Injured in a Truck/ Tractor Trailer Accident?

Truck Accident Attorneys in Long Island

Tractor Trailer Collision Claims

Truck accidents are often extremely damaging. Tractor trailer collision injury victims are responsible for costly medical bills, in addition to being unable to work and potentially suffering from emotional distress. Once injury victims begin the claim process, they often face the large, experienced legal teams of trucking companies.

If you were injured in a collision with a tractor trailer, you don’t have to face the claim process alone. The Long Island truck accident lawyers of The Odierno Law Firm, P.C. can help you hold negligent drivers and trucking companies accountable and get compensation for your damages. It is our goal to help you recover from this harrowing incident.

Call (631) 250-4212 or use our online form to schedule a free consultation with our legal team.

How are Truck Accidents Different from Car Accidents?

Truck accidents, when compared to car accidents, are almost always more damaging. The size of tractor trailers alone presents a significant risk to people in smaller vehicles. When a truck accident occurs, the person who was driving a car incurs higher financial damages and more severe injuries than the truck driver.

Truck accidents also differ from car accidents once litigation begins. In a car accident case, two drivers (along with their legal representation and insurance provider) are usually the only parties involved. In a truck accident case, the truck driver will be assisted by their employer and their legal representation and insurance provider. In most truck accident cases, the trucking company generally shares some liability as well.

Causes of Truck Accidents

Negligence in any part of a trucking operation can contribute to an accident. Starting from the trucking company hiring competent drivers, to those drivers making sure they operate their vehicle safely on every trip, safety is crucial in every aspect of trucking.

Truck accidents can be caused by external factors as well. In some cases, an accident may be the result of negligent vehicle manufacturing or inadequate road maintenance.

Truck accidents may be caused by:

  • Traffic violations and reckless driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Driver fatigue
  • Driver inexperience and negligent hiring and training
  • Drug and alcohol intoxication
  • Inadequate employer oversight
  • Road conditions and inclement weather
  • Maintenance issues
  • Overweight cargo

Truck Accident Liability

Although truck drivers can be negligent independently, some causes of truck accidents are the result of trucking company negligence. Trucking companies may set demanding schedules and cause driver fatigue, fail to address past safety violations and overlook a driver’s history of reckless driving, may fail to provide their drivers with proper training or fail to maintain their vehicles, or could hire a driver who is not fit for the job at all. Any of these forms of negligence can potentially cause a truck accident. Because trucking companies have so much control over the competency of their drivers and are legally responsible for their operations, the at-fault driver’s employer will most likely be involved in your case.

In cases of third party liability, mechanics, vehicle manufacturers, regulatory agencies, and road maintenance entities could be held accountable for a victim’s damages.

Discuss Your Case with our Long Island Truck Accident Lawyers

Following a truck accident case, you need a legal team that understands your circumstances and can take on trucking companies and their powerful legal representation and their insurance companies. The Odierno Law Firm, P.C. has the experience and tenacity needed to get you the compensation you deserve following a truck accident.

Call the Long Island personal injury lawyers from our firm and begin your case with aggressive and compassionate counsel!

We Have Recovered OVER 100 MILLION DOLLARS

  • $1.2 Million Dollar Settlement

    Facts: Plaintiff was driving his motor vehicle straight when defendant, who was legally drunk, crossed over a divider and struck the plaintiff's car head on. Plaintiff was the only occupant in the car and died instantly. Plaintiff had dependent wife and teenage son.

  • $1.6 Million Dollar Settlement

    Plaintiff is a 50 year old man who was doing repair work on a residential residence in Suffolk County. He was on a ladder when several bricks in the patio supporting the ladder gave way causing him to fall to the ground. The homeowner was negligent due to the improper construction and maintenance of the brick patio. Plaintiff suffered injuries to his pelvis, back, neck and legs and is disabled from future work.

  • $175,000 UM Arbitration

    Plaintiff is a 65 year old man who was injured when walking to his car parked on the street in front of a house he was visiting. Plaintiff was struck and knocked to the ground by an unidentified driver. Plaintiff reported the accident to the police and sought evaluation at the hospital. Plaintiff did not treat for one month after the accident as he was suffering from unrelated physical ailments. When plaintiff did seek treatment it was determined he suffered a torn ligament in his hip. Plaintiff’s doctor opined that the only remedy was surgery and plaintiff was not a candidate because of his COPD. Defendant contested the validity of the occurrence as well as the causation of the injury. Defendant cited the plaintiff’s previous injuries and accidents claiming his hip injury was a consequence of prior falls as well related to his history of arthritis.

