Long Island Truck Accident Attorneys
Tractor Trailer Collision Claims
The trucking industry is essential to the American economy. The transport of goods on our streets and highways forms a critical part of the distribution network that we depend on for economic prosperity and consumer satisfaction. However, in the trucking industry, time is money, and every hour those goods spend on the road is an hour that they are not delivered to the customer who is going to pay for them.
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.
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.
Some common causes of trucking accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Driver fatigue
- Drug and alcohol intoxication
- Inadequate employer oversight
- Maintenance issues
- Road conditions and inclement weather
- Overweight cargo
- Stress-related inattentiveness
- Traffic violations and reckless driving
- Driver inexperience and negligent hiring and training
The inevitable accidents that follow from these dangerous and negligent actions can have tragic consequences. Trucking companies will get their insurance companies on the scene as soon as possible – sometimes before the police arrive. They will do everything in their power to avoid paying the large claim that you will need to cover your health costs. The team at The Odierno Law Firm, P.C. can protect your rights and represent you while you recover from your injuries.
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
- Fail to provide their drivers with proper training or fail to maintain their vehicles
- Hire a driver who is not fit for the job
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.
How Our Truck Accident Lawyers Can Help
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. Due to their size, trucks cause catastrophic damage when they collide with smaller vehicles. As a fully-loaded 18-wheeler can weigh 40 tons, the smaller vehicle is not going to escape without serious damage. Passengers are extremely exposed in this situation and will likely suffer serious injuries.
A truck accident attorney who is experienced in this type of situation can investigate the accident, compile the evidence and determine how to proceed with the case. Presenting a case before a commercial insurance company takes honed negotiating skills and fierce determination to get the best compensation package possible. The Odierno Law Firm, P.C. has the experience and tenacity needed to get you the compensation you deserve following a truck accident.
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The Odierno Law Firm, P.C. attorneys have these skills, the determination, and the loyalty to you, their client, to see the case through to the most successful conclusion that can be obtained. Contact the firm today.
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