New York Truck Accident Lawyer
Representing Victims of Serious Tractor-Trailer Accidents
Few motor vehicle accidents are as devastating—or as likely to be fatal—as truck accidents. When a large, multi-ton commercial truck collides with a smaller passenger vehicle, the occupants of the smaller vehicle are far more likely to sustain severe, life-altering injuries. Tragically, many victims die as a result of these injuries.
Every truck accident case accepted by The Paris Law Group, PC is carefully evaluated and prepared for victory by trial. We aggressively litigate and negotiate every matter, from inception to conclusion. Whether you were run off the road by an 18-wheeler or rear-ended by a semi, you can count on our New York truck accident lawyer for diligent and effective advocacy. We have recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of injury victims throughout the state of New York.
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Common Causes of Truck Accidents
A report by the Center for Truck and Bus Statistics stated that of all of the many driver-related factors involved in truck accidents, the most common are:
- Failing to stay in the correct lane (10.9%)
- Inattentive driving (6.1%)
- Driving too fast for the road and weather conditions (4.8%)
- Failing to yield (4.0%)
- Drinking while driving (3.1%)
- Cellphone use (0.3%)
Truck driver fatigue can also play a role. When trucking companies encourage or demand that employees drive too many hours in a row, serious accidents often result. In addition, other types of negligence can cause accidents, such as failing to properly train truck drivers, failing to properly maintain the vehicles, overloading the trucks, and more.
Safety Tips for Driving Near Large Trucks
Living or working in New York is a thrill that many get to experience during their lifetime. The city has so much to offer people of all ages, but it can also be dangerous, especially when on the roads. Here are some important safety tips for driving near large trucks on the roads of the city:
- A large number of streets in New York are narrow. You should be mindful of trucks approaching a street wishing to make a right turn. If you are sitting at the stop light on the street, be sure to leave plenty of room for the truck to make the turn onto your street. Trucks made wide right turns, requiring a turning radius of 55 feet, so position your vehicle appropriately to avoid getting hit.
- Tailgating is a no-no when on the roads and this is even more important when driving behind a truck. Crashing into the back of a truck with little room to stop can end tragically for you, your passengers and other on the road around you.
- Avoid the truck’s blind spots as much as possible. At times, this can be impossible due to traffic. A truck has blind spots on all four sides, which the ones on the left and right of the truck being the worst. If you cannot see the driver in the mirror of the truck, the truck driver will not be able to see you.
Who Is Liable?
One of the many things that makes truck accident injury claims more complex than typical car accident cases is the issue of liability. Just as in other motor vehicle accident cases, you must be able to prove that someone else was liable for your damages in order to have grounds to file a truck accident claim. However, determining exactly who is liable after a truck accident can be incredibly challenging.
In many cases, when a truck driver causes an accident, his or her employer is legally liable. This is because, under respondeat superior laws, employers are often considered liable for the conduct of their employees when those employees are “on the clock.” So, if you were hit by a careless truck driver, the trucking company might be liable for your resulting injuries and other damages.
However, this isn’t always the case. In some instances, a trucking company may dispute liability by asserting that the truck driver was engaged in unlawful conduct, such as driving while intoxicated or violating federal hours-of-service regulations. This can make your case vastly more complex.
In other instances, a third party might be partially or wholly liable for the accident. This could be the case if another driver was careless or reckless, leading to the accident, or if a manufacturer created a defective truck braking system that contributed to the accident.
In any case, it is critical that you work with an experienced legal team that has access to industry experts, such as accident reconstructionists and medical professionals, who can help determine what happened and, most importantly, who is liable.
Turn to The Paris Law Group, PC for Compassionate Representation
As an experienced New York truck accident attorney with nearly 25 years of experience trying cases on behalf of severely injury individuals throughout New York City and the entire state, Jason Paris has the knowledge, skill, and resources to effectively advocate for you. At our firm, we have the ability to conduct a detailed investigation of the accident in order to determine who was at fault. Once you contact The Paris Law Group, PC, a professional lawyer will move quickly to preserve important evidence, such as black box data and trucking company maintenance records, before that evidence can be lost or erased.
In most cases, you only have three years from the date of the accident to bring your claim, so do not delay in contacting The Paris Law Group, PC and speaking with Attorney Jason Paris about your legal rights and options. Your initial consultation is free and we do not charge attorney’s fees unless we recover compensation for you.
Call (888) 365-4940 today for assistance.
Slip & Fall $11 Million
A well-known cellist was awarded almost $11 million after a slip and fall in a gourmet food market that resulted in injuries that now hamper her ability to play the instrument.
Pedestrian Knockdown $2.8 Million
The client was a pedestrian crossing the street when she was hit by a yellow school bus making a left-hand turn. As a result of the impact, she was forced to fall to the ground and sustained an injury to her shoulder and lower back, both of which resulted in surgeries.
Bus Accident $2.1 Million
A mediated settlement was reached on the eve of trial on behalf of the client who was a driver of a motor vehicle which was struck in the rear by a bus.
Pedestrian Accident $2 Million
The client, a young boy, was crossing the street near his home on Staten Island when he slipped on ice in the roadway and was hit by a car.
Car Accident $1.7 Million
The client was an ambulance driver responding to an emergency call. While in the process of making a left-hand turn with the ambulance lights and sirens in operation, he was struck by a vehicle going straight.
Truck Accident $1.5 Million
The client, a 37-year-old man, was struck in the rear by a truck while driving his car and subsequently underwent neck surgery. The defendant claimed the client cut him off. We aggressively litigated the case and on the eve of trial the defendant agreed to pay $1.5 million after previously taking a no-pay position.
Car Accident $1.25 Million
Through aggressive litigation, full policy limits in the amount of $1.25 million were tendered within 14 months of the accident for the injured passenger in a motor vehicle accident. The client was a rear-seat passenger in a motor vehicle that was pulled over on the shoulder of the Staten Island Expressway when it was rear-ended by the defendant in the early morning hours.
Slip & Fall $1.2 Million
The client tripped and fell coming out of a bar in Staten Island, sustaining injuries to her knee, neck, and back. The bar claimed that the accident never happened, and the bar blamed the owner of the premises for the condition of the sidewalk, with the owner of the premises blaming the bar.
Slip & Fall Injury $1 Million
A settlement was reached with a confidential defendant as a result of a fall at work. The client worked as a cash handler collecting money from banks. After picking up a bag of cash from a bank and placing it in the back of his armored vehicle, the security ink packets exploded frightening the client and causing him to fall backward, striking his head against the floor.
Scaffolding Accident $1 Million
In very contentious litigation and after extensive negotiations and multiple mediations, a settlement was reached for the client in the amount of $1 million. The client was working on a scaffold at a construction site when he lost his balance and fell 10 feet to the ground.