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Truck Accident Lawyers

Tractor Trailer​When you or someone you love has been injured in a collision involving a tractor trailer, semi or other type of over-sized vehicle, you owe it to yourself to consult with a Long Island truck accident lawyer who has the ability to assess the facts and provide critical guidance on your legal rights to pursue compensation.

According to the State Department of Motor Vehicles, over 10,000 crashes involving large trucks occurred on New York roadways in 2012 alone. Well over a third of these accidents resulted in either injuries or death, evidencing a serious threat to motorists and passengers throughout the state.

Given the immense size and weight of these vehicles, it should come as no surprise that collisions with smaller vehicles or even pedestrians can prove catastrophic, all too often resulting in injuries.

Truck accident injuries can include:

  • Severe spinal trauma
  • Brain injuries
  • Burns
  • Broken bones
  • Death

The Long Island personal injury attorneys of Edelman, Krasin & Jaye specialize in representing those who’ve suffered injuries in many types of trucking accidents, helping victims attain the maximum compensation to which they are entitled. We work tirelessly to vindicate the rights of accident victims, and have successfully litigated claims against insurance carriers and deep-pocketed defendants.​

Frequent causes of truck accidents

The sheer size and unwieldy nature of large trucks render them especially dangerous to pedestrians, motorists and bystanders alike. In order for these vehicles to make their way safely to and from each destination, their drivers need to possess a heightened degree of training and attentiveness. Unfortunately, not everyone who sits behind the wheel of large trucks exhibits the level of mastery required to maintain the safety of those with whom they share the road.

Causes of truck accidents throughout New York include factors such as:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Intoxication
  • Distracted driving due to cell phone use
  • Negligence
  • Improper driver training
  • Excessive speed
  • Dangerously wide turns

When one or more of these elements is present, there is an increased likelihood that an accident causing serious injury or death will occur.

Driver error and operator negligence are not the only causes of truck accidents on New York roadways, as defectively designed, manufactured or maintained equipment can also sometimes be to blame. Faulty tires that result in dangerous blowouts have caused an alarming number of horrific accidents involving trucks, as have improperly secured cargo loads.

Establishing liability in truck accidents

Negligent drivers, equipment manufacturers and trucking companies must be held responsible for such incidents, and the NY car accident lawyers of Edelman, Krasin & Jaye stand ready to ensure that they are. It is also important for truck accident victims to bear in mind that there are potentially multiple parties who may be found liable for causing their injuries.

Potential defendants in truck accident cases include:

  • Drivers
  • Truck owners
  • Truck leasing company
  • Driver’s employer
  • Manufacturer of the truck
  • Manufacturer of truck trailers or other key components

Our team of attorneys and support staff will thoroughly investigate, assess and marshal vital evidence in order to pursue applicable theories of negligence, improper supervision and strict liability in the case of defectively designed or manufactured truck equipment.

We possess comprehensive knowledge of New York No-Fault statutes in addition to issues relating to uninsured motorist coverage. It is our goal to secure full and fair compensation for the victims of truck accidents and to hold responsible parties accountable for the harm caused.

Each year, victims of truck accidents and their families receive sizable settlements and jury awards as compensation for serious injuries and wrongful death. If you have been harmed in a collision involving a large truck on the L.I.E., Southern State Parkway, Northern State Parkway or anywhere in Nassau or Suffolk counties, an experienced Long Island tractor trailer accident lawyer with our firm can help protect your legal rights and secure justice.

Damage awards available to truck accident victims 

The aftermath of a trucking accident involving serious injury or death can be extremely difficult for victims and their loved ones. The financial burdens, emotional strain and physical impairment that can result from these events often seem insurmountable. The good news is that victims of truck accidents in New York State are often eligible to receive monetary compensation for losses.

Plaintiffs in NY vehicle accident suits may seek damages for:

  • Past, present and future medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental and emotional trauma
  • Loss of enjoyment
  • Physical disfigurement
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of projected future earnings

While such recovery can never completely erase the harm sustained, it can help make the road that lies ahead much easier to navigate. Boasting extensive trial and mediation experience, our Long Island personal injury firm has a long track record of helping victims recover the compensation they deserve.

Speak with a truck accident lawyer on Long Island

If you or someone close to you has been injured in a truck accident on Long Island or in any of New York City’s 5 boroughs, the attorneys at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye are available for a no-cost initial consultation.

If we determine that you are eligible for financial compensation, we will start working on your NY car accident lawsuit right away. Along with our team of veteran investigators and medical professionals, we will build the most effective case possible on your behalf. At Edelman, Krasin, & Jaye, we believe that our clients’ success is our success.

Give us a call at 800-469-7429 to schedule your free consultation today.

  1. New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, New York State Large Truck Crash Data - 2012 Summary of Large Truck Crashes,www.dmv.ny.gov/Statistics/2012LargeTruckCrashSummary.pdf
  2. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, Traffic Safety Performance (Core Outcome) Measures For New York, www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/departments/nrd-30/ncsa/STSI/36_NY/2012/36_NY_2012.htm