Commercial truck accidents occur at a staggering rate. According to the FMSCA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration), over 4,000 people died in crashes involving large trucks or buses in the most recently reported year, and these vehicles account for 12% of all traffic fatalities nationwide. The State of New York is among the top ten states with the highest numbers of fatal accidents with these vehicles. At The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, our trial law team represents victims of truck accidents who have suffered serious injuries, or families who have lost a loved one in a truck accident.
At The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, we take an aggressive approach when seeking compensation for those injured in commercial truck accidents in Brooklyn, The Bronx, and throughout New York.
In a truck accident case, the issue of liability is often complex, with several liable parties identified in a lawsuit filed to recover compensation. These parties could include one or several of the following parties:
To establish liability is often a long process in these cases. Federal law requires serious truck accident cases to be investigated by the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board). This governmental agency dispatches investigators to the accident site to identify the underlying cause(s) of the collision. They work together with local law enforcement and safety personnel at the crash site. From this investigation, a report will be issued about the cause of the collision.
Truck accidents are caused by many types of circumstances and conditions, but the most common include:
The injuries sustained in a collision with a commercial truck in Brooklyn are often very serious or fatal. Common injuries include:
Unfortunately, when a truck driver makes a serious error in judgment, it is not typically the driver who pays the ultimate price. According to the FMCSA, the truck driver was unharmed in 83 percent of fatal truck accidents. A fully loaded 18-wheeler can weigh up to 80,000 lbs., capable of crushing a regular vehicle if not operated with adherence to federal regulations in hours of service and speed.
If you or a family member has been seriously injured in a truck accident anywhere in New York, contact The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC for a free case evaluation. We are aggressive advocates for truck accident injury victims and pursue the maximum possible in compensation.