Collisions involving large trucks tend to cause considerable collateral damage and severe injuries. From New York State’s Department of Motor Vehicles Traffic Safety Statistical Repository, there were 1,629 large truck crashes reported in Nassau County in 2018. From those collisions, 9 people lost their lives.
If you have suffered injuries due to a collision with a large truck in Oyster Bay, NY, you may be able to collect compensation for your injuries. A truck accident lawyer servicing Oyster Bay from our firm can help you build a claim and negotiate with the insurance companies on your behalf. If we are unable to reach a fair settlement, we can take your case to trial and pursue a court award. In addition, we offer our services on a contingency-fee basis. You pay nothing out of pocket. We only collect payment if we win, so you have nothing to lose.
Call Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. at (516) 451-7900 for a free case review.
For a free legal consultation with a truck accidents lawyer serving Oyster Bay, call 516-451-7900
How Trucking Collisions Are Similar to Car Crashes
Truck collisions can occur for much the same reason as any passenger car crash. Those causes could include:
- Driving under the influence
- Drowsy driving
- Distracted driving
- Reckless driving
- Aggressive driving
The injuries victims experience in truck collisions are equally as similar, such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Neck, back, and spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Permanent disabilities
- Internal injuries
- Lost bodily functions
- Burns and lacerations
And in severe collisions, people have lost their lives.
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Proving Liability in a Truck Crash Can Be Complex
There are three ways that truck collisions can differ from those between passenger cars: size, cargo, and liability. Starting with size, your average sedan weighs around 3,000 pounds. A commercial truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, per the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). With the increased mass, these vehicles require more time to stop, and the force of an impact, even at slower speeds, can cause traumatic results in property damage and physical injuries.
Larger trucks are typically used to transport materials and goods. The cargo they carry can be contained in a trailer or strapped down to a flatbed. If those goods are not secured properly, they can shift and move, either throwing the load off balance or falling from the truck and striking another vehicle.
Finally, due to the nature of a commercial vehicle, there are numerous parties involved with the operation of the vehicle. There can be multiple liable parties involved who may include:
- The driver: any collision due to negligence will first address the driver’s fault.
- The owner: the driver of the truck may not own the truck. Since the owner put the driver on the road, the owner shares in the fault through the principle of vicarious liability, per the Legal Information Institute (LII).
- The trucking company: in cargo and shipping companies, the truck may be owned by one party, but the trailer and contents owned by a trucking company, or the trucking company owns the entire vehicle. However the arrangement, the trucking company could be liable as well due to negligent practices placed on drivers and cargo.
- The truck or parts manufacturer: faulty brakes and defective tires have been known to cause truck collisions, and the manufacturers of these defective parts bear a responsibility.
- The mechanic: the parties responsible for the maintenance of the truck could also be liable if they failed to perform regular service.
- The municipality: even the condition of the road can be cause for a truck collision. The city, county, state, or federal agency responsible for the road may be liable for poor road conditions.
The Liable Party May Be Holding Evidence Needed
Federal regulations require truck drivers and trucking companies to keep records of their operations. The evidence you may need to show negligence on the part of one of those parties may be held by them. To obtain those records, you will need to file a spoliation letter to prevent the destruction of that evidence.
The evidence may include:
- The driver’s rest logs, as required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
- Data from the truck’s computer and/or dashcam video
- Maintenance logs on the truck
- Inspection logs
- Any other records regarding the driver, truck, or load, such as disciplinary records and damage reports
- The driver’s drug and alcohol testing results after the collision
If you have suffered personal injuries in a truck collision, call Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. at (516) 451-7900. A truck accident lawyer servicing Oyster Bay may be able to collect the evidence you need to build a strong claim for compensation of your losses.
Learn How a Truck Crash Attorney in Oyster Bay Can Help You
Your injuries following a truck collision have probably left you in a difficult position. Having mounting bills, medical care and being out of work with the possibility of no income for the time being, you should not have to worry about building your own claim for compensation. We can help you.
We offer the following services for personal injury clients:
- Investigation: we will gather documents, reports, and records relevant to your case. That includes paperwork from your doctors on your diagnosis and recovery, police reports, and records from the trucking company and driver. We can visit the scene, speak with eyewitnesses, identify the liable parties, review photographic evidence, and watch video footage where possible. If necessary, we will even consult with medical experts and accident reconstruction specialists.
- Calculation: based on the evidence, we will determine a fair settlement value for your losses. We include not only economic losses but will also determine a value of your non-economic losses.
- Representation: with evidence collected and a fair settlement value, we will present the liable parties’ insurers with a claim. We will speak on your behalf. We will be available to answer any of your questions regarding legal principles or relevant laws pertaining to your case. We will negotiate for your compensation, and if we cannot reach a fair settlement offer, we will pursue compensation through trial for you.
If you have suffered injuries in a truck collision, call (516) 451-7900 for a free case review with Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. A truck accident lawyer servicing Oyster Bay can help you recover the compensation you are entitled to. We also have staff fluent in Spanish to answer your questions.