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Truck drivers are essential workers that help keep Queens and the rest of New York City running. Residents, businesses, and offices in Queens all rely on truck drivers to transport food, goods, and mail to the borough.
But truck safety is a big challenge for the city. Accidents have happened both on the residential streets of Queens and on the city’s many freeways and major roads. Tragically, many of these truck accidents have injured and even killed motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists.
If you or a family member were hurt in a truck accident in Queens, you know how serious truck accident injuries are. When your health and livelihood hang in the balance, you need aggressive legal representation.
Hurt511’s truck accident attorneys know the tactics that the trucking and insurance companies use to deny claims. They know what it takes to prove fault on the part of the truck driver, the trucking company, and other responsible parties. Our attorneys will fight on your behalf to try and recover the maximum compensation you need and deserve for your medical bills and more.
Fill out a free case evaluation form or call 1.800.HURT.511 to speak with a truck accident lawyer and learn what your case could be worth.
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They’re more common than you might think, unfortunately. Approximately 500,000 truck accidents occur every year, according to the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT). And of those truck accidents, an average of 5,000 of them are fatal crashes.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the majority (52%) of truck-related accidents occur on major roads. Interstates and freeways are also frequent locations for truck accidents, with 33% of trucking accidents occurring on these roads. Minor roads were the site of just 15% of all truck accidents.
Additionally, half of all truck deaths occur between 6 AM and 3 PM, or during daytime hours, according to IIHS.
Out of all fatal crashes involving a large truck and a passenger crashes in 2018, 96% of those crashes were fatal for the passenger vehicle driver, according to the IIHS. But why are truck accidents so dangerous and so often fatal? There are many factors at play.
First off, the sheer size of trucks makes truck accidents far more deadly. Loaded commercial trucks weigh as much as 30 times as much as passenger cars. This is why collisions between trucks and cars are often the deadliest accidents on the road.
Trucks also take longer to stop and break. A loaded tractor-trailer requires up to a 40 percent greater distance than a typical passenger vehicle to stop, according to the USDOT. That distance can be even greater if there are dangerous road conditions. This requires truck drivers to be alert and extra-observant of their surroundings at all times, in case they must come to a sudden stop.
And finally, some trucks, like chemical tankers, haul hazardous chemicals. A crash with one of these trucks could result in dangerous chemical spills, exposure to toxic chemicals, and even explosions.
There are a few things motorists can do to stay safe while on the road with truck drivers, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), including:
It’s important to remember that a motorist can take every safety precaution on the road and still get involved in a terrible truck accident. Truck drivers have a greater responsibility than the average motorist to drive safely and diligently.
If an accident happens and you or someone you love gets hurt, call 1.800.HURT.511 to speak with a truck accident attorney who can help you pursue justice and compensation.
Every truck accident is different. The damages or compensation you could recover after your truck accident case completely depends on the unique details and circumstances surrounding your case. However, the types of damages your attorney could pursue on your behalf include:
Economic damages, which compensate for losses that are financial in nature. These include medical bills, lost wages, the cost of replacing your car, loss of your ability to work after the accident, and more.
Non-economic damages, which compensate for losses that are not financial in nature, but are still important to leading a happy and successful life. These include pain and suffering, anguish, loss of companionship, disability, disfigurement, and more.
Additionally, you may able to recover compensation via a third-party claim. A third-party claim means that another party other than the truck driver had some responsibility for the accident, such as the manufacturer of a defective part of the truck or the mechanic who was responsible for servicing or repairing the truck. Call 1.800.HURT.511 to speak with a Queens truck accident attorney who can help you determine if you could pursue a claim against a third party.
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1. Fill out this form or call 1.800.HURT.511.
2. Take 30 seconds to answer a few questions to see what your case is worth.
3. Connect with attorneys in your area who will fight for you—always on a contingency-fee basis.
4. Receive your settlement.
Regardless of your immigration status, if you were hurt in a truck accident, you have a protected right to high-quality legal representation from an attorney. Call 1.800.HURT.511 to speak with a Queens truck accident lawyer who will guide you through every step of the legal process and fight to recover compensation on your behalf.
1.800.HURT.511 has a tried-and-true record of success recovering big settlements for truck accident victims in all five boroughs of New York City, Long Island, and New Jersey. Call 1.800.HURT.511 for a free case evaluation today.