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A Long Island City Queens Truck Accident Attorney Can Help You After an Accident
Long Island City (LIC) is a residential and commercial neighborhood on the extreme western tip of Queens, a borough of NYC. It is bordered by Astoria to the north, the East River to the west, New Calvary Cemetery in Sunnyside to the east; and Newtown Creek—which separates Queens from Greenpoint, Brooklyn—to the south.
Incorporated as a city in 1870, Long Island City was originally the seat of government of the Town of Newtown, before becoming part of the City of Greater New York in 1898. In the early 21st century, Long Island City became known for its rapid and ongoing residential growth and gentrification, its waterfront parks, and its thriving arts community. The area has a high concentration of art galleries, art institutions, and studio space.
Millions Recovered for Accident Victims
If you were injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident, turn to the NY truck accident attorneys at Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. PC for help. Our attorneys help victims explore their options after life-changing accidents and injuries.
Reasons to call us after a crash:
- Millions in compensation recovered on behalf of our clients.
- Compassionate trial lawyer with over fifteen (15) years of legal experience.
- FREE in-office consultations, and no fee unless we win.
We Handle All Types of Truck Accident Cases
Semi-trucks and 18-wheelers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, take much longer to stop than standard cars, and are slow to maneuver – all factors that increase risks for accidents and catastrophic damage. Trucking companies and operators know the risks their rigs pose to public safety, as well as the need to uphold their duty of care to keep motorists free from preventable harm.
If they fail to meet their obligations and cause harm, then they need to be held accountable for damages victims suffer. Our New York truck accident lawyers take a team approach and have the resources to help victims harmed in a variety of truck and commercial vehicle accidents.
This includes cases that involve:
- Catastrophic Injury and wrongful death
- Negligent truck drivers / negligent hiring or training
- Distracted or impaired driving
- Violations of federal trucking regulations
- Truck tire blowouts and auto defects
- Cargo loading and securement violations
- Truck driver fatigue (Hours-of-Service violations)
- Inadequately maintained vehicles
- Construction site/ worksite truck accidents
- Delivery truck, garbage truck, and service vehicle accidents
- Multi-vehicle accidents
Because large trucks can cause such catastrophic damage to other motorists in the event of an accident, truck drivers are required to follow more laws both on and off the road than other motor vehicles are required to follow. One of the most notable laws for truckers is called the hours of service regulations. The main purpose of this rule is to prevent fatigued driving, a major cause of truck accidents on the road today. Thus, the laws are aimed at ensuring that truck drivers are not overworked and are rested enough to be on the road. According to this law:
- Truck drivers can work a maximum of 14 hours in a single workday. Of these 14 hours, however, truckers can only drive for 11 hours, with the remaining time spent on meal or rest breaks
- Truck drivers must rest for at least 10 consecutive hours before beginning a new workday
- Truck drivers are required to take days off work at regular intervals
Unfortunately, whether due to negligence or pressure from trucking companies these rules are not always followed which can lead to accidents on the road. If you have been injured, contact our firm for help today and discuss the details of your case during a free consultation.
What to Do If You're Involved in a Tractor Trailer Accident
Truck accidents are notoriously severe. After a truck accident it can be difficult to know what to do. In general the best steps to take after an accident are:
- Call the police
- Get medical treatment and document all injuries
- Report the accident
- Keep a record of all accident related documents
- Get advice from a lawyer
Even if your accident happened a few days ago it's not too late to begin on some of these steps! An attorney from our firm can walk you through the best course of action to take.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
- Distracted driving
- Driving aggressively
- Driving while tired
- Inclement weather
- Road conditions
- Driving under the influence
What Forms of Compensation May Be Available?
While the specific amount of compensation you can recover after an accident is widely dependent on the specifics of you case, the types of damages an injury victim can pursue in a personal injury claim remain consistent. There are three categories of damages, economic, non-economic, and punitive. Economic damages deals with the financial losses associated with your injuries. These could include medical expenses or the wages you would have earned from missed work days, if you injuries preclude you from being able to work. Other forms of compensation besides medical expenses that are compensated through non-economic damages may include:
- Vehicle damage
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Cost of hiring a caregiver if you have a severe disability
- Lost enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship
- Physical pain
- Emotional suffering
New York is one of about a dozen states in the U.S. that uses a no-fault liability system when it comes to auto accidents. This means that most compensation for medical bills is paid to accident victims by going through their own insurance coverage, regardless of who is at fault for causing an accident. This insurance is called No-fault.
Who is Responsible for My Trucking Accident?
Determining what caused a truck accident and who is liable for your damages can be a challenging task. Determining fault requires attorneys to review police reports, witness testimony, and other available evidence. It may require independent investigation and accident reconstruction, or the insight of experts.
It also demands legal insight to identify appropriate defendants, available insurance, and causes of action. Examples of parties that may be held at fault in truck accident lawsuits:
- Negligent truckers and the companies that employs them.
- Trucking operators that violate federal regulations.
- Negligent third-party services contracted by trucking companies to perform vehicle maintenance or handle distribution and cargo-loading.
- Automakers or vehicle part manufactures responsible for product defects.
- Negligent subcontractors who cause trucking accidents on multi-employer worksites.
- Premises owners responsible for hazards that cause truck accidents on private property.
Should I Accept the Insurance Company's Settlement?
Trucking operators responsible for accidents are represented by their insurance companies. These insurers owe their policyholders a duty of good faith, but they owe no such duty to you.
Because they are corporations that put profits over people, insurance companies will go to great lengths to pay victims as little as possible. If you are contacted by an insurance company, remember:
- You are not required to speak with a defendant's insurer.
- Your attorney can handle communications with insurers on your behalf.
- You do not have to accept a settlement offer, especially before you know the full extent of your damages.
Insurance companies want to settle truck accident claims as quickly and as cheaply as they can. This is because they know truck accident victims can suffer serious if not catastrophic injuries, and that trucking lawsuits pose the threat of big payouts. If you have been made an offer, our attorneys can help you determine if it is fair, or discuss how you may be entitled to more.
How Much is a Truck Accident Lawsuit Worth?
The value of a truck accident lawsuit depends on a variety of factors specific to your case. In general, victims of personal injury are entitled to compensation for damages such as:
- Past and future medical bills
- Past and future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Lost quality of life arising from disability or disfigurement
- Other financial and emotional losses arising from the accident
How Can an Attorney Help My Truck Accident Case?
Trucking companies and commercial insurance carriers are in a business of risk. They know accidents pose threats to their bottom line, and will deny, dispute, and underpay claims any way they can. Without an attorney, you not only risk being taken advantage of by insurance carriers, you also lack leverage to compel them into paying what you deserve.
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Our truck accident lawyers are experienced, driven, and backed by the resources to help victims level the playing field with powerful insurance companies.
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LIC Queens Truck Accident Attorney
If you have been injured in a Trucking Accident in Long Island City Queens due to someone else's negligence, contact the LIC Queens Truck Accident Lawyer at Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. PC and get the wheels of justice spinning for you. Call 212-240-9465 now!