The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that approximately 80,000 people in the U.S. were injured in motor vehicle accidents involving trucks, and 3,675 people were killed. Drivers and passengers of other motor vehicles made up over 70 percent of these injuries and fatalities, while truck drivers and occupants made up less than 30 percent. When trucks are involved in accidents with smaller motor vehicles, the drivers and passengers of cars are at a greater risk of suffering serious injuries.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, you should explore all of your options. Negligent drivers may be held responsible for accidents they cause, and they may be liable for your compensation. When preparing to pursue an injury claim, retain the NYC truck accident attorneys of Jaroslawicz & Jaros. Our legal team has recovered more than $2 billion for our clients in verdicts and settlements. Call our firm today and consider your legal options. We can contribute 300+ years of combined experience to your case.
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Causes Of Truck Accidents
Commercial vehicles like trucks often weigh more than 10,000 pounds. Vehicles of such size are useful for freight and passenger transportation. They also have a greater potential for causing serious damages in a collision. State laws regulate the operation of trucks and other commercial vehicles to minimize risks of accidents. When truck accidents do occur, it is possible that the accident resulted from the truck driver’s negligent actions.
Examples Of Negligent And Reckless Behavior Include The Following:
- Driving while drowsy/tired
- Aggressive driving maneuvers
- Driving while under the influence of drugs/alcohol
- Distracted driving
- Illegal driving maneuvers
- Failure to check blind spots
- Failure to maintain a vehicle
Commercial vehicle regulations strictly outline the length of truck driver shifts, rest breaks and safe driving habits to help keep everyone on the road safe. Driving aggressively, while drowsy or while distracted is a problem that can arise when truck drivers violate regulations either through reckless actions or by neglecting their duties. If your injuries are the result of an accident caused by a truck driver’s negligence, hold the responsible party accountable for your damages!
Learn More About Truck Accidents With Our Additional Resources:
- Common causes of truck accidents
- Failure to maintain commercial vehicles
- The risks of tired and fatigued driving
- Tractor-trailer accidents
No-Fault Insurance Benefits
In New York, driver insurance automatically covers your injuries and damages in an accident without having to establish fault. This is known as no-fault insurance, and in a truck accident, this may cover the cost of your injuries and property damage. However, there are two factors of no-fault benefits to consider: the insurance is not guaranteed to cover the entire cost of your accident, and you cannot recover compensation for negligence if you also recover compensation for no-fault insurance.
If you suffer catastrophic injuries, serious property damage or loss of a loved one in a wrongful death because of a truck accident, your no-fault benefits may not cover all of your expenses. In these situations, it may be better to decline your no-fault insurance and file an injury claim for negligence. Our personal injury lawyers in New York City may be able to help you pursue a course of action that will secure compensation for your financial burdens.
A Successful Personal Injury Lawsuit May Award Compensation For The Following:
- Medical costs for treatment, surgery, etc.
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of present and future wages
- Physical/emotional pain and suffering
- Out-of-pocket expenses for transportation, funeral costs, etc.
At Jaroslawicz & Jaros, our team of skilled truck accident attorneys has the experience and legal training to fight hard on your behalf in a personal injury or wrongful death case. We work closely with our clients, never passing cases off to inexperienced paralegals or secretaries. When you retain Jaroslawicz & Jaros, you can be confident that you will always be working with a lawyer who has the legal prowess and competency to help you address your unique situation with confidence. Contact our firm today!