A collision with a truck can affect your health, your livelihood, your financial stability, and your family. You may be eligible for monetary compensation to help you cover necessary expenses and to compensate you for the many ways the collision has changed your life. Call Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. at (516) 451-7900 to learn more about how a Westbury truck accident lawyer can be of assistance.
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Who May Be at Fault in a Truck Collision
Every crash is different. This includes differences in liable parties. A liable party is someone responsible for an event, either through negligence, recklessness, or an honest mistake. Possible liable parties include:
- The truck driver: Drivers can mess up in many ways, including driving too fast, texting and driving, or drinking and driving.
- The trucking company: Some companies do not maintain their vehicles as well as they should, increasing the risk of a malfunction. Others may pressure their drivers to take unsafe actions (e.g., forego breaks) to save time or money.
- An auto manufacturer: If a faulty truck part caused your collision, you may be able to hold the manufacturer responsible for allowing such a part to hit the market.
- A maintenance company: Contractors are often hired to inspect and repair vehicles and inspect and repair the roadway. Any mistakes on their part could increase the chance of a collision.
If you do not know who the liable party is in your case, that is okay. As we will discuss later, a lawyer would be happy to investigate your collision and determine who you should file your lawsuit against.
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You May Be Eligible for Damages
If you need compensation after a collision with a truck, you may be able to get it from two different sources.
First, as the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) states, you may be eligible for basic compensation through your own no-fault insurance policy. This compensation will cover a limited amount of economic damages, including medical expenses.
Second, you may sue the liable party or parties for the compensation you need. A lawsuit can get you a much more diverse array of damages than no-fault insurance coverage can. Some common examples are listed below.
Non-economic damages, which cover your physical and mental injuries, may include:
- Pain and suffering: Your physical health and emotional wellbeing have declined due to your injuries.
- Scarring: Your appearance, range of motion, and self-confidence have been affected by the scars your injuries left behind.
- Loss of quality of life: You had to give up fun or basic activities (e.g., walking around the block) and get help from others (e.g., carrying heavy objects).
- Loss of consortium: Your relationship with your spouse has not been the same since the collision.
Economic damages, which cover your financial costs, may include:
- Medical costs: Your injuries were serious enough to warrant medical attention, or you will need palliative care for the rest of your life.
- Miscellaneous costs: You needed to hire someone to help you with basic chores, like childcare or lawn care.
- Loss of wages: Your injuries kept you from working for days, weeks, or longer after the crash.
- Loss of employment: Your injuries will keep you from ever returning to your old job and/or being able to find gainful employment.
No matter how you decide to pursue compensation, Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. can help you file your case and calculate how much money you may be able to recover. We will even represent you at trial if necessary. Give us a call at (516) 451-7900. A member of our team is standing by to speak with you at no charge and no obligation.
Let a Lawyer Help You File
Under New York Civil Practice Law & Rules (CVP) §214, you generally have three years from the date of the collision to file a personal injury lawsuit. This time limit may be shorter, depending on who you are suing. Therefore, it is a good idea to consult a lawyer sooner rather than later to avoid running out of time to bring your case.
Among other things, a Westbury truck accident lawyer can help you:
- Investigate your case: We will turn to medical records, surveillance footage, eyewitness testimony, and more to find evidence that supports your case.
- Handle paperwork: No task is too small for your lawyer to take care of. That includes all of the paperwork associated with your lawsuit.
- Communicate with others: If the liable party or anyone representing them wants to talk to you, they can do so through us.
- Negotiate a settlement: Accepting a pretrial settlement is often faster than going to trial. Your lawyer will fight hard for a fair settlement that meets your needs and then review the agreement with you before you sign it.
- Go to trial: In the event that the insurance company does not offer a fair settlement, we are willing to go to trial on your behalf. We will submit our evidence to the judge, question witnesses, deliver oral arguments, and more.
- Understand your legal options: If ever you do not understand something or are unsure about what to do, pick up the phone and call us. Your lawyer will take the time to explain everything to your satisfaction.
Not sure if you can afford a lawyer? Not to worry, we work on a contingency-fee-basis. This means we take our fee out of whatever money we help you to recover. Unless and until you receive compensation, you do not owe us a penny.
Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. serves Westbury, New York and other communities throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties, as well as the metro area. A Westbury truck accident lawyer from our office would be happy to represent you in your fight for compensation. To get started or to ask for more information, call us at (516) 451-7900. We also can also communicate with you in Spanish if needed.