White Plains, New York Truck Accident Lawyer

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Call New York’s Truck Accident Lawyers.

Martin+Colin, P.C specializes in truck accident cases involving passenger vehicles and large commercial motor vehicles (18-wheelers, semi-trucks and tractor-trailers). Our White Plains truck accident attorneys come armed with decades of experience in trucking litigation, including detailed knowledge of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations and state-specific safety laws. We deliver justice in truck accident victims all over the state of New York.

Martin+Colin, P.C.: Authentic & Personal Legal Help

 

Everything can change in a moment: a rollover, head-on collision or rear-end accident with a commercial truck can permanently alter the course of your life. Unfortunately, life doesn’t stop because of your trucking accident. In the aftermath of a serious trucking accident, you will be required to chase down medical paperwork, fight with insurance adjusters, and negotiate your legal options—all while looking after your own medical care and recovery. For most, it is simply too much to do alone.

 

Martin+Colin, P.C. is here to look after your legal needs so you can focus on your medical recovery. Fortunately, much of what you lost is financially collectible under New York law, from wage loss and loss of earning capacity to medical expenses, pain and suffering, and even the loss of close relationships resulting from a permanent disability. Truck accident lawsuits are critical in helping injured people recover what they have lost.

Why work with Martin+Colin, P.C.?

We consider your case from every angle.

We understand that large trucking accidents can easily lead to insurance disputes, financial challenges, and lifelong medical disabilities. We train our staff to respond quickly to all truck accident claims, ensuring we have ample time to collect evidence, consider all applicable laws, and investigate all insurance options.

 

We’re here to help, from start to finish.
The NYC truck accident lawyers at Martin+Colin, P.C., understand that, while financial resolution is the ultimate goal, how we get there matters. We make an effort to be available to all our clients throughout the resolution process, making sure they stay informed about changes to their case, and advised of all their legal rights and options.

 

We’re ready to take your case to court.

Martin+Colin P.C. always makes a good-faith effort to resolve your trucking accident case without incurring the risk and expense of going to trial. However, if the insurance defense refuses to offer a fair resolution, our team of highly experienced trial lawyers is fully prepared to take your case to court.

What To Do After a Truck Accident

  • Exchange your insurance details and contact information with the parties
  • Get the truck driver’s name, employer, and vehicle DOT number.
  • Collect the names and contact details of any witnesses of the event.
  • Get a full medical evaluation as soon as possible.
  • Collect documents to support your injury claim for reimbursement purposes, including medical records, specialist referrals, missed work days, and lost wages.
  • Request a copy of the police report.
  • Continue to look after your health and medical needs, making sure to follow your doctor’s instructions.

 

Because of the complicated nature of trucking cases, you may also want to contact a New York truck accident lawyer to evaluate your case. Your lawyer will evaluate the claim to determine what you may be owed from the trucking company’s insurance. Call Martin+Colin P.C. for a free case evaluation: (914) 771 7711.

 

Truck accident cases get complicated quickly.

 

Truck crashes are not like other types of motor vehicle accidents. They may require multiple types of evidence gathering, several different lines of insurance, and even multi-state legal analysis. Trucking laws can even vary depending on the type of vehicle!

 

Even experienced personal injury attorneys can miss key details that could add tremendous value to your case. That’s why you need an experienced truck accident lawyer to consider every angle of liability, from the driver and truck company to third-party dispatching companies, and even trucking parts manufacturers. 

 

The key is in the details. Most commercial vehicles have data monitors on board, which collect critical data in the moments leading up to a crash. Our team meticulously gathers this information when making your case; we also use crash forensics experts to better understand your case. 

 

Don’t let trucking companies use your case’s complexity to their advantage!  Trucking companies may transport their wrecked truck to out-of-state storage locations which slows down the evidence-gathering process. They may also delay or wrongfully deny your claim in an effort to buy themselves some time. 

New York City Truck Accident?

 

Call the New York Truck Accident Lawyers at Martin+Colin P.C.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

When should I hire a New York truck accident lawyer?

You should consider working with a truck accident lawyer if:

 

  • The liability of the case (who is at fault) is disputed
  • Your medical diagnosis shows a permanent disability
  • There were several vehicles involved in your accident
  • The trucking company’s insurance adjuster is denying your claim
  • You have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and/or are struggling with making sense of your claim
  • You have experienced lost wages or loss of earning capacity following the accident
  • You are unsure about how to proceed with your truck accident claim.

 

Many people do not realize how complicated accidents involving trucks can be. In addition to heavy physical and emotional toll, truck accidents often result in large medical costs, and sometimes lifelong injuries. Moreover, there can be multiple responsible parties and lines of insurance that could apply to your case.

 

Getting to the root of these issues is what we do at Martin+Colin P.C. Our truck accident lawyers are here to help you navigate the legal system, determine who is responsible, and negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf.

