Over one-third of long-distance truck drivers experience serious truck accidents at least once in their careers, reports the Center for Disease Control & Prevention. When these truck accidents happen in Chinatown, NYC, they can leave the other drivers or pedestrians involved with serious injuries.
If you were injured in a Chinatown, NYC truck accident caused by another party's negligence in Chinatown, you may be able to recover compensation in a personal injury lawsuit. Our Chinatown, NYC truck accident attorneys at the Law Firm of Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. PC could manage your insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit when we represent you.
Compensation You Can Receive in a Chinatown Truck Accident Case
The compensation available in a truck accident case depends on many variables. To give you an accurate estimate of what compensation may be available in your case, we need to look at the facts during an in-office consultation.
In general, the following damages may be recoverable in a truck accident case:
- Medical bills
- Estimated future costs of medical treatment
- Loss of income and earning capacity
- Emotional distress and mental anguish
- Disability and loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
In the worst-case scenario, some victims of Chinatown truck accidents in New York City do not survive. If your family member died in a Chinatown truck accident, you may be able to recover a different set of damages in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Chinatown Truck Accidents Lawsuits Can Be Complex
When a commercial truck is involved in a personal injury lawsuit, there are additional considerations and laws involved in the case. Unlike a Chinatown car case, the drivers of 18-wheelers and semi-trucks must abide by state and federal laws specific to truckers.
Numerous parties may be held liable and some cases can include several defendants, from the driver to the manufacturer of the brake components and from the insurer of the truck vs. the insurer of the tractor. Insurance issues can also vary from the typical car accident case. All these variables require an attorney with knowledge and experience in Chinatown truck accident cases.
Operators of commercial vehicles and big trucks have a special responsibility to maintain all safety precautions while on the road. Federal law requires that many guidelines be adhered to, including mandated rest breaks. Your Chinatown truck accident lawyer will be able to look for evidence concerning whether failure to follow these laws had any bearing on your crash.
What Causes Chinatown Truck Accidents?
Truck driver error, sub-standard maintenance and even defective parts can all contribute to the accident that takes place in Chinatown. Of all the causes that could be involved, truck driver errors are the most common. Some of the more common causes of Chinatown truck accidents include:
- Speeding, reckless driving and/or distracted driving
- Driver fatigue and/or failing to take breaks
- Driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Overloaded truck, violating acceptable weight standards
- Not maintaining a safe distance from other cars on the road
- An improperly securing load on the vehicle
- Failure to perform safety checks and functioning of brakes, tires and lights
- Driver failing to adjust speed and take precautions during adverse weather
Many Chinatown truck accidents could have been prevented if safety precautions were taken or if laws were followed. If the negligence of a commercial driver resulted in your injury or an injury to someone you love, you may benefit from the help of a Chinatown truck accident lawyer.
We Can Help to Find All the Liable Parties in a Chinatown Truck Accident
A variety of parties could be liable for your Chinatown truck accident injuries. In some cases, truck accidents have more than one at-fault party. As a result, the litigation process can be complicated, especially if you still have to deal with the injuries you sustained.
The responsible parties in a truck accident case may include:
- The truck driver
- The owner of the truck
- The loaders of the cargo or the freight and forwarding company
- Some government entities
- The truck or trailer manufacturer
- The repair company that works on the truck
- The trucking company that leased the vehicle
When you work with Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. PC, a Chinatown truck accident lawyer from our firm can identify the liable party or parties in your case and pursue them for damages on your behalf. We are willing to take on any party whose negligence caused your injuries.