Commercial vehicles such as semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, big rigs, and eighteen wheelers are a constant feature on the road. These vehicles are important to our economy and ensure that we have the products we need. However, along with their utility trucks are often the cause of severe and catastrophic accidents. Truck drivers have to navigate difficult road conditions and make special accommodations for their vehicle. Need to be aware of the special circumstances, hazards and dangers that are presented by these types of commercial vehicles. These large commercial vehicles also present unique dangers. Insignificant driving errors with small vehicles, especially at higher highway speeds, may result in catastrophic events if a semi-truck, tractor trailer or eighteen-wheeler is involved.
If you have suffered severe injuries or the death of a loved one in an accident with a large truck, bus, or another commercial vehicle the lawyers of Reiff Law Firm’s The Truck Accident Team may be able to fight for you. To schedule a free and confidential legal consultation call (215) 246-9000 or contact us online today.
Westchester County Roads
Westchester County is situated in the Hudson Valley and is made up of almost fifty municipalities and towns. Westchester County is served by:
- Interstate 87 (the New York State Thruway),
- Interstate 95, Interstate 287 (the Cross Westchester Expressway), and
- Interstate 684
Additionally, there are several parkways located in Westchester County including:
- Bronx River Parkway,
- Cross County Parkway,
- Hutchinson River Parkway,
- Saw Mill River Parkway,
- Sprain Brook Parkway,
- Taconic State Parkway
On September 24, 2016, a tanker carrying highly flammable chemicals rolled over and blocked traffic on Interstate 87 for several hours. The truck was just north of Exit 16 when his vehicle carrying the volatile chemical vinyl acetate, an ingredient used in industrial glue, rolled over and spilled the liquid on the road. While fortunately no one was injured in this vehicle, it does highlight that one of the dangers of being in an accident with a commercial vehicle or tractor trailer, is what they are carrying as cargo. Tractor trailer drivers can cause accidents in many ways: Driver fatigue, speeding, poor tire or brake maintenance, overloading, following too closely, failing to yield to other vehicles, failing to obey stop signs or other traffic control signals such as red lights, cell phone use, CB radio use, speeding and many other acts of carelessness
What can I Sue for?
The amount of force that is behind a collision or accident with a tractor trailer is daunting. Anytime a car collides with a tractor trailer, the resulting injuries can be and likely will be severe. Some of the more common injuries in a truck accident include crushing injuries, paralysis, burns, broken bones, nerve damage, and even death. Even with insurance, the expenses that can go along with an accident can be severe. If you have been involved in an accident with a truck you should contact an experienced attorney who will devote the time to conduct a thorough examination of the accident and can help obtain justice on your behalf. Generally, you are entitled to any of the following forms of compensation:
Current medical bills
Even with the best insurance going to the hospital or seeking medical care can cost you thousands of dollars of out of pocket expenses. If you have been injured as a result of a truck accident you may be entitled to compensation for your current medical bills.
Future medical bills
Because of the severity of most truck accident injuries, most will have to undergo continuing medical care and treatment. This may include many different forms of therapy such as rehabilitation, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and even neurotherapy. However, some insurance companies will not cover ongoing treatment past a certain time or may not cover it at all.
Pain and suffering
Many accident survivors have significant and ongoing injuries that require them to be on strong medications to curtail the pain and suffering related to their injuries. If you have been in an accident with a tractor-trailer or other commercial vehicle, then you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering.
Permanent injury or disability
Not only can you sustain injuries that require you to seek medical attention, many injuries can be so severe that they result in permanent injury and disability. This can leave victims unable to work or unable to do the tasks and activities they once enjoyed. All too often truck accidents result in permanent impairments and or disabilities.
However, trucking companies are not eager to hand over a payment for any of these expenses. In addition, insurance companies will also fight with victims claiming that their injury is not worth what they say it is and will employ high-pressure tactics to avoid paying for the injuries. Trucking companies and insurance companies will also attempt to shift the blame on to the injured driver so as to avoid having to pay for their driver’s negligence. Often these companies will hire investigators to come to the scene and or a person’s house and subject them to a barrage of questions as well as to try and force them to sign liability releases. That is why you need a team of attorneys at your side who are not intimidated by these high-pressure tactics and will fight for your rights and the compensation you deserve.
Call a Westchester County, NY Truck Accident Lawyer Attorney Today
Were you or a loved one hurt in a tractor-trailer or big-rig collision? Don’t wait to pursue justice. Contact a truck accident lawyer to learn about your legal rights. The lawyers of Reiff Law Firm’s The Truck Accident Team may be able to fight for you. To schedule a free and confidential legal consultation call (215) 246-9000 or contact us online today.