Truck Accident Lawyer Long Island
With their massive engines and heavy loads, commercial trucks can weigh up to 40 tons, which makes them a unique danger on the Long Island roadways. Litigating commercial truck accident cases is substantially different than car accident cases. If you’ve been injured by a truck, you need an attorney who has experience negotiating with large trucking companies, big business, and corporate insurers. The Long Island truck accident lawyers of The Harrison Law Group fights for the rights of crash victims. Give them a call today for a free consultation.CONTACT US
Why Commercial Trucking Accidents are More Dangerous
The two biggest factors in the severity of an accident are mass and velocity. Most vehicles are capable of traveling at relatively high speeds, including commercial trucks. Velocity and mass affect the energy transferred. Energy is directly proportionate to mass, so if you double the mass of one of the vehicles, it imparts twice as much energy. With that in mind, it’s not unusual for a truck to have 10 – 20 times the mass of a car, which is why they’re so devastating.
Commercial Trucker Requirements
Because of the enhanced danger that both trucks and their operators bring to the roadways, there are strict state and federal dangers that apply to the vehicles and truck drivers.
New York Truck Driving Regulations
The state of New York requires drivers to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). The classification dictates the size of the vehicle that the operator can driver:
- Class A – Combination Vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 26,000 lbs or higher with a tow load greater than 10,000 lbs.
- Class B – Combination or single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,000 and a maximum tow load of 10,000 lbs
- Class C – All other single or combination vehicles
Drivers who transport cargo across state lines or transport hazardous material must have additional endorsements.
The New York Department of Transportation limits the hours of operation for truck drivers:
- May drive a maximum of 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty.
- May not drive beyond the 14th hour after coming on duty, following 10 consecutive hours off duty.
- May not drive after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days. A driver may restart a 7/8 consecutive day period after taking 34 or more consecutive hours off duty.
Drivers must also keep a logbook documenting their trips and hours of operation.
Federal Trucking Requirements
The New York state hours of service regulations mirror the federal limits. The Federal Highway Administration sets the maximum weight at 80,000 lbs gross vehicle weight, 20,000 pounds on a single axle, and 34,000 pounds on a tandem axle.
Violations of these laws can have an impact on the severity of an accident. Overworked truck drivers, for instance, are a hazard to other workers on the roadways. If their logbook doesn’t reflect a truthful accounting of their trips, it could impact an accident case.
Damages Available in a Long Island & Suffolk County Truck Accident Lawsuit
Our experienced New York truck accident attorneys will work tirelessly to calculate all of your costs and losses related to the truck accident. Successful personal injury plaintiffs are entitled to economic and non-economic damages caused by their injuries. Economic damages are the quantifiable damages caused by accidents. Non-economic damages cover intangible harms caused by the victim’s injuries, such as pain and suffering. At Harrison Law Group, we can help you pursue compensation for all of the following:
- Past and future medical bills
- Property damage
- Lost income
- Diminished earning capacity in cases of disfigurement or disability
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages when the defendant engaged in egregious behavior
These are the damages for which we can readily assess a monetary cost. A doctor’s bill, for instance, has a specific dollar amount, Wages lost from missed work can be easily calculated. Economic damages include medical expenses, costs involved in rehabilitation, lost wages, and property damage.
No one wants to be in an accident and merely get reimbursed for their bills and lost wages. If you’ve been in an accident with a commercial vehicle, you may be experiencing physical pain, emotional trauma, and you may suffer from diminished capacities for the rest of your life. Of course, you want the bills paid for, but you’re also entitled to pain and suffering damages these intangible costs.
Proving Liability in a Truck Accident Lawsuit
We will carefully examine any negligence on the truck driver’s part, ranging from the records drivers must take to the reports trucks and motor carriers need to maintain. We will move quickly after the truck accident occurs to ensure evidence and records are preserved. When necessary, we will seek court orders to gain access to the wreckage and demand carriers turn over the “black box” record of the accident.
One of our attorneys will gather any additional data you need, including in-cab video systems. Our law firm knows how to seek the assistance of crash reconstruction consultants. Forensic specialists will create detailed reports, allowing witnesses to provide expert testimony as to the cause of the truck accident. At Harrison Law Group, we will carefully investigate your claim to determine which party or parties are liable for your injuries. One or more of the following parties may be liable for your injuries:
- The truck driver
- The trucking company
- The cargo loading company
- The truck manufacturer
- The mechanic
- A third-party driver
- The manufacturer or distributor of defective truck parts
Holding Trucking Companies Accountable
If you or your loved one have been injured in a truck accident, you can pursue compensation through an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit. If the truck driver’s negligence caused the accident, the victim could seek compensation from the truck driver or truck driver’s employer’s commercial insurance policy.
You will benefit from working with an experienced attorney who will negotiate aggressively with the insurance company to recover the full amount of compensation you deserve. You can also pursue compensation through a personal injury lawsuit against the defendant or defendants. You will need to bring the lawsuit to civil court, and you will be able to seek economic and non-economic damages through your truck accident lawsuit.
Frequently Asked Questions About Commercial Trucking
At The Harrison Law Group, we are effective at getting our clients well-deserved large settlements for their trucking accidents. Here are some of the questions that our past clients have had with regard to commercial truck accidents on Long Island.
Unlike many other states, New York does not cap damages. As Long Island truck accident lawyers, this lack of limitations has allowed our firm to receive millions in settlements and awards on behalf of our clients.
The statute of limitations for most personal injury claims in New York is three years. You should not, however, procrastinate. Evidence can be lost as time passes. Delays could weaken your claim.
With personal injury law, attorneys work on contingency fees. That means that they collect their fee once you’ve settled or won a jury award. The contingency fees are disclosed by the attorney up front. You should not have to pay out-of-pocket costs for excellent legal representation.
Long Island & Suffolk County Truck Accident Attorneys
For years, the Harrison Law Firm has pursued accident claims against truckers and their insurers. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, you’re entitled to damages for your bills, lost wages, and your pain and suffering. Call to speak to an attorney today.