18 Wheeler Accident Lawyers
A fully loaded 18 wheeler weighs in at 80,000 pounds. When compared to the typical 4,000-pound passenger vehicle, you get a sense of what might happen when these two forces collide.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that nearly 8,000 deaths and 200,000 injuries were attributed to 18 wheeler accidents during a two-year period. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety adds that roughly 1 in 10 highway deaths involve large commercial vehicles.
While the damage cannot be reversed once it has been done, compensation can still ease some of the financial burden and make it easier to carry on, knowing that negligent parties have been held accountable. The law firm of Edelman, Krasin & Jaye has won over $500 million in settlements and jury awards for clients in recent years. Large truck crash litigation is one of our specialized areas. Find out how 18 wheeler accident lawyers can bolster your case by calling 1-800-469-7429.
What can an 18 wheeler accident lawyer do for you?
One of the most difficult tasks following an 18 wheeler accident is reconstructing exactly what happened. Experienced attorneys are not only experts in assembling police reports, eyewitness testimony, and medical records to build your case, but they also have their own team of accident reconstruction teams, insurance experts, and safety instructors on hand to lend added credibility where it is needed.
Where your calls may be brushed off, our diligent litigators won’t stop until we’ve turned every stone. Does the truck driver have a history of speeding, reckless driving, and license suspension? Did the trucking firm schedule the driver for too many consecutive hours of driving or fail to adequately train him? Was prescription drug abuse or distracted driving while texting a contributing factor? Was the truck loaded properly and adequately maintained? Are there known issues with the big rig’s brakes, tires, or load sensors? Get answers to make sense of what happened.
Once a settlement is offered, you may wonder if the compensation is fair, given the extent of your suffering. Our experienced truck accident lawyers have seen it all and we’re prepared to go to bat for you, should the defendants try to low-ball you into taking a substandard amount of money. While we cannot guarantee an outcome, we have helped dozens of plaintiffs involved in 18 wheeler accidents.
18 wheeler accident statistics
According to the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration:
- Both vehicles were traveling straight in 46% of all fatal two-vehicle crashes involving large trucks.
- Congestion is often a factor, with 78% of fatal truck crashes occurring on weekdays, and 72% from 6am-6pm.
- Alcohol was consumed by truck drivers in 2% of fatal crashes and by other motorists in 23-27% of the time.
- 2% of truck drivers had previous suspensions or license revocations, compared to 14.9% of car drivers.
- 18% of large truck drivers involved in a fatal accident had had prior speeding convictions.
Common causes of an 18 wheeler crash
Most 18 wheeler accident deaths occur due to the “vulnerability of people traveling in smaller vehicles,” reports the International Institute of Highway Safety. Loaded trailers take anywhere from 20 to 40 percent longer to stop. Slippery conditions and driver fatigue are often further compounded by employers scheduling drivers beyond the legally-allowed hours of service regulations.
Depending on the circumstances, negligence can be assigned to:
- The driver
- The trucking firm
- Trucking firm subcontractors
- Auto manufacturers
- Bartenders or alcohol retailers
- Government entities tasked with designing and maintaining safe roadways
18 wheeler truck accident injuries
The injury patterns among 18 wheeler accident victims is typically quite severe.
When passenger vehicle occupants survive, they often suffer:
- Traumatic brain injury and spinal cord damage
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
- Deep lacerations and burns
- Broken bones and soft tissue tears
- Disability and paralysis
18 wheeler accident settlements
New York is a no-fault state that allows plaintiffs to still collect compensation even when they were at fault, albeit a reduced amount. Your primary objective will be to demonstrate the crippling effect the accident has had on your physical and/or mental well-being, show the financial losses it has caused, and prove that the other party acted negligently to cause your losses.
Other factors that may lower your settlement or award include:
- Soft tissue injuries like sprains, strains or bruises – versus hard injuries like fractures or nerve damage
- Medical expenses related to diagnosis more than for treatment or provided by non-medical-doctors
- Only brief medical treatment with a short recovery period for all injuries, with no permanent injury
- Lack of organization, witnesses, or sympathetic story to create a persuasive and compelling argument
Speak with an 18 wheeler accident attorney today
There is a two year statute of limitations to file claim in New York State, so it’s best to speak with an 18 wheeler attorney sooner rather than later. We invite you to bring up any legal questions you may have with our lawyers in hopes that our answers will help you through this difficult time.
Call 1-800-469-7429 to schedule a free case review with Long Island injury attorneys at Edelman, Krasin and Jaye.
Car accident with 18 wheeler: resources
- IIHS – Large Trucks http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/large-trucks/fatalityfacts/large-trucks
- NHTSA – Crash Stats https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/811868
- FMCSA – Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/data-and-statistics/large-truck-and-bus-crash-facts-2014