Every kind of motor vehicle accident is serious and has the potential to result in injury. Due to their size and weight, however, accidents involving 18-wheelers and semi-trucks have the potential to cause much more severe injuries to drivers and passengers. For people in smaller vehicles—who have less protection—truck accidents can result in serious injuries, like spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. Sadly, many truck accidents result in fatalities.
At the law firm of Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP, our experienced New York truck accident lawyers offer help and representation to people who have been injured in collisions with 18-wheel vehicles and other trucks, as well as to those who have had loved ones killed in these types of accidents. We can guide you through the aftermath of the accident and explain your right to seek compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages.
While many truck drivers are safe, some drivers and trucking companies disregard the rules of the road and the safety of other drivers in the interests of profits.
Common causes of semi-truck accidents include:
These are just some examples of how truck accidents may occur. It’s important to understand what caused your accident, as this helps identify who is liable. While a truck driver may have caused the crash, his or her employer could be liable, meaning you could have grounds to take action against the trucking company and seek compensation through their insurance provider.
In New York, claims for medical injuries require meeting certain thresholds, as defined by New York State’s no-fault law. In other words, you must prove that you sustained “serious injuries” in order to seek compensation for your medical bills and related damages. Our firm has the experience in evaluating claims based on these thresholds and presenting your claim in the strongest light possible.
Another complicating factor in truck accident claims is the many potentially liable parties. You may be entitled to seek compensation from one or more liable parties, including the truck driver, the trucking company, a parts manufacturer, a negligent motorist, or another third party. Our New York truck accident lawyers conduct exhaustive investigations into these claims in order to determine exactly what happened and, importantly, who is liable for your damages.
Put simply, these are incredibly complex claims. The nature and severity of your injuries may mean that you are looking at a long, difficult road to recovery. You need an experienced legal team on your side that can advocate for the compensation you need both now and for future damages. You need someone who knows how to take on major trucking companies and their insurance providers, someone who can aggressively negotiate for your recovery and, if necessary, argue your case at trial. Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP is ready to put our 40+ years of experience and proven track record of results on your side.
A serious truck accident can change your entire life. At Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP, we are prepared to help you get back on your feet by fighting for the justice and recovery you deserve. Since 1971, we have been representing injured individuals and the families of those wrongfully killed throughout New York and the nation. We have successfully secured more than $2 billion dollars for our clients. Find out how we can help you move forward with your claim today.