New York City Truck and Tractor Trailer Accident Lawyers

New York City Truck Accident Attorneys

Motor vehicle accidents are often hazardous, but crashes involving commercial trucks (such as tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, or box trucks) can be especially dangerous and destructive. The size and weight of a large truck help it to crush anything it hits, particularly if the crash occurs at high speed. As a result, injuries from truck accidents are often serious, long-lasting, and costly.

The injuries from a truck accident do not always come from the truck itself, either. Trucks often carry large loads which can tip over and spill onto unfortunate victims below, crushing them under the weight or potentially exposing them to whatever contents the truck was carrying. This can make injuries from truck accidents even more complex due to the higher likelihood of being exposed to flammable or toxic substances.

Trucking companies move swiftly to protect themselves from the cost of injuries and destruction after an accident. At Zlotolow & Associates, our truck accident lawyers have more than 20 years of experience standing up to motor carriers of all sizes after crashes in the New York City metro area, as well as Long Island, Westchester, and upstate New York. Our dedicated attorneys will investigate your case, negotiate on your behalf with insurers, and work to make sure you receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to.

Truck accident victims choose our law firm because:

  • We understand the complexity of commercial truck accidents and the federal regulations truck drivers and motor carriers are bound by.
  • We will take care of every aspect of your claim after a truck accident.
  • We will devote experienced NYC truck accident lawyers and investigators to your case to conduct a thorough analysis of your crash and injuries.
  • We will fight aggressively for maximum compensation for all your losses.

Schedule a free consultation today to learn how our skilled New York City truck accident attorneys can help you.

Our Attorneys Understand How Complicated Truck Accident Cases Can Be

Truck accidents are much more complex than passenger car accidents, and injured victims should always seek help from a personal injury attorney who has experience handling these types of claims. Some of the main reasons these types of accidents are more complicated:

  • A full-size commercial truck is much larger, weighing 10,000 pounds or more empty and up to 80,000 pounds fully loaded with cargo. This makes most crashes worse and means there is far more physical evidence to examine after a wreck.
  • Most truck drivers have employers immediately backing them up. Their legal teams and investigators are dedicated to protecting the driver and the trucking company from the financial consequences of a crash.
  • There are additional parties involved in the operations of transfer trucks that haul cargo throughout New York, and any one or more of them may share responsibility for a crash.
  • Truck accident investigations require a deep understanding of federal regulations, which cover all aspects of the trucking industry, including records and reports truckers and motor carriers must maintain.

Our attorneys move quickly after a truck accident to ensure records and other evidence are preserved. We seek court orders to get access to wreckage and to demand that carriers turn over the truck’s Event Data Recorder (EDR or “black box”) record of the truck’s operations just prior to the crash, as well as any additional data available, such as from in-cab video systems.

We also interview multiple trucking company employees and other third parties, who may shed light on negligent operations that contributed to an accident.

In particularly complex wrecks, we may seek the assistance of crash reconstruction consultants, forensic specialists who can determine how and why an accident occurred. In addition to producing detailed reports based on principles of engineering and physics, these specialists can provide expert witness testimony accompanied by CGI animation that shows juries exactly what happened.

Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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Determining the Cause of Your NYC Truck Accident

Truck accidents can occur for several reasons, including, but not limited to:

  • Impaired or drunk driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Fatigue or drowsiness
  • Speeding
  • Cargo shift
  • Cargo spill
  • Vehicular failure
  • Road conditions
  • Faulty work zones

As these common causes of semi-truck crashes indicate, a personal injury claim may seek compensation from the truck driver, the trucking company, and/or an additional third party, such as a contractor responsible for loading cargo or a manufacturer or distributor of defective truck parts.

At Zlotolow & Associates, our skilled New York City truck accident attorneys will conduct an in-depth investigation into your crash to identify every potentially liable party.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will my case take?

The amount of time it takes to resolve your case will depend on multiple factors. First, it is important that you take the time you need to heal. Once you reach maximum medical improvement, we will be able to estimate the extent of your damages. Second, you are the one who decides when you want to settle or go to court. Our attorneys will present you with every settlement offer and explain whether we feel you are owed more. We will negotiate aggressively and be prepared to take your claim before a judge and jury, if necessary. But a lawsuit does take time, and it is ultimately your decision on how you want to proceed.

What will my lawyer handle for me?

Our full-service personal injury law firm will handle all aspects of your claim, including communicating with the insurance company, filing your property damage claim, and keeping track of your medical records. We will also launch our own investigation into the cause of your accident to identify every possible source of compensation. And we will bring in medical experts and financial professionals to help evaluate your claim and determine what full and fair compensation should be.

What will I have to do for my personal injury case?

You need to stay focused on your health. Make sure you follow your doctor’s orders and make it to all your appointments. Start a journal to document how your injury is affecting your everyday life, both physically and emotionally. And protect your privacy by taking a break from social media and not talking about your case.

We Prepare Solid Cases for Compensation After Truck Accidents

Our experienced New York tractor-trailer accident attorneys will work tirelessly to calculate all of your costs and losses related to the accident. We may pursue compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Future medical care requirements
  • Property damage
  • Lost income
  • Diminished earning capacity in cases of disability or disfigurement
  • Pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages in cases of egregious behavior

Once we determine liability (legal responsibility) for a crash, we file every possible insurance claim to demand full compensation for our clients. The personal injury lawyers at Zlotolow & Associates are assertive negotiators and aggressive trial attorneys. We negotiate with insurers from a position of strength because we have prepared solid cases. When insurers refuse to offer settlements that meet our clients’ needs, we are ready to present a persuasive argument to a judge and jury.

Someone else’s negligence should not create a lasting financial burden for you. Let our skilled legal team seek the just outcome you deserve.

Contact a Dedicated NYC Truck Accident Lawyer Today

At Zlotolow & Associates, we have the resources and the resolve that complex truck accident claims require to be successful. We do not back down from corporations with deep pockets, and can go toe-to-toe with anyone’s knowledge of regulations governing the trucking industry.

If you or a loved one have suffered harm because a negligent or reckless driver, you need to speak with the dedicated New York personal injury attorneys at Zlotolow & Associates. In addition to helping clients with their personal injury cases in New York City, we also service The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau, and Suffolk.  With more than two decades of experience, our lawyers have helped countless individuals and families obtain the full compensation they deserved after serious accidents. If you or a loved one has suffered due to a truck accident, please contact the personal injury attorneys at Zlotolow & Associates by calling us toll-free at (866) 800 – 0092, or visit our contact page for a free consultation.

In addition to helping clients with their truck accident cases in New York City, we also service The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau, and Suffolk.

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