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Bronx Truck Accident Lawyer

Truck accidents can be devastating, both to the victim and his or her family. Since trucks are so much bigger than cars and motorcycles, a truck accident can have cataclysmic effects, even at a low impact, and can result in serious back injuries, spinal cord damage, brain injury or even death. James Newman, P.C. has been helping accident victims collect fair and just compensation for their injuries for more than 35 years. Our focus is singular–your recovery. Contact a truck accident lawyer from your seasoned firm today.

Truck Accident Lawyer | Here for Truck Accident Victims in NYC

Trucking accidents often involve dangerous behavior behind the wheel such as unsafe backing up, drowsy driving or careless lane changing. However, mechanical issues, such as defective brakes and tire failure, also cause or contribute to a high number of New York truck collisions. In the Bronx, just like all of New York City, delivery trucks are involved in many accidents, which occur due to their shape, size and frequent double-parking and short-distance driving.

Regardless of the type of truck that caused your accident, a Bronx auto accident lawyer from James Newman, P.C. can assist you in pursuing damages from any person or entity liable. When appropriate, we seek compensation not only from the responsible driver and the insurance company, but also from the trucking company that employs or contracts the driver.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

In our experience, the truck driver is not often solely responsible for the accident — however, some truckers are under significant pressure from their employers to meet deadlines. Truck drivers under this kind of pressure can develop stress, suffer from driver fatigue due to lack of sleep, use dangerous substances to stay awake, and cut corners when it comes to maintaining their trucks. For innocent drivers on the road, it’s a recipe for disaster.

In the cases we’ve handled, our attorneys have seen the following factors play a role in truck and car accidents:

  • Turning — Large trucks need a lot of room to turn, and often need more than just one lane to make a right turn. This can result in unsuspecting passenger vehicles being crushed, especially if the truck driver is careless and fails to check his or her mirrors.
  • Fatigue — Studies of truck drivers show that the average truck driver only gets 4.8 hours of sleep per night. Although the laws have changed to limit continuous drive time and mandate regular rest, many truckers still drive long hours in order to keep up with company demands and falsify logs.
  • Brake time — Because of their huge size and weight, trucks can’t stop as quickly or easily as cars. A rear-end collision from a truck can be significantly more devastating than one from a smaller automobile.
  • Jack-knife — Jackknifing occurs when a truck suddenly stops and the load shifts, causing the trailer to slide around sideways, often crashing into or crushing other vehicles on the road.
  • Stimulants — Due to the long hours on the road, many truckers have turned to stimulants to help keep them awake — even certain stimulants that are illegal. Once the high from a stimulant wears off, the trucker may fall asleep rapidly and cause an accident.

Recovering Compensation

As long as you and your truck accident lawyer can prove that you were hurt due to no fault of your own, you should qualify for financial compensation in a personal injury claim. This compensation can help you recuperate from the economic and non-economic damages you’ve incurred as a result of your accident. This can include the cost of medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more.

Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer Today

At James Newman, P.C., our attorneys have been working for victims and their families for more than 35 years. If you or someone you love is injured in a truck accident that resulted from negligence, we can help you seek the coverage to which you are entitled.

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