 

How do trucking accidents occur? 

Common reasons for truck accidents include:

 

  • Fatigue (“falling asleep at the wheel”)
  • Distracted driving
  • Driving while intoxicated/driving under the influence  (DWI, DUI)
  • Insufficient training
  • Failing to observe drivers’ break periods
  • Speeding, aggressive and/or reckless driving
  • Negligent hiring and/or supervision when hiring drivers
  • Safety violations
  • Systemic maintenance issues within the truck fleet
  • Road and/or weather conditions

 

Trucking accidents in the United States are surprisingly common. Forbes reports a truck crash happens about once a minute; that’s nearly 525,000 truck accidents over the course of a year. Commercial trucks can weigh as much as 30 times more than a passenger car; that means that truck-passenger car crashes often have grave consequences. 

 

According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, about 90% of all truck crashes can be attributed to human error. Trucking accidents frequently result from truck safety issues, drivers working long hours, and poor training or supervision. All of these reasons stem from negligence on the part of the driver, the trucking company, the parts manufacturer, and sometimes other parties as well. 

 

It takes just one careless driver to change, or even end, another human life. Each year, American roads become the scene of nearly 5,000 trucking accident fatalities. Many of these tragic accidents could have been fully avoided through driver caution and truck-company oversight. 

 

The New York City truck accident lawyers at Martin+Colin P.C. stands ready to make things right. Call our team today and learn how we can help: (914) 771 7711.

 

What is the statute of limitations for a truck accident in New York?

In the state of New York, people have three (3) years from the date of the accident to file a truck accident lawsuit. Wrongful death claims must be filed within two (2) years of the date of the accident. At the end of this statute of limitations, it is highly unlikely that you will be able to file a lawsuit for compensation.

 

Martin+Colin P.C. recommends speaking to a New York trucking accident lawyer as soon as possible after the accident. This gives us plenty of time to evaluate your claim, determine liable parties, and investigate potential lines of insurance that could apply to your case. Because trucking accidents are notoriously complicated, the more time you give your legal team to research your case, the stronger your claim will be.

Have you been injured in a New York trucking accident?

Call us today for a free case evaluation: (914) 771 7711.

How much insurance is a trucking company required to carry?

Federal laws require all trucks to carry liability insurance (sometimes called “public liability insurance”, as it is intended to protect the public). The amount of insurance depends on the truck’s weight and whether or not it will be used to carry hazardous materials. Liability policies are designed to cover both property damage and medical costs resulting from bodily injury. 

 

Trucks carrying non-hazardous materials require at least $750,000 in liability insurance. Trucks carrying hazardous materials require at least $5 million in liability insurance to offset the risk of hazardous spills. This applies to all trucks that carry dangerous goods such as gasses, radioactive materials, explosives, or any substance that is poisonous after inhalation.

 

The trucking company at fault made me a settlement offer. Should I accept?

Insurance companies are eager to get you to settle, as this limits their liability for any future costs associated with the accident. For this reason, never accept a settlement offer without consulting a New York truck accident lawyer first. Insurance companies want to settle claims fast so that they are not responsible for late-presenting medical conditions. You may not know the extent of your future medical bills, how much time off work your recovery will require, or how long your road to recovery will be.

 

While the days after a truck accident may feel like a blur, and you may be tempted to take the settlement to put it all behind you, always make a phone call to Martin+Colin first: (914) 771 7711. We offer free consultations on all truck insurance cases.

 

What kind of trucking laws are considered when bringing a New York truck accident case?

Commercial truck carriers are required to follow various federal regulations, as well as state laws, to remain in legal operation. Additionally, the tractor, trailer, and load may each follow separate regulatory guidelines depending on the state. Because of these considerations, “big rig” trucking cases can get complicated.

 

Fortunately, you don’t need to understand the ins and outs of trucking law to receive a successful settlement of verdict on your trucking case; you just need a New York law firm that specializes in trucking litigation. The team at Martin+Colin, P.C. understands the nuances of New York state laws that apply to trucking cases, as well as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations that apply across the country.

 

Who will pay my medical bills after a truck accident?

If you are injured in a truck accident where the truck driver is fully at fault, the truck carrier’s commercial vehicle insurance policy is accountable for your medical bills. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may have to pay the copays and deductibles until a settlement or verdict is reached. Property damage is also usually covered by one of these lines of insurance.

 

If you believe you may have been partially at fault for the accident, you may still be eligible to recover damages. New York State is a “comparative negligence state”, which means that you can recover compensation for damages even if you are found mostly at fault. The amount of compensation you can be awarded will be reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to you. 

 

For example, if you were found to be 25% at fault and the other driver was determined to be 75% at fault, you would be able to collect 75% of the damages awarded. If your medical bills and related damages came to $100,000, you would receive $75,000.

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