New York City and the millions of people living in Manhattan all rely on the goods and services provided by trucks and other commercial vehicles. These large commercial trucks have to navigate through a dense urban environment and a vast transportation infrastructure, and in order for this to happen truck drivers must observe certain rules and regulations. When truck drivers fail to follow these regulations, or act in a negligent manner, it is very likely that an accident or collision will happen.
Here at Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., we are familiar with the unexpected devastation that can follow a serious truck accident and we are here to help. Our team of New York City truck accident attorneys are fully prepared to take on your case and to dig deep into what or who is really responsible for your collision and subsequent injuries. We have witnessed firsthand the difficulty that many accident victims have when trying to file a claim against some of the national trucking companies, but our lawyers can stand up for your rights and seek full compensation for you. Below, we have provided some additional information about what it takes to file a truck accident claim against a truck driver or trucking company, and the specific ways that we can help with this process.
In the period of time directly following your accident but before you actually file your claim, there are certain steps you should take to ensure that your claim will be successful. Immediately following your accident, you should take the time to write down the details of your accident and your injuries. You should do this even if the police have filed a report, because their report may not contain all of the details you have noticed. If possible, you should take photographs of the accident scene, collect witness testimonies, and even physical evidence of the accident.
Every piece of information that you gather will be helpful in establishing liability with the truck driver involved in your accident. You should also notify the trucking company and trucker of your intention to file an injury claim. If you choose to work with a truck accident attorney, your attorney will handle these steps for you. Your attorney will also know about the process for filing an accident claim with the insurance company, and will make sure that you don’t miss any deadlines.
Once you have filed an accident claim, you will soon be contacted by insurance adjusters who will ask for access to your medical records and other pieces of evidence. This insurance adjuster does not have your best interests in mind, and you should refrain from talking to him or her unless your attorney is present and has approved. Insurance adjusters may offer you a settlement if your accident is such where liability clearly lies with the trucking company, but you should always check with a New York City truck accident lawyer at our firm before you accept this offer. It a sad reality that many accident victims accept compensation offers that are far below what they deserve.
If your accident was minor and you suffered very little damage or injury, you may not need an attorney to negotiate a fair settlement. This is rarely the case with commercial truck accidents, however, because of the immense size and massive weight that these trucks carry. When you choose to enlist the help of an experienced lawyer, you can rest assured knowing that your attorney knows what factors must be present in order to succeed with your claim. Here at Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., we have discovered that many accidents happen because truck drivers choose to drive too many hours in a row and are physically and mentally fatigued.
To determine if truck driver fatigue played a role in your accident, our firm will take steps to obtain and examine the truck driver’s logbook to check the number of hours and mileage driven. We know what to look for to determine if a truck driver broke the rules, and we are ready to take action on your behalf as soon as you call our firm. We will also investigate your accident to determine if drunk or drugged driving was a factor. Truck drivers are prone to start abusing alcohol or drugs because they are kept away from their loved ones for extended periods of time, and because they are required to stay awake throughout the night and extended periods of time. This is a deadly habit, and anyone with a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) is held to a higher standard as a result. In fact, drivers with a CDL can be arrested for DUI for a BAC level of .04%, which is half of the BAC that drivers with normal licenses can be arrested for.
Regardless of what circumstances led to your truck accident, you deserve to have quality legal assistance and caring support. Here at Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., we strive to provide every client with the highest quality of legal representation throughout the entire duration of their claim. Contact our firm today to schedule your free consultation to discuss your legal options with a New York City truck accident lawyer who cares about you and accomplishing your goals.