Fighting for Justice with New York Truck Accident Law Firms
When you tangle with a big rig, the injuries you suffer are likely going to be severe or catastrophic. Often, because of the size and weight of big trucks, accidents are fatal. In addition to dealing with injuries or fatalities, a truck accident case could involve several defendants, including the driver, trucking company, dispatch, maintenance personnel and others. If you were injured in a truck accident or if you lost a loved one in a truck accident in the New York area, contact Isaacs & Isaacs to schedule a free consultation.
Some of the many truck crash cases we handle involve:
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Compensation After a Truck Accident in New York
You should not try to negotiate with the insurance company yourself. Often insurance companies twist your words in an attempt to deny your claim or to reduce the amount they pay out. The insurance company’s settlement offer may not cover medical expenses, especially if you require future medical expenses. You need to be sure that you get enough compensation to cover past and future medical expenses, therapy expenses, past and future lost wages, medical equipment expenses, funeral and burial expenses, the replacement or repair of your vehicle and other personal property, pain and suffering and the loss of companionship and/or consortium.
In some cases, you could also receive compensation for inconvenience. If you must pay someone to do chores you would normally do, such as grocery shopping, cleaning and home maintenance and you have to hire someone, you could recover damages to pay for those services.
In many truck cases we take on, there’s an overwhelming chance the crash was due to negligence on the part of the truck driver and/or trucking company.
Truck accident lawyers adopt this basic understanding of negligence in these circumstances: A semi-truck driver needed to use reasonable care while driving, failed to live up to those standards, and a collision with injuries occurred as as result. That’s bad news for everyone, and payment of money damages should fall upon the shoulders of those at fault.
Negligence cases the assembled Tennessee trucking accident team can assist with might include:
Truck Accident Fatalities
When you lose a loved one in a truck accident, you lose a companion and everything that a loved one brings to your family. While recovering damages from an at-fault driver doesn’t bring your loved one back or make you feel better, it does help to ease the financial burden you suffer. From funeral and burial expenses to lost income, a fair and reasonable settlement or jury award removes financial stress and allows you to grieve properly.
National truck accident attorney Darryl Isaacs took time to address questions for those who have been involved in a wreck involving big rig trucks or other large commercial vehicles. Listen to this audio episode exploring your next safety & legal steps after a truck crash. Play the podcast below.
Causes of Truck Accidents In New York Are Similar Throughout the Country
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 87 percent of truck accidents are caused by the driver. The FMCSA further divides driver incidents as follows:
- Driver non-performance: 12 percent. Non-performance actions might include falling asleep at the wheel, physical impairment or a medical issue such as a heart attack. Additional non-performance issues include fatigue, driving under the influence or taking prescription drugs.
Recognition: 28 percent.
- Recognition issues include distracted driving, being inattentive, or otherwise being unobservant. Slow reaction times to a situation are also recognition issues since it takes the driver those extra seconds to realize what is going on.
- Decision: 38 percent. Decision issues include misjudgment of the situation, including the speed of other vehicles, tailgating or speeding. Speeding in sharp curves could cause a rollover accident. Since big trucks take longer to stop, misjudging the distance to a stop sign or light because of speed could also cause an accident.
- Performance: 8 percent. Performance issues include overcompensating to correct an error such as veering off the road, panic in a situation or not being able to adequately control the direction of the truck.
Additionally, issues with the vehicle caused 10 percent of the accidents and environmental issues caused 3 percent of the accidents. The top mechanical issue with trucks is malfunctioning brakes.
Truck Accident Injuries
A big rig could weigh up to 80,000 pounds (36.29 t) when it is fully loaded. It is sometimes heavier if the truck is carrying an oversized load, such as heavy construction equipment or even modular buildings for construction sites. Injuries you could suffer from include:
- Bumps, bruises, scrapes and cuts – While these injuries usually heal quickly, they could become infected and take longer to heal.
- Strains, sprains and soft tissue injuries, such as pulled muscles – These injuries are usually closed injuries. However, you might need surgery to repair a pulled muscle. The open wound could become infected if not cared for properly. Additionally, if you have surgery to repair a pulled muscle, you might need physical therapy.
- Simple and compound fractures – A simple fracture is one that does not break the skin, while a compound fracture breaks the skin.
- Rib and torso injuries – Broken ribs could cause other internal injuries if they puncture a lung or other internal organs.
- Internal injuries – These injuries often require immediate surgery, especially if you are bleeding internally.
- Head and neck injuries – Paralysis and traumatic brain injuries are just two of the types of injuries that you could suffer from when you injure your neck or if you crack your head open and a piece of skull penetrates your brain.
- Back and spinal cord injuries. – Even if the back and spinal cord injuries do not cause paralysis, they could be long-term or permanent and are considered catastrophic injuries.
- Traumatic brain injuries – A traumatic brain injury is always considered a catastrophic injury. Even a mild concussion is considered traumatic, in part because of the health issues it could cause later in life. A common disease is chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). This disease is more common in those who have suffered multiple head traumas and cannot be diagnosed until after death.
- Paralysis – Usually caused by a broken neck or spinal cord injury, could affect one arm or leg, one side of your body, both legs or both arms and legs. Partial paralysis means that you have some control over the affected muscles, while full paralysis means that you have no control over those muscles. You might require physical and/or occupational therapy if you suffer from paralysis.
- Disfigurement – If the accident causes burns or wounds that scar when they heal, you might recover additional non-economic compensation.
Many injuries are exacerbated by pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, cancer and immunodeficiency issues. Cancer itself usually doesn’t cause issues, but some treatments for cancer lower red cell count, white cell count, potassium and other minerals your body requires, increasing the risk of infection. In some cases, you might experience longer than average healing.
Always discuss your health concerns with your doctors and your attorney at Isaacs & Isaacs. Because of the risk of longer recovery times or infection, you could recover additional damages in the form of future medical expenses, future lost wages or even pain and suffering.
Nexts Steps for Injured Victims in New York: Get a Free Case Review
The clock is ticking and there are deadlines to file an injury case in the state of New York, known as the statute of limitations. Isaacs and Isaacs will provide you with a free evaluation of your injury claim and assemble an experienced team of New York truck accident lawyers to fight for your justice and compensation. Contact Darryl Isaacs — The Hammer — and the team at Isaacs and Isaacs today to get started. Fill out our online case review form or call us 24/7 at (800) 800-8888 to begin your free consultation.
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