A New Jersey driver is facing criminal charges for allegedly causing a chain-reaction truck accident on Sunrise Highway in Nassau County. According to an NBC New York news report, police say the driver was operating a tractor-trailer the night of Aug. 13 when he slammed into a vehicle stopped in a left-hand turn lane.
The impact of the crash propelled the stopped car into a second vehicle also waiting in the turn lane. Two men in their 50s suffered multiple injuries from the impact of the chain-reaction collision. The truck’s driver was also transported to an area hospital for reported neck and back injuries.
He was arrested and charged with assault, reckless endangerment and reckless driving. Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured victims of this truck accident. We wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Accidents involving large trucks can result in significant damage. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), in 2019, 4,119 people died in crashes involving large trucks. Sixteen percent of these deaths were truck occupants, 67% were passenger vehicle occupants and 15% were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists. In fatal two-vehicle crashes involving a passenger vehicle and a large truck, 97% of the deaths were occupants of the passenger vehicles. Large trucks were involved in 11% of all motor vehicle crash deaths and 22% of passenger vehicle occupant deaths in multiple-vehicle crashes.
Proving a Truck Accident Case
One of the most important elements to prove after a truck accident is negligence (carelessness). For example, if the truck driver caused the accident because he was asleep behind the wheel, distracted or impaired by alcohol or drugs, that amounts to negligence (carelessness). In such cases, both the truck driver and his or her employer can be held liable for the truck accident and the injuries caused. However, in a truck accident, there are a number of parties who may be at fault including, but not limited to, the truck driver, the trucking company, a mechanic or maintenance company that failed to properly repair the truck, the loading company, etc.
It is also crucial after a truck accident to preserve as much evidence as possible. Since you, as the plaintiff (victim), bear the burden of proof, it is important to ensure that all relevant evidence 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. are preserved. Your personal injury lawyer can help secure this for you. Sometimes, when an effort is not made quickly to preserve these pieces of evidence, they may be misplaced or even destroyed.
Additionally, in a truck accident case, you may need expert testimony to prove your claim. Your truck accident 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.
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 nearly 50 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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