New York Truck Accident Lawyers
Large commercial trucks fulfill an extremely important role in our economy, transporting trillions of dollars worth of goods and cargo across our nation’s highways every year. Unfortunately, because of their size and weight, these vehicles can place other drivers on the road at risk of suffering a serious injury or worse in the event of an accident. Because of the terrible impact that these types of injuries can have on an individual’s life, those who are hurt in a truck accident may be entitled to pursue financial compensation for their losses.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a truck accident, we can help you take action. Contact the New York truck accident lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP, at (212) 779-0057 today to speak with a qualified legal professional about the possible merits of legal action in your case.
How We Can Help
Large commercial trucks are some of the most dangerous vehicles on our nation’s roadways. Therefore, a failure to exercise appropriate care and caution with these vehicles can put unsuspecting motorists at risk of being involved in devastating accidents. At Hach & Rose, LLP, we have the experience necessary to represent clients in cases involving:
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Truck Defect / Malfunction
- Trucking Company Negligence
- Truck Driver Error / Negligence
- No-Zone Truck Accidents
- Garbage Truck Accidents
No one who suffers an injury in a truck accident for which they were not at fault should have to bear the burdens of another party’s negligence or recklessness. A successful civil lawsuit may help you secure the financial assistance you need to pay for medical bills, lost wages, and other losses.
Example Motor Vehicle Accident Results
- $8,000,000 jury verdict for passenger on motorcycle involved in collision with car
- $2,300,000 jury verdict for pedestrian struck by New York City Transit Authority Bus
- $995,000 arbitration award for husband and wife in automobile accident
- $1,350,000 settlement for man injured in collision with tractor trailor
- $2,225,000 settlement for client in car accident
- $1,700,000 settlement for motorcycle driver in collision with car door
- $2,500,000 settlement for motor vehicle occupant involved in workplace accident
- $2,178,000 jury verdict for union member involved in a car accident
- $1,300,000 settlement during trial for woman involved in intersection collision
- $500,000 settlement for young woman struck by automobile
Click here to view more results obtained by the attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP.
Frequently Asked Questions
At Hach & Rose, LLP, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals who have been harmed because of the recklessness or negligence of another party. To help keep our clients and potential clients as informed as possible, our team of New York truck accident attorneys has compiled a list of frequently asked questions and answers for you to review. If you don’t see your questions addressed here or you would like to discuss any of these topics further, feel free to complete our online form, chat live, or contact our offices at (212) 779-0057 so that we can personally assist you with your concerns.
How much will I be able to recover for my injuries after an accident involving a truck?
The answer to this question lies entirely in your own situation. There are two types of damages that people seek: punitive and compensatory. It’s likely that you’ll be seeking compensatory damages, which simply means the responsible party will be asked to pay for costs incurred because of your injury or during recovery from the injury. These are often cut-and-clear costs, like how much you owe a hospital or wages you lost during time off, but can include harder to calculate amounts, like pain and suffering. In the case that you received an extreme injury or your loved one died due to a truck accident, punitive damages may be sought. These types of damages are meant more to punish the responsible party than to provide compensation for the injured party, which is why most personal injury lawsuits will not include them.
A New York truck driver was intoxicated when they hit my car. Who is responsible – the truck driver or the company he works for?
New York commercial truck drivers are not allowed to drive their big rigs if their blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.04% or greater. If your family member was injured in this crash, the trucker and the company that hired him can both be legally responsible for any physical and emotional injuries that your loved one has experienced.
I was injured in an accident where the truck itself malfunctioned, and the driver lost control. Is the truck driver or the owner of the truck responsible for my injuries?
Depending on the circumstances, the truck driver, the owner of the truck, or the company that the truck driver works for could all be potentially liable for your injuries. If the company that the truck driver works for or the owner of the truck failed to inspect the tires properly, they could be liable for your injuries. If the tires were defective, the manufacturer may be obligated to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. These are only two of the possible scenarios.
I was told that the trucking company’s insurance may be contacting me after a truck hit my vehicle. What should I say to their insurance company if they contact me?
It is best to not make any statement to the other insurance company except to let them know that you have legal representation. Then, let your attorney know that they called. It is also important to remember never to sign anything without your attorney present. Anything that you say or do may be used to limit your compensation. Your attorney will speak to the insurance company on your behalf, and he or she knows how to interact with insurance adjusters.
U.S. Trucking Accidents – Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), in the United States in 2014, the total number of people injured in truck-related accidents was thought to be over 111,000. This represented a 17 percent increase from the 2013 number of 95,000. In New York, there were 1,404 vehicles involved in fatal crashes in 2014. Of those, there were 104 large trucks involved in the fatal crashes. For New York, the percentage of those large trucks involved in these fatal crashes was equal to 7.4%.
Nationwide, the NHTSA reports further data regarding large truck crashes in 2014:
- “About 1 in 4 fatal large-truck crashes occurred on an interstate.”
- “61% of the fatal crashes that involved large trucks occurred in rural areas.”
- “Nearly all fatal crashes (95%) that involved large trucks occurred outside of work zones.”
- “79% of the fatal crashes that involved large trucks occurred on weekdays.”
- “Of the weekday large-truck crashes that were fatal, 71 percent occurred in the daytime between the hours of 6 a.m. to 5:59 p.m.”
Other nationwide fatality statistics involving large trucks from the NHTSA website:
- “In 2014 there were 3,903 people killed in crashes involving large trucks, a 2-percent-decrease from 2013.”
- “In 2014 seventy-three percent of people killed in large-truck crashes were occupants of the other vehicles.”
- “Seventy-nine percent of the fatal crashes involving large trucks in 2014 occurred on weekdays.”
- “Two percent of the large-truck drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2014 had blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) of .08 g/dL or higher, much lower than drivers of other vehicle types (22% for passenger cars, 22% for light trucks, and 29% for motorcycles).”
- “In 2014 drivers of large trucks in fatal crashes were less likely to have previous license suspensions or revocations than were passenger car drivers.”
- “Large-truck drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2014 had the highest percentage (14.9%) of previously recorded crashes compared to drivers of other vehicle types (motorcycles, 13.6%; passenger cars, 12.6%; and light trucks, 12.0%).”
If you or someone you know has been injured in a truck accident, do not delay seeking legal counsel. Contact the NY personal injury attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP, by calling (212) 779-0057 today to discuss your case with an experienced member of our legal team.