Being involved in an accident with an 18 wheeler tractor-trailer, semi-truck, or another commercial vehicle. Not only do these accidents result in life-threatening or deadly injuries, but they can also result in thousands of dollars in personal expenses. It can take years for you a person to recover from their injuries, and all too often those years are filled with considerable pain and suffering. Even with insurance, you may not be able to afford all the expenses that result from a truck accident.
To schedule a private, no-cost evaluation, call the law offices of Reiff & Bily’s The Truck Accident Team at (800) 861-6708 or contact us online.
What to do after a Truck Accident?
After you have been involved with any commercial vehicle whether it be a tractor-trailer, 18-wheeler, semi-truck, or another commercial vehicle it is important to contact a truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Even moments after an accident the major trucking companies are working with their lawyers who will often show up at the scene of an accident the same day.
After a truck accident is it important to do the following:
• Remain in your vehicle unless it is unsafe to do so.
• Call emergency responders and the police
• Seek prompt medical attention for any injuries you or your passengers may have sustained
• Do not move the vehicle unless it is necessary or the police instruct you to do so
• Never leave the scene of an accident
• Take down the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all people who were involved in the accident.
• Take down the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any witnesses who may have seen the accident.
• Take information from the police officer, including their name and badge number, and if possible get a business card.
• Take photographs of your vehicle and all other vehicles that were involved in the accident.
• Photograph any injuries that either you or your passenger sustained.
• Do not admit fault
• Notify your insurance company of the accident.
It is important that you do not discuss the accident with anyone, except for the police or your own insurance agent. You are not required to give a statement to anyone other than the police and your insurance company. Often trucking companies will call you almost immediately after the accident and ask you to make a recorded statement to their insurance company, and this is never a good idea. In addition, they will often send forms and agreements to your address almost immediately in an attempt to get you to settle your case.
Truck Accident types we handle:
• Drive under Accidents
• Trailer Detachments
• Runaway Trucks
Major roads in New York
Commercial vehicles travel along all major roads and even local roads throughout the state. However, while these vehicles are common on any road they pose substantial risks to drivers on the road. Some of the larger tractor trailers and commercial vehicles can weigh an astounding twenty times more than the average passenger vehicle. While these vehicles are common everywhere in the state you are very likely to see them on some of the major roads in New York including:
• Interstate 78
• Interstate 81
• Interstate 84
• Interstate 86
• Interstate 87
• Interstate 88
• Interstate 90
• Interstate 90N
• Interstate 95
• Interstate 99
• Interstate 190
• Interstate 278
• Interstate 281
• Interstate 287
• Interstate 290
• Interstate 295
• Interstate 390
• Interstate 478
• Interstate 481
• Interstate 487
• Interstate 490
• Interstate 495
• Interstate 587
• Interstate 590
• Interstate 678
• Interstate 684
• Interstate 687
• Interstate 690
• Interstate 695
• Interstate 781
• Interstate 787
• Interstate 790
• Interstate 878
• Interstate 890
• Interstate 990
These roads connect New York residents to each other as well as bring in products from other states and allow products to be shipped from New York companies to other areas of the country.
Damages in a New York Truck Accident
Anytime someone has been involved in an accident one of their first questions is invariably how much will I have to pay, and if they have been injured, how are they going to pay their medical expenses. While it is not easy to determine the amount of money that you may be awarded in a truck accident, there are certain expenses and damages that you can receive compensation for. In New York, a truck accident victim must prove that the truck driver was negligent, and support this by providing detailed and sufficient evidence of the accident and its causes. If an injured party does not prove the circumstances that lead to their accident they may be denied from compensatory damages for medical care, job loss, and the emotional pain that often accompanies a truck accident.
Truck accidents tend to be some of the most severe forms of auto accidents largely due to their overall size and incredible weight as compared to a standard passenger vehicle. These accidents tend to involve substantially more severe injuries and property damage. If you have been in a truck accident you may be able to pursue compensation for any of the following:
• Current medical bills
• Current medical bills related to the accident
• Future medical bills for ongoing treatment
• Loss of limb
• Pain and suffering
• Costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation
• Permanent injury or disability
• Property damage or loss
• Mental anguish and emotional duress
• Lost wages from time off of work
• Loss of career or earning capacity
Because New York only allows accident victims a certain amount of time to file their case, it is important that you contact an attorney to discuss a potential lawsuit as soon as possible.
Injured Due to a Truck Accident in New York? Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer For Help With Your Case
Facing an injury from a truck accident can be emotionally and physical draining. If you have been injured or lost a family member or loved one as a result of an accident, then you may be entitled to damages from the trucking company. However, do not be intimidated by the large trucking company’s pressure tactics and contact an attorney who is able to advocate for you and is not intimidated by the large companies. To schedule a private, no-cost evaluation, call the law offices of Reiff & Bily Trucking at (800) 861-6708 or contact us online.