Truck Accident Lawyer in Nassau County, NY
Large commercial trucks can cause catastrophic injury and property damage in accidents with passenger vehicles and others. Truck accidents are not only much more dangerous than collisions with smaller vehicles — a truck accident case is also more complex to resolve. Multiple parties are responsible for putting a commercial truck and its cargo on a Nassau County highway, and they’ll all work to shield themselves from financial liability after an accident.
After suffering serious injuries in a commercial vehicle accident, you may have a right to seek compensation for your medical costs, lost income, physical pain, and more. You will want a knowledgeable truck accident lawyer to guide you through the legal process.
At The Tadchiev Law Firm, P.C., we know the extensive harm trucking accidents can cause and how difficult your recovery may be. Our Nassau County truck accident attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation and demand fair compensation for you. We work to hold all responsible parties accountable and maximize compensation for clients’ medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you are dealing with a serious injury caused by a truck accident in Nassau County, NY, The Tadchiev Law Firm, P.C., is ready to help you. We’ll explain your options in a free, no-obligation legal consultation. We do not charge an attorney’s fee unless we recover money for you. For a free consultation, call us or contact us online today.
Reasons to Hire a Truck Accident Lawyer at The Tadchiev Law Firm, P.C.
The Tadchiev Law Firm, P.C., is dedicated to seeking maximum compensation for Nassau County residents who have been seriously injured in truck accidents. Our firm takes an aggressive approach when pursuing a personal injury claim for accident victims and surviving family members.
Our lawyers develop each insurance claim and personal injury lawsuit we handle with extensive medical documentation. When negotiating a settlement, our goal is obtaining maximum compensation.
Our law firm is committed to helping truck accident victims throughout Nassau County. We offer experienced legal advocacy and personalized attention to each client. We limit the number of cases we handle so we can keep the focus on each client’s recovery.
When a truck driver, truck owner, cargo shipper, or others who put large commercial vehicles on the road cause a truck accident, their insurance companies are obligated to compensate accident victims for their losses. A truck accident attorney at The Tadchiev Law Firm, P.C., can help you seek proper compensation.
How Our Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help with Your Truck Accident Case
If you engage The Tadchiev Law Firm to pursue your truck accident case, we pledge to:
- Investigate your truck accident and determine what parties should be held financially responsible.
- Help you understand your own no-fault insurance benefits and obtain the compensation it provides you.
- Build your claim and present compensation demands backed by solid evidence to insurers.
- Negotiate aggressively with insurers.
- File a truck accident lawsuit if necessary and present a solid case in court.
- Give you the full attention that you deserve.
- Answer your questions about the law and how it affects your truck accident claim.
- Take the pressure off you by dealing with every aspect of your claim.
Who Can Be Held Responsible for a Truck Accident
In addition to the increased damage likely when a semi-truck or other large commercial truck crashes, these accidents differ from passenger car collisions. That’s because several parties may share liability. Your truck accident claim could demand compensation from one or more of these parties:
- The Truck Driver – Most truck accidents are caused by driver error. But truckers are also responsible for their vehicles. Federal rules require truckers to conduct daily safety inspections of their vehicles and their cargo. Truck drivers also have strict Hours of Service (HOS) regulations for time behind the wheel and required rest periods that they can be held liable for violating.
- The Driver’s Employer – Trucking companies, or “motor carriers,” have legal responsibility for the actions of their employees, including drivers and employees who maintain or load trucks, and for the trucks they put on the road. They need to perform or otherwise ensure regular repair and maintenance of their vehicles. A company may be held liable for negligence that contributed to an accident. Such negligence includes hiring unqualified or unlicensed drivers, failing to test drivers for drug use as required by law, pressuring drivers to stay on the road, and violating HOS regulations.
- The Truck Owner – Truckers do not always own the truck they drive. In some cases, the driver or the driver’s employer may rent the truck from a third party. A third-party owner is responsible for ensuring the truck is fit to be on the road and may be held liable if failure to maintain the vehicle played a part in the crash.
- Cargo Shippers and Loaders – Every load of cargo must be loaded and balanced according to federal regulations before a trucker takes it on the road. If shifting cargo contributes to an accident, the trucking company is responsible for the negligence of its workers assigned these duties. When companies outsource cargo loading and shipping to service vendors who fail to meet safety standards, these third parties may be liable for crashes that result.
