Truck accidents can be among the most catastrophic motor vehicles accidents on New York roadways. On Wednesday, June 1, 2016, a fatal tractor-trailer accident was reported by the Putnam Daily Voice. Reports indicated that 3 people were killed in this accident which occurred on I-84 in Orange County between exits 2 and 3 in Wawayanda, New York. A picture accompanying the story shows the front end of the tractor-trailer having significant contact with the rear-end of a passenger vehicle.
Individuals who have been involved in a truck accident can suffer major injuries that will affect them for the rest of their lives. Due to the massive size of semis and 18 wheelers, truck accidents often inflict catastrophic injuries on the individuals involved, such as spinal cord fractures, amputations, brain injuries, or burns. Many of the catastrophic injuries inflicted in truck accidents can result in death. Catastrophic injuries suffered in a truck accident may also force victims and their families to face significant financial strain, often due to lost wages or costly medical bills.
Proving liability or fault of a driver in a truck accident is similar to proving fault in other vehicular accidents. The goal, as a representative of the victim of such an accident, is to prove negligence. Negligence is the failure to use the care that a reasonably prudent person would use under the same or similar circumstances. Examples of failure to use reasonable care in truck or tractor-trailer accidents include usual claims such as failure to be attentive and failure to see what was there to be seen. Such behavior might include running a stop sign, stop light or other traffic control device, making an imprudent lane change, or failing to stop in time and thus striking a vehicle in the rear. Other examples of negligence may involve driving the truck/tractor-trailer at an excessive speed.
At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, our New York truck accident lawyers have been defending the rights of accident victims for over 50 years. Our attorneys understand the emotional, physical, and financial pain that a truck accident can inflict on victims and their families. We’ll do everything in our power to expedite the legal process and get our clients the compensation they may deserve.
To see if you may have grounds for a lawsuit, call (212) 406-1700 or contact us online. All consultations with Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool are free of charge. Additionally, we take our cases on a contingency fee basis; meaning our clients will receive fair representation free of charge unless there is a monetary recovery.