Our NYC Truck Accident Lawyers Can Recover Compensation From Insurance Companies
Commercial vehicles such as trucks, tractor-trailers, commercial vans and other such vehicles often have much more insurance coverage than a typical vehicle operating on a New York State roadway. This is true for 2 reasons. First, the owner of the vehicle, under New York State laws, is vicariously liable for the negligence of the driver. In other words, any negligence of the driver is also attributable to the vehicle owner – provided the driver was driving the vehicle with the permission and consent of the owner. This permissive use is almost always the case since the driver is usually operating the owner's vehicle in the course of his employment. Since the owner will be liable for the driver's negligence, the owner must protect himself or herself with adequate insurance. Moreover, since the company employing the truck driver is usually a commercial business which typically has significant assets, a large amount of insurance is often procured in order to protect those assets. This is especially true with tractor-trailers which, for example, could be owned by an oil company or other large business. These vehicles often have $10 million of insurance coverage or more. Other commercial vehicles often have auto liability insurance of at least $1 million. The second reason such large insurance coverage exists for commercial vehicles is that when such a large vehicle is involved in an accident, the accident is likely to involve extremely serious injuries or death. The combination of the potential for catastrophic loss, along with the fact that the defendant may have significant assets to protect, results in such vehicles procuring large amounts of insurance.
As one might imagine, catastrophic injuries resulting in very large claims against a defendant's insurance company often present a scenario of high stakes litigation. In fact, in the context of vehicular accidents, such cases often involve the highest stakes litigation for insurance companies and attorneys. As a result, it is important to carefully select an attorney who is accustomed to litigating such cases against the best of the best. The attorneys for the truck company are unlikely to leave any stone unturned in an effort to minimize the amount of compensation owed to a truck accident victim. In fact, they may even deny that an injured plaintiff has a right to recover any money for his or her losses. These losses may include debilitating or catastrophic injuries that require a lifetime of medical care or even 24 hour home care services. In some cases, the losses may even cost the victim the ability to retain a job.
As a result, our truck accident lawyers in NYC will retain all appropriate experts to account for such losses. These experts may include an economist, an accountant, a life care planner and any number of medical experts to help determine the losses and or limitations caused by the accident. Also, the losses invariably will involve a claim of significant pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. In a wrongful death situation, a family may be left without the husband, wife, father or mother who supported the family. Children may lose a parent and be left without the guidance, nurturing and support that a parent provides. Again, such losses may require the necessity to retain any number of expert witnesses, and the victim and his or her family should carefully select a truck accident lawyer who has the experience and knowledge to litigate the case in a manner that will lead to fair and adequate compensation to the victims for such losses. Our truck accident attorneys use their expertise to attempt to maximize recovery. We recognize that a fair recovery must take into account the needs of families that are victims of such life-changing events. The lawsuit brought against the responsible party is often the one and only chance the victim and his or her family has to be able to live with dignity after a serious or catastrophic accident involving a truck, tractor-trailer, van, bus or any other large commercial vehicle.
The Best Truck Accident Lawyers In NYC
Our attorneys are recognized as leaders in New York truck accident trial law. 6 of our attorneys have achieved AV Preeminent status with Martindale-Hubbell representing the highest ranking for ethical standards and legal ability. 5 of our attorneys have been featured as Super Lawyers® in the New York Metropolitan Area as published in the Magazine Section of the New York Times. Our firm is ranked among the Best Lawyers® in the State of New York and is ranked among the Best Law Firms in the New York Metro area by US News & World Report.
Why Should You Hire Our Experienced NYC Truck Accident Lawyers?
Individuals who have suffered an injury in a truck accident should not hesitate to seek the counsel of an experienced truck accident lawyer in NYC. Taking too much time to secure legal counsel can result in a failure to comply with the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is a law that states the amount of time injured individuals have to file a claim following an accident. Failure to file a claim before the statute of limitations expires can result in injured individuals being forever barred from receiving the compensation they may deserve. As a result, it is important that victims of truck accidents take steps to hire an attorney as soon as possible. Our lawyers understand the time constraints imposed by the statute of limitations. We handle all of our clients' claims in a timely manner to ensure they are eligible to recoup the compensation they may be entitled.
How Do I Schedule A Consultation With Your Truck Accident Lawyers In NYC?
If you or someone you love has suffered an injury due to a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free consultation with our truck accident lawyers in NYC, call our Manhattan office at 212.406.1700, our Bronx office at 718.892.0400 or contact us online. We will review your case and discuss your legal options with you. The attorneys at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool And The Law Office Of William A. Gallina, LLP take all cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning our services are free of charge unless there is a monetary recovery. Our law firm is proud to serve the New York City area, including the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island, as well as the surrounding counties and New Jersey. We offer legal services in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Chinese.