- Truck and Parts Manufacturers – If the failure of a defective part or system on the truck (brakes, tires, couplings, lighting, engine components, etc.) contributed to an accident, the manufacturer, wholesaler, and/or retailer may be liable.
A commercial truck accident lawyer can work to identify the liable parties in a collision, whether it’s the trucking company, the driver, or other parties.
Investigating Your Nassau County Truck Accident
Commercial trucks and truck drivers must meet strict federal and state laws to operate on New York highways. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) administers trucking regulations for every aspect of a truck driver’s duties, as well as truck maintenance and cargo loads. The FMCSA requires the trucking industry to record most aspects of their operations, which produces documents that an experienced attorney can obtain as a part of an investigation. Violation of FMCSA trucking regulations can lead to a legal finding of fault against the trucking company, truck owner, driver, and/or another party when it can be shown to have contributed to the truck crash.
If our truck accident lawyers are retained before records are discarded, we can obtain maintenance records and other evidence through a court order to support our truck accident cases, such as:
- Daily Hours of Service logs that record the driver’s rest and work periods
- Driver cell phone records
- Maintenance and repair records
- Inspection records
- The truck driver’s medical history
- Electronic data recorder databases, which record a wealth of information about the truck’s operations when a wreck occurs
- Footage from in-cab driver-facing cameras, which some carriers are installing to monitor driver activity.
Common Causes of Commercial Truck Accidents
Our investigations and federal studies have shown that truck accidents are often caused by:
- Distracted Driving – Mobile phones and other electronic devices have helped to make distracted driving a major problem on U.S. highways.
- Drowsy Driving – Under federal and New York trucking laws, drivers must make sure they’re getting the rest they need. When they don’t, they can make fatal mistakes. Yet, drivers keep rolling when they shouldn’t so they can get home sooner, get ahead of bad weather or rush hour traffic, or at the employers’ insistence.
- Tailgating – Tractor-trailer trucks require greater distances to slow down and come to a stop. Drivers who are inattentive, impatient, or for other reasons don’t leave enough space between their rigs and vehicles, or traffic ahead of them can endanger themselves and others on the road.
- Driving Too Fast for Road Conditions – The stopping distance a heavy truck needs is also a factor when rain, snow, or ice makes roads slick or when fog, dark of night, or other factors reduce visibility.
- Inexperienced Drivers – It takes skill and experience to operate a big rig. Inexperienced drivers can easily make mistakes that cost lives.
- Improperly Loaded Cargo – Cargo that is not properly balanced and restrained can shift or come loose and cause a trailer to shift and careen out of control, leading to a serious accident.
- Failure to Maintain a Commercial Truck – Not all truck accidents happen because of driver error. Those who own or maintain trucks must make sure their vehicles can be safely operated on the road.
Damages Available in a Truck Accident Claim
Compensation or “damages” recovered in a truck accident claim will mostly consist of payment for your medical expenses, including emergency care, hospitalization, surgery, rehabilitation, and ongoing care and assistance for disabling injuries.
A commercial truck accident can cause serious injuries and catastrophic injuries, including:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Broken bones and loss of limbs (amputation)
- Chest injuries and damage to internal organs.
As your semi-truck accident attorneys, The Tadchiev Law Firm will calculate all of your costs and losses, including future medical expenses, and seek full and fair compensation for you. You may also be entitled to damages for:
- Lost wages, including loss of future income and earning potential because of your injuries
- Pain and suffering you have been unjustly put through, including physical pain and emotional distress
- The wrongful death of a loved one, including the loss of the loved one’s support and care.
- Property damage, including costs to repair or replace your vehicle and/or personal belongings damaged in the accident
Contact Our Truck Accident Lawyers in Nassau County Today
If you have been seriously injured in a Nassau County truck accident, an experienced truck accident lawyer at The Tadchiev Law Firm, P.C., is ready to help you. Our seasoned trucking accident lawyers will pursue damages for you from those responsible for the accident and your injuries. We have extensive experience with personal injury claims and are prepared to fight every step of the way to maximize your compensation.
After a truck accident, make sure you get the personalized attention, skill, and care you deserve. Contact a Nassau County personal injury lawyer at The Tadchiev Law Firm, P.C., today for your free legal consultation.