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Truck Accident

Whether the accident was a car accident, truck accident, or SUV accident, proving negligence in an auto accident frequently boils down to showing that a driver violated a New York traffic law. Violating a traffic law is often dispositive in proving who was at fault and therefore, who must compensate the injured victim for losses as a result of the accident. Because of the size and weight of trucks, and because they are often traveling at high speeds at the time of the accident, victims of truck accidents tend to suffer from serious, life-threatening injuries. For example, a brain injuries, neck injuries, broken bones, and back injuries are common truck accident injuries. Such injuries are not only physically and emotionally painful, they also can cause the victim financial stress since the victim may have to miss a substantial amount of work.. If you were seriously injured as a result of the negligence of another person, contact an experienced Bronx truck accident lawyer who will review the facts of your case and work aggressively to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are entitled.

Truck Safety Laws

Of course truck drivers must follow the same basic rules of the road as cars, such as stopping at red lights and obeying posted speed limits. However, the trucking industry is subject to additional rules both on the federal and state levels that effect the licensing of truck drivers, the insurance trucking companies must carry, and the operation and maintenance of the trucks.

In order to qualify for a license to drive a commercial truck, drivers must attend special classes on how to operate a truck safely. 49 CFR §380. Thus, if you are injured in an accident where the truck driver did not receive the proper training or did not have the required license, then the truck driver will be liable for your injuries. In addition, as an experienced Bronx truck accident lawyer can explain, if the trucking company that employed the driver knew that the driver was not properly trained or failed to make sure that the driver had the proper training and credentials, then it was negligent as well. In addition, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued regulations requiring routine alcohol and drug testing for truck drivers, the proper transportation of hazardous materials, compliance with hours of service rules, maintaining log books, and truck maintenance. If a truck driver or his or her employer violates any of the FMCSA's rules resulting in an accident, then negligence can be fairly easily established, strengthening a victim's personal injury lawsuit against the truck driver and the trucking company.

Pursuing a Claim

Truck accidents often cause victims to suffer serious, even catastrophic injuries. The impact of the devastation impacts not only the victim, but their entire family. Because of the size of trucks, even low speed accidents can be devastating.

Some accidents are caused by the truck jack-knifing. Others involve multi-vehicle pile-ups. In some instances the truck’s load is not properly secured resulting the load falling or shifting. Tire blow outs can cause the drive to lose control.

Truck accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries such has paralysis, traumatic brain injuries, and death. With the help of an experienced truck accident attorney in the Bronx, you can receive the compensation to which you are entitled to for the losses you suffered. For example, you would be entitled to compensation to pay for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages.

Contact Stephen Bilkis & Associates

If you were a victim of a truck accident it is important to immediately contact an knowledgeable truck accident attorney serving the Bronx. The rules that apply to trucks are complicated and distinguishable from the rules that apply to cars. Thus, it is critical that the lawyer representing you is familiar with the nuances of the laws that apply to truck accidents to ensure that your case receives the best possible outcome. Contact us Stephen Bilkis & Associates at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We serve clients in the following locations: Bronx, Westchester County, Suffolk County, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, and Queens.

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