When you’ve had an accident with a truck, you know how life changing the experience can be. Whether you’re struggling with medical bills, lost time at work or the insurance company just isn’t being fair, know that you have The Barnes Firm on your side.
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There are dozens of truck accidents in Queens every day. You want a team on your side with experience handling these complicated matters. We’re here to help. That’s why we offer free, no-risk consultations to help you go over your options.
Being involved in a truck accident can be a harrowing experience. Not only can it cause panic, stress, and physical injuries, but the lasting impact on your finances and health can be devastating. At The Barnes Firm, our truck accident attorneys in Queens understand how such an accident can affect your life. From broken bones, lacerations, and concussion to lost wages, ongoing medical expenses, and possibly even Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), an accident with a truck can be a life-changing event.
Common at intersections and when entering a highway from an on-ramp, a side impact, or T-bone accident can happen at a number of angles. They can be extremely hazardous not only to the driver, but to all occupants, since there is still very little protection from side-impact crashes, despite current vehicle technology and safety standards. When it comes to T-bone accidents with trucks, they can be especially destructive, since trucks can weigh tens of thousands of pounds — significantly more than a typical sedan or other medium-sized car. Our Queens truck accident attorneys know firsthand how dangerous these crashes can be, which is why we’re dedicated to achieving results for our clients and holding those responsible for their actions accountable for the damage they caused.
While they aren’t always quite as large as 18-wheelers, delivery trucks from FedEx, the US Postal Service, and UPS can also cause substantial damage and harm to motorists if an accident occurs. Every single day, these fleets of large vehicles roam potentially unfamiliar highways and streets in order to deliver their packages. This massive volume of deliveries and mileage can lead to accidents, especially in and around Queens. If you’ve been involved in a truck accident with one of these or other delivery companies or agencies, reach out to the attorneys at The Barnes Firm to represent your case.
These types of injuries from a truck crash can range from anything to a concussion to a life-altering and permanent condition — and everything in between. No matter the perceived severity, all head traumas should be treated with the utmost caution. And let’s not forget — many head injuries can take hours or days to manifest themselves, and often present themselves as nausea, vision problems, and confusion.
Not only can an accident with a truck cause whiplash, but it can also result in other severe spinal injuries, including damage to your discs, dislocation, and other issues — many of which can be long term.
Your liver, spleen, kidneys, heart, and other internal organs are also at risk for damage when you’re involved in a truck accident. These types of injuries can also have delayed symptoms, which is why it’s imperative to consult with a doctor right away, even if you don’t feel any immediate discomfort.
If you or a family member has been involved in such an accident, it can be an overwhelming experience, leaving you confused and not knowing where — or to whom — you should turn. That’s precisely why the Queens truck accident attorneys at The Barnes Firm are standing by, waiting to take your call. With decades of experience, knowledge, and dedication to our clients, we have provided them with the trusted representation they deserve, delivering favorable outcomes, settlements, and justice in the process.
The Barnes Firm was very friendly, always quick to respond to our calls, emails. When we had any questions or concerns they were there to walk us through everything. Would definitely recommend them to anyone that is looking for an attorney that will honestly fight for you and has your best interest in mind.
Most people have never needed a lawyer when they find themselves injured and in need of legal advice. We hear the following questions from many of our clients. We hope the answers help clarify your options and considerations.
New York has short deadlines for truck accident claims. You must file an insurance claim within 90 days of your collision. The statute of limitations for lawsuits is three years from the injury date. Once these deadlines pass, you may lose your ability to recover compensation. It is best to move quickly and take legal action.
You can recover damages for various losses and costs associated with treating your injuries from a truck accident. Damages vary per case but may include:
The costs of hiring a truck accident lawyer in NY will come as a percentage of your final settlement. You do not pay out-of-pocket expenses for retaining legal services. The percentage rate will depend on where in the process your case settles. The further it goes, the higher the percentage rate can be. However, this is all outlined within your agreement when you sign with a law firm.
Choosing the right lawyer is essential to your injury claim. You must choose wisely. First, you must consider your legal needs and expectations. You will want to sit down and determine your legal needs and what you can expect from the law firm. You can seek recommendations from friends, family, and coworkers. Once you have a few options, review the firm’s track record and services to ensure they align with your needs. Schedule a consultation to determine if the law firm is right for you.
Truck accident cases often have several parties who can be liable for injuries and losses. In most cases, you can sue the truck driver. In another instance, their employer is responsible. Other third parties, like truck maintenance and product manufacturers, may also be held liable. Holding any of these parties responsible is challenging, but you must seek justice.
The basis of your claim will come down to evidence. The best way to prove the truck driver or their employer was at fault is by presenting a solid case based on evidence. Some of the evidence that can prove vital to your claim includes:
You will unlikely have to go to court for a truck accident case. Most New York truck accident cases settle out of court. Your attorney will investigate the collision and gather evidence. They will then build and present the case to the insurance company, beginning the negotiation process. Typically, negotiations are fruitful, and the case is resolved without additional actions.
The state understands that accidents are complicated. Sometimes, the parties involved contribute to the collision in different ways. Your contribution to the accident will not hinder you from getting compensation. Your percentage of fault will reduce your award. The caveat is that the other driver must be over 50% at fault.
Truck drivers and their employers must follow stringent federal and state regulations to operate a commercial truck. Some federal regulations truckers must follow include:
Additionally, truck drivers must respect traffic laws in New York and when crossing state lines. They have a more considerable responsibility when carrying heavy loads. They must adhere to all regulations to keep everyone safe.
If the trucker blames you for your collisions, you have several options. You might share responsibility for the truck accident if you were negligent. However, you can still recover compensation for your losses. Your fault will reduce your financial award. It is common for insurers to use victim-blaming tactics to lower their responsibility. Sometimes, these allegations are baseless, and you can show evidence of the contrary with the help of a NY truck accident lawyer.
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