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Who Can I Sue for an Accident with a Truck in New York?

If you or a loved were involved in an accident with a truck in New York, you are likely wondering who can I sue?  Our skilled truck accident attorneys can help you navigate the lawsuit process for your injuries and obtain the compensation to which you are entitled.

Lawsuits for injuries from an accident with any type of commercial vehicle including trucks, tractor trailers, semis, big rigs, 18 wheeler, cargo trucks, box trucks, and tow trucks may only be brought within 3 years of the date of the accident in New York State.

A lawsuit for an accident with a truck may involve multiple parties.  These parties may include:

  • Truck Driver: If the accident was caused by the negligence or recklessness of the truck driver.
  • Trucking Company: If the truck driver was employed by a company, the company could be liable for the driver’s actions.  They also can be held responsible if the company failed to maintain the truck properly or did not follow safety regulations.
  • Truck Manufacturer: If a defect in the truck or one of its parts contributed to the accident, the manufacturer may be responsible.
  • Maintenance Provider: If a third-party maintenance company was responsible for maintaining the truck and their negligence led to the accident, they could be liable.
  • Cargo Loaders: If improper loading or securing of cargo caused the accident, the party responsible for loading the truck could be sued.
  • Government Entities: If poor road conditions or improper signage contributed to the accident, the government entity responsible for road maintenance may be held responsible. 

In New York, the law firm of De Caro & Kaplen, LLP has successfully sued truck drivers, trucking companies, truck manufacturers, and government entities for the personal injuries sustained in an accident with a big rig.  

These lawsuits have resulted in multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients.

Call us today at (212) 732-2262 for a free consultation, or fill in our contact form here.

New York Truck Accident Lawsuit Verdicts & Settlements

Here just a few  of the truck accident cases we have successfully handled for our clients:

  • $2,000,000 settlement for the death of a driver who ran into the rear of a tractor-trailer illegally parked on the shoulder of an interstate highway.  Investigation established the tractor trailer was parked on the shoulder for several hours without flairs, cones, or flashing lights to alert motorists to his presence.  
  • $8,500,000 award against a truck driver during trial for brain injuries sustained by our client, who was driving a car struck by the negligent driver.
  • $3,500,000 for traumatic brain injury sustained by a college student against a university which directed students to drive themselves to an athletic practice in hazardous weather conditions, violating safety standards and university rules, resulting in motor vehicle skidding on an icy roadway and colliding with a truck.
  • $2,100,000 settlement for a skull fracture to an infant automobile passenger, which occurred when the vehicle was rear-ended by a truck.
  • $2,000,000 pre-trial settlement for a vehicle accident caused by a negligent driver who struck our client’s vehicle, resulting in a concussion and post-concussion syndrome.
  • $2,000,000 jury verdict for a taxi passenger’s Parkinson’s disease, caused by the collision between a bus and the taxi.
  • $1,900,000 settlement for a motor vehicle accident caused by improper maintenance of brakes in a truck, resulting in a head-on collision and closed-head brain damage for our client.
  • $1,390,000 settlement during trial for spinal injuries caused when an inattentive bus driver rear-ended our client’s car.
  • $1,000,000 for abdominal injuries sustained by vehicle operator involved in head-on collision with a pickup truck which crossed over the center median line.

In one case, a tractor-trailer rear-ended a vehicle on an interstate highway, causing brain damage to our client. De Caro & Kaplen, LLP discovered through our investigation the truck driver’s logs showed he was driving in excess of the permissible time periods pursuant to federal regulations. We were able to establish the truck driver’s inattentiveness to the road and driving conditions was the cause of this truck crash. Our efforts resulted in a settlement providing multi-million-dollar, lifelong financial assistance to our client.

Steps Involved In Suing For a Truck Accident in New York

Before commencing a lawsuit for your truck accident, your attorneys need to conduct a full investigation to determine who to sue and the basis for the lawsuit.  These steps include: 

  • Obtaining all police investigation reports and accident reconstruction reports
  • Obtaining all witness information and witness statements and conduct necessary interviews
  • Obtaining all 911 tapes and photographs
  • Reviewing important government regulations for the conduct of trucks and truck drivers including the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rules and regulations for safe operation of commercial vehicles.  

We will work with experts to reconstruct the accident and determine the liability of the truck driver, trucking company, and other responsible parties for your injuries.

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If you suffered injury in a truck accident in New York that was not your fault you have a right to sue the individuals responsible. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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