  • $200,000 Mediated Settlement

    Plaintiff was a 26 year old male who died during a house fire occurring in Suffolk County. The defendant, who is the owner of the house admitted that she could not credibly testify the smoke detectors were operational as they were not checked regularly. Defendant home owner also admitted that the batteries used in the smoke detectors were never changed to her knowledge. Counsel for the defendant alleged that the plaintiff engaged in culpable conduct in the origin and subsequent spreading of the fire. Counsel also attempted to limit damages by emphasizing plaintiff did not have any dependents.

  • $250,000 Mediated Settlement

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 32 year old woman who was driving her motor vehicle and stopped at a red light when her car was struck in the rear by another motor vehicle. Plaintiff suffered horizontal tears of the anterior horns of the medial and lateral menisci of the right knee with traumatic chondromalacia. Plaintiff's injuries necessitated multiple injections to her right knee as well as two arthroscopic surgeries.

    Plaintiff's surgeon opined that a total knee replacement is a possibility as plaintiff ages because her injuries will exacerbate the normal degenerative changes. Defendant argued that Plaintiff made a full recovery as she was able to return to work without limiting the scope of her duties.

  • $250,000 Mediated Settlement

    Plaintiff is a 54 year old woman who was exiting her motor vehicle when she slipped and fell on ice and snow in defendant's parking lot. Plaintiff sustained a fracture of her left ankle requiring surgery. Defendant claimed that they plowed, sanded and salted the parking in a reasonable manner and furthermore plaintiff did not suffer any residual limitations from the injury and resulting surgery.

  • $250,000 Settlement During Trial

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 62 year old male who experienced car trouble on a busy highway at 9:00 p.m. He proceeded to pull off to the side of the roadway and open the hood. As he was standing in front of his car working under the hood the defendant was driving his motor vehicle and did not see plaintiff's car.

    Defendant struck the plaintiff's stopped car in the rear causing plaintiff to be catapulted ten feet into the air. Plaintiff landed on the roadway and suffered a severely herniated disc at L4-L5 requiring him to wear a hard back brace at all times. Defendant claims plaintiff was responsible for the accident as plaintiff did not maintain any lights or warning that his car was stopped and encroaching into a traffic lane.

  • $295,000 Mediated Settlement

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 43 year old women who was driving her motor vehicle which was struck in the rear by another car. Plaintiff suffered thoracic and lumbar herniated discs requiring a posterolateral spinal fusion at T11 – L2, segmental pedicle fixation at T11-L2 and an iliac crest bone graft. Defendant conceded liability but claimed the injury was degenerative as there was no visible damage to the motor vehicle plaintiff was operating.

  • $300,000 Settlement During Trial

    Facts: The plaintiff is a 38 year old male who was stopped in traffic when his vehicle was struck in the rear by another car. Plaintiff was awarded summary judgment on liability and the matter proceeded to trial on damages. The plaintiff suffered a lumbar herniated disc requiring a fusion and laminectomy.

    Defendant claimed that the plaintiff's injury was not related to the accident as he suffers from severe Ehlers Danlos syndrome. Defendant also obtained surveillance footage of plaintiff working at a construction site carrying various heavy objects. Case settled after jury selection and before opening statements.

  • $350,000 Trial Verdict

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 33 year old male driving his motorcycle straight when the defendant attempted to make a right turn and struck the side of plaintiff's motorcycle. Defendant claimed he followed a turn arrow and that the plaintiff rode through a steady red light. Defendant also claimed that according to plaintiff's own doctors he made an excellent recovery and suffered no restrictions.

    Plaintiff suffered a fracture of his right tibia and fibula requiring surgery. Defendant was found to be 100% liable at trial and offered a $100,000 settlement. Plaintiff refused the offer and obtained a jury verdict.


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    “I've been using Odierno Law Firm for over 10 years and I've only had nothing but success. They are great law firm to work with I would recommend them every day.”


  • I highly recommend this law firm!!

    “The whole staff is completely heart warming!! After my accident they came to my house to talk to me cause my mobility wouldn't let me go to them They constantly call and email to see how I'm doing. I highly recommend this law firm!!”


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    “Absolutely love this law firm. Staff was awesome. My case went smooth and they were on it from the very start. I definitely recommend them. Client for life. ”


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  • I cannot say enough about the Odierno Law Firm! Everyone I worked with truly went out of their way

    “I cannot say enough about the Odierno Law Firm! Everyone I worked with truly went out of their way to explain the legal process, make me feel at ease, and explain each step thoroughly in language I could easily understand. I have no doubt that choosing Odierno was the best decision I could have made! Thank you to Scott, Russell, Stephanie, Maria, Kim and the entire office for all of your efforts on my behalf.”



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