If you have been involved in a serious commercial truck accident with an 18-wheeler or other commercial truck, you may be entitled to damages. Commercial trucks’ large size and significant weight often mean that the injuries inflicted are significantly worse than those typically suffered in other accidents. The truck accident injury lawyers of Reiff Law Firm’s The Truck Accident Team may be able to fight for you. To schedule a free and confidential consultation call (215) 246-9000 or contact us online today.
Why Do Truck Accidents Happen on Interstate 87 in New York?
Interstate 87 runs for nearly 334 miles through New York. This road carries drivers through Yonkers before entering Fordham Heights and West Bronx, hugging the east bank of the Harlem River. Local residents may also know this highway as the New York State Thruway. Located entirely within the state of New York, this road cuts through large rural, semi-rural, suburban, and urban swathes of land near the state’s western border.
Most accidents happen because one or more drivers was at fault. The theory of fault for truck accidents is usually negligence. Negligence is a legal term that means that one driver failed to act reasonably when they were operating their vehicle.
Any time a driver is behind the wheel of a truck or any other vehicle, they are required to drive in such a manner as to not needlessly endanger other motorists on the road. The law requires that all drivers, including semi-trailer drivers, to drive in a way that a reasonably prudent person would drive. This requires that a truck driver not engage in dangerous driving behaviors such as failing to yield, or failing to signal before changing lanes. If a driver does not follow the rules of the road, and needlessly endangers another driver, they may be held liable for an accident and any resulting injuries.
Common injuries Caused by 18-Wheeler Accidents on I-87
Car accidents can be traumatic. However, truck accidents can be downright devastating. Considering that a fully loaded truck can weigh 80,000 pounds, it is easy to see that even an accident at a low speed can result in traumatic injuries.
Any time a driver is negligent, the person injured will have the burden of proving their negligence. The injured party, or the one who is asserting that the another driver was negligent, must show that the other driver was not acting as a reasonably prudent driver and as a result, the failure caused the party’s injuries.
Injuries in truck accidents are very common and can result in victims sustaining medical expenses, losing wages, and even losing their lives. Sustaining a broken bone or broken bones are some of the most common injuries associated with truck accidents due to the sheer inertia and force behind a truck accident. Often in 18-wheeler accidents in New York, the victim will sustain more than one broken bone and will require the care and treatment of medical professionals. In addition to broken bones, whiplash is another fairly common injury that truck accident victims sustain. This injury is caused by the head moving rapidly forward, straining the muscles and ligaments in the neck.
However, these are not the only injury types that are common in trucking accidents, and unfortunately, many of these accidents are severe. Because of the sheer weight and size of a truck, spinal cord injuries, head trauma, paralysis, and even wrongful death are common. These cases are some of the most trying for those who are injured and for their families, which is why it is critical to work with an experienced team of attorneys who can help you deal with insurance companies while working to see that you are fully compensated for all of your injuries.
What Compensation Can a Truck Crash Victim Receive from a Settlement?
Truck accidents in New York are treated as negligence cases, which, as discussed above, involve the injured driver or motorists proving that their injuries resulted from a truck driver not driving his or her truck as a reasonably prudent driver would. The amount of money that an injured driver can recover depends on the severity of their injury. New York law allows for an injured driver to recover for both economic damages as well as non-economic damages.
Economic damages are generally those types of damages that you can put a monetary amount on. Common economic damage types that an injured driver can recover as a result of a truck accident include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Property damage
The above damages are what are known as compensatory damages, because they compensate the victim. However, New York law also allows for punitive damages which are meant to punish a driver because their acts were so outrageous or so outside the scope of someone who is reasonable that thy should be punished for their actions.
Non-economic damages in a personal injury case are those damages that account for both past and future pain as a result of an accident. Non-economic damages can include:
- Pain and suffering
- Physical impairment
- Loss of consortium
These injury types are much more difficult to prove than economic damages, and are a common source of conflict during litigation. That is why you need an experienced attorney by your side who is able to defend your right to recover for all your injuries following an accident.
New York Truck Accident Lawyers Handling Wrongful Death Claims
To schedule a private, no-cost evaluation, call the law offices of Reiff Law Firm’s The Truck Accident Team at (215) 246-9000 or contact us online. If the statute of limitations expires, your window of legal opportunity will close and you won’t be able to pursue a claim, so contact us for assistance as soon as possible.