If you have been injured in a New York truck accident, you may well know that it is a very different kind of case compared with a car accident. First of all, the injuries sustained in a truck accident tend to be far more serious because of the size and weight of a big rig. A number of truck accidents also result in fatalities. Truck accident cases also tend to be worth a lot more than car accident cases. Therefore, it is crucial that you get an experienced New York personal injury attorney on your side before you agree to a settlement or even talk with the truck company’s insurer or defense lawyer.
How a Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help
There are many ways in which an experienced truck accident lawyer can help:
Identifying liable parties: Your truck accident lawyer will be able to determine fault and liability, which is an important first step. In a personal injury case, it is the plaintiff who has the burden of proof, which means that he or she must prove that the defendant was negligent (careless) at the time of the accident. In a truck accident case, there are a number of parties who may be at fault including but not limited to the truck driver, truck owner, the trucking company, a mechanic or maintenance company that failed to properly repair the truck, loading company, etc.
Preserving crucial evidence: In a truck accident case evidence is key to a successful claim or litigation. Since the plaintiff bears the burden of proof, you need an attorney who can help ensure that all relevant evidence is properly preserved. There are a number of pieces of evidence that can be crucial such as driver logs, GPS data, black box data, drug/alcohol test results, truck maintenance records, the truck driver’s personnel files, video footage, etc. Sometimes, when these pieces of evidence are not preserved, they may be misplaced or even destroyed.
Consulting with experts: In a truck accident case, you may need expert testimony to prove your claim. So, your attorney may consult with experts in this field who can help strengthen your case. For example, an accident reconstruction expert can examine the evidence and re-create precisely how the crash occurred. Such expert testimony can be especially useful when there are conflicting statements relating to the accident.
There are also other types of experts who can help your case. For example, doctors may be able to testify that the plaintiff’s injuries were caused by the accident and the medical treatment and expenses he or she incurred were necessary to recover from the injuries. An expert medical professional can also talk about future treatments and therapies that may be necessary. If the victim has suffered a catastrophic injury, vocational experts can help determine the amount of wages the individual might lose as well as help evaluate loss of earning capacity.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
Victims who have been injured in truck accidents may be able to seek compensation for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost income and benefits, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc. Families of deceased accident victims may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for damages such as lost future income, funeral costs, medical expenses, pain and suffering, etc.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, or if you have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident caused by a negligent or careless driver, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options, and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you.
For over 49 years, our skilled accident attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims. Our law firm recently recovered $5,600,000 for a bicyclist who was hit by a van, and $2,550,000 for another victim of a truck accident, and $3,000,000 for a pedestrian who was hit by a car, and the full $1,000,000 insurance policy for a pedestrian who was hit by a truck, and $4,625,000 for a driver who was in a car and was hit by a van, and $2,500,000 for a man who fell through an improperly secured hole. Also, one of our clients obtained a verdict for $43,940,000 and another of our clients got a verdict for $23,500,000, both in medical malpractice cases.
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