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Truck accidents don’t just happen in New York City, at Roth & Roth, our truck accident lawyers practice and handle truck accident claims throughout New York State. 

Truck accidents are some of the most serious accidents you can face. These heavy vehicles carry tens of thousands of pounds in their trailers. Even the cab itself weighs multiple tons. When a truck driver is negligent, you could be seriously harmed. 

Trucks and their trailers can do substantial damage to people on New York's roads. Whether you were in another vehicle or were a pedestrian, you could be owed substantial compensation for all that you have been through. Another person's negligence should not leave you on the hook for all of the costs. That wrongdoer should have to pay you for everything that you going through.

The attorneys at Roth & Roth know how to pursue your rights following a truck accident in New York. Our New York City truck accident lawyers have what it takes to pursue compensation in your case and help you protect your rights. Our firm never charges a fee unless and until we win you compensation. We provide a compassionate and helping hand while providing high-quality legal services to you. Let us help you fight for the compensation you deserve.

We know that when you need a truck accident lawyer, you need answers quickly. Our legal team has been representing people injured or killed in New York for over 25 years. Our experience can make your claim move much faster. Contact us if you’ve been involved in a truck accident in New York. 

Truck Accidents and Personal Injury Lawsuits

After you are involved in a truck accident, it is imperative that you reach out to a qualified attorney for an assessment of your claim. Our legal team knows how to handle your situation and how to seek compensation for you. We know what you are going through and the pain caused by your truck accident.

A personal injury case usually starts by filing a complaint against the party or parties responsible for the truck accident. A legal complaint is a document that outlines the basic allegations of your claim. It lists the parties, the legal theories, and a request for monetary compensation. The damages request is general and does not usually require a specific dollar number at this early stage. Instead, the focus is on putting each defendant on notice of the claim and giving them a chance to file an answer.

Whenever you are injured, you need the personal injury attorneys at Roth & Roth. We know how to meet deadlines, handle complex procedural requirements, and file against the proper parties. With your case in the right hands, you can trust your interests are protected. We honestly care about the well-being of our clients and work zealously to fight for compensation in your case.

Truck accidents can be caused by many different parties and because of various conduct. Certain common situations are often the cause of a serious accident that led to your harm. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Improper truck maintenance by the driver or trucking company
  • Intoxicated truck drivers
  • Distracted driving by truck drivers
  • Defective truck parts or defective tires
  • Failure to check blind spots
  • Failure to signal when changing lanes
  • Lack of proper training or unsafe drivers
  • Improper loading and balancing of truck trailers
  • Jackknife accidents
  • Off tracking; where the back of the trailer turns tighter than the front of the trailer
  • Speeding and reckless driving

This list could continue on much longer, but these examples show just how dangerous a truck accident can be. If you were harmed by a truck in New York City or anywhere in New York State, you deserve fair and honest representation by qualified attorneys. 

What should I do after a truck accident in New York City?

The first focus after your accident is your health. This is always the most important thing, and this is something we take seriously. Get medical attention for you and anyone else injured in the collision. Once you are safe, there are additional steps you should take that can help protect your rights and help you win a personal injury claim. These steps can include:

  • Taking down the names and contact information of eyewitnesses
  • Retain all medical bills, records, invoices, and other information
  • Take pictures of injuries, property damage, and anything else you think of
  • Get the other driver's insurance information, address, name, and other contact information
  • Get a copy of the police report related to the accident

In addition to these steps, you should contact an experienced truck accident attorney in NYC right away. A trusted lawyer can help with this process and make sure you are collecting critical evidence that may help prove your truck accident case.

What is the standard of proof for NYC truck accident lawsuits?

Most truck accident lawsuits fall within the personal injury law category. This means that they usually are subject to a "preponderance of the evidence" standard. The injured person is required to prove that their version of the case is more likely than not how it happened. Many describe this standard as having to convince the judge or jury that the defendant is responsible by at least 51%.

This is a much less difficult standard than "beyond a reasonable doubt" which is used in criminal cases. However, it is still a high burden and the case should be handled by a qualified truck accident lawyer in New York. Failure to prove the case by the standard of proof means you will not be entitled to monetary damages. 

Who may be liable in NYC truck accident claims?

There are several parties that may be responsible for a truck accident claim. The first is the truck driver. Their negligence may be the reason you were badly injured. Their actions could mean they are individually liable for the damages you have suffered. However, individual truck drivers often have inadequate assets to fully compensate you. 

Trucking companies may also be responsible for the accident. First, most companies are vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their employees. This means that a trucking company is usually on the hook for the negligent actions of its driver, even if the company did not directly cause the accident. This helps injured people make sure there are sufficient assets from which to seek financial compensation.

Truck companies may also be directly liable for the accident. When they themselves are negligent, this can cause major damage and injuries. They may be directly responsible for actions like:

  • Improperly training drivers
  • Hiring unqualified or dangerous drivers
  • Using unsafe loading practices
  • Forcing drivers to work overly long hours
  • Failure to maintain trucks and equipment
How long can I wait to file a truck accident claim in New York?

Most truck accident lawsuits must be filed within three years of the date the accident occurred according to New York Civil Practice Law & Rules Section 214. If the truck accident claim is not filed in time, your case is very likely to be dismissed by the judge. In cases involving municipalities, there is a 90-day deadline to file a notice of claim and 1 year and 90 days to file a lawsuit.

How much does a New York City truck accident lawyer cost?

Our truck accident attorneys use a contingency fee basis in our cases. This means that we will not get paid unless and until you do. This protects your rights and finances. You are already dealing with difficult financial problems from the accident. We are here to help alleviate those issues and get you fair compensation. We are in it to make sure you are well-represented and get the compensation you are owed.

Do you work outside of New York City?

Yes. Although our law firm is based in Manhattan, we can, and do, handle cases throughout the entire State of New York.

A truck accident may have left you injured and dealing with high costs. You could be suffering financially, physically, and psychologically all because of the negligent conduct of a truck driver or company. You are entitled to a free consultation of your case to know what compensation may be available. Our attorneys know how to analyze your claim and help identify who is to blame for your truck accident.

At Roth & Roth, we are here to help you. We take on big trucking companies, drivers, and even manufacturers to make sure our clients get the compensation they deserve. A skilled New York City truck accident lawyer is ready to represent you.

Contact us today to discuss your situation - initial consultations are always free of charge. 

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