Four Common Types of Truck Accidents for Which You Can Seek Compensation

Truck accidents are often caused by negligence (carelessness) or wrongdoing on the part of a truck driver, trucking company or other party. This is why, if you have been seriously injured in a New York truck accident, you may be able to seek significant compensation for the injuries, damages and losses you have sustained. It is an established fact that in an accident involving a large truck, the occupants of the smaller passenger vehicle that is hit by the truck suffer the most serious injuries.

Here are four of the most frequently seen kinds of truck accidents that can potentially result in compensation for victims:

1. Tire Blowout Accidents

A tire blowout can of course occur in any vehicle. However, when this happens to a large, heavy vehicle such as a big-rig, the consequences can be devastating. The truck can veer away from a traffic lane, roll over or jackknife. In the process, the truck may strike other passenger vehicles causing serious damage.

A tire blowout is usually caused by poor vehicle maintenance. If a truck tire blows out, the tire debris may also hit other cars causing them to crash. When such a truck crash is caused by poor vehicle maintenance, the trucking company or an entity responsible for maintaining the truck can be held liable for the injuries, damages and losses.

2. Jackknife Truck Accidents

This happens when the cab and trailer portions of the big rig fold at the joint. When the back of the trailer moves faster than the cab, this creates a sharp angle causing the truck to face two directions. The driver loses control of the truck and other vehicles may get hit by the swinging trailer or may become wedged under the back of the truck. These scenarios can lead to catastrophic injuries or fatalities.

3. Unsecured Load Accident

There are federal regulations in place when it comes to loading cargo. It is crucial that trucking companies ensure that the load is immobile and secure. The cargo must not slide or shift in transit. An unsecured load accident may occur when the load slides off the truck into oncoming traffic after a collision because it wasn’t loaded properly. In other scenarios, the load may drop out of the truck and cause an accident because it was not properly secured.

4. Underride Truck Accidents

These types of truck accidents occur when a passenger vehicle slides under a truck either from the rear or the side. The height difference in the vehicles may mean that the top or the front portion of the passenger car gets crushed. Such a crash typically leads to severe injuries including traumatic brain injuries, spinal trauma, internal injuries, multiple broken bones, amputations, etc.

Contacting an Experienced Lawyer

Accidents caused by trucks can result in catastrophic or major injuries that require significant medical treatment and rehabilitation and may leave individuals with temporary or permanent disabilities that prevent them from working and earning an income.

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 50 years, our skilled accident attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims get fair compensation for their losses. 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 $2,000,000 in a hit-and-run accident, 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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