accident Lawyers
Any vehicle accident can be devastating. Trucking accidents, however, are often more serious due to the size of the vehicles. Commercial trucks carry one of the highest rates of accidents on the roadways and the industry is considered one of the most dangerous in the U.S. According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, there were 11,452 large trucking accidents in New York in 2013. Of those, almost 4,000 individuals suffered injury as a result of these accidents. Our Nassau County truck accident lawyers have consistently secured excellent recoveries for our clients through aggressive and exceptional litigation.
Even a small fender bender has the potential to cause lasting injuries. Neck and spinal cord injuries from whiplash can be just as serious as bigger accidents featured in the media. If you are involved in a trucking accident, seek medical attention immediately. Even if you do not suspect you are injured, a medical examination can help you determine if there are any injuries that may surface later.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Many factors may contribute to a trucking accident and the experienced Nassau County truck accident attorneys understand them. Truck drivers are responsible for maintaining their vehicles according to state and federal regulations. Those who fail to inspect their trucks before and after each trip put lives at risk every day. Other times, failure to use caution during bad weather can turn into a devastating experience. Here are some of the common causes of trucking accidents:
- Distraction. Distracted driving is dangerous in any vehicle, but particularly for truck drivers. Trucks naturally have more blind spots than the average vehicle. It only takes a few seconds of focus away from the road to miss a car, swerve, or otherwise cause an accident.
- Poor maintenance. Tire blowouts are common occurrences that other drivers should be aware of on the roadways. However, blowouts that could have been reasonably prevented or parts of the truck flying off during transit can cause serious injury and even death. Simple oversights, such as blown headlights, can also contribute to accident risk.
- Extenuating Factors. The trucking industry operates on expedient delivery times and often fails to take driver’s ability into consideration. Truck drivers who push the limits of tiredness and speed to get deliveries to their locations quickly put everyone around them at risk. While many trucking companies are taking steps to alleviate these factors, many are not doing enough to encourage safe driving habits.
Finding a Truck Accident Lawyer
The Nassau County personal injury attorneys at Rosenberg & Gluck, LLP specialize in trucking accidents. We know the roadways of Nassau County and the surrounding areas, and understand the dangers citizens face every day. Our approach to trucking cases involves investigating every aspect of the accident. From relying on expert technicians who can independently evaluate the truck to using technology to recreate the scene, we focus on determining all mitigating factors.
We look into truck drivers’ records, training histories, and logbooks to prove negligence. Many times, a trucking company has cut corners or otherwise violated regulation. As a result, clients in Nassau County are able to receive the compensation they need to get back to their lives.
What to do After a Trucking Accident
Facing injury can be overwhelming, even without considering the legal ramifications. After you receive medical treatment for your injuries, make sure that you or a loved one keeps accurate records of the treatment, costs, and diagnoses. This information will be instrumental in proving your case for compensation.
Avoid talking to any insurance, trucking company, or other representatives who approach you after an accident. Only speak with your attorney to ensure that the information you provide is not twisted later on. Cooperate with law enforcement, but only talk about the facts. Never talk about accident fault or make guesses about the circumstances. The seasoned Nassau County truck accident lawyers at Rosenberg & Gluck, LLP can help you navigate further communications with representatives. Contact us today for a free consultation.