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Queens Truck Accident LawyerWere you recently involved in a truck accident in Queens, NY? You may have the right to recover damages, which can include money for medical bills and suffering. The experienced Queens truck accident lawyer at Oresky & Associates, PLLC can help you fight to get the money you deserve.

We’ve been standing up for traffic accident victims in Queens for more than 30 years. Through tough advocacy, our attorneys have been able to secure more than $400 million for clients just like you. Now we’re ready to take on trucking companies and insurance agencies on your behalf.

Contact our law offices in Queens or call us now at (718) 993-9999 to arrange a time to speak to a qualified attorney. We’re always here to take your call – 24/7/365 – so reach out to get started today.

How Our Queens Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After a Truck Accident

How Our Queens Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After a Truck AccidentTruck accidents are complicated. There tend to be a lot of parties involved and the circumstances of a crash are difficult to understand. Hiring an experienced Queens personal injury attorney is the best way to give yourself time to rest and set yourself up for a much needed financial win.

At Oresky & Associates, PLLC, we’re award-winning attorneys because we stand up and fight back against powerful defendants for our clients – and get results. We’ve helped them recover more than $400 million in settlements and verdicts. 

When you hire our law firm to represent you after a truck accident in Queens, New York, expect us to:

  • Launch a thorough investigation into your truck accident
  • Secure important evidence, including electronic control module (ECM) or event data recorder (EDR) data and vehicle maintenance logs
  • Work closely with leading truck accident injury experts as we analyze the facts and build your case
  • Handle all negotiations with other parties on your behalf
  • Have our top-rated trial attorneys litigate your case in front of a compassionate jury, if necessary.

We understand how devastating a truck accident can be for victims and their families. That’s why we work tirelessly to help them get back on track and move forward. Following your truck accident, know that you can trust us to help you get through this difficult time. 

Give us a call to learn more and schedule your free initial case assessment now.

How Common Are Truck Accidents in Queens, NY?

In December 2021, there were a total of 142 truck accidents reported in the borough of Queens. That’s an average of 4.5 truck accidents a day. 

Truck accidents seem to happen more frequently in Queens than in most other boroughs. In December 2021, only Brooklyn saw more collisions with large commercial vehicles.

What is My Truck Accident Case Worth?

Accidents involving large commercial trucks like big rigs and tractor-trailers can cause a lot of damage and destruction. As a result, personal injury cases related to truck accidents in Queens can be worth more than those involving your average car accident.

But, every case is unique, and the value of your truck accident case will depend on its own specific circumstances.

Factors that will influence the value of a truck accident case can include:

  • The types of injuries you suffer
  • The extent of those injuries and how long it will probably take to recover
  • Whether or not you can recover from your injuries or if they result in a permanent disability
  • How your earning capacity is affected by your truck accident injuries
  • The amount of wages and income you lose while you recover
  • The degree to which you share blame for the collision
  • How the accident affects you emotionally
  • Your out-of-pocket expenses – both present and future.

As a general rule, the more serious your injuries the more your case is probably worth. An experienced personal injury attorney can give you a better idea after listening to your story and considering the facts and evidence related to your case. 

What Damages Are Available to Queens Truck Accident Victims?

In New York, motor vehicle accident victims can seek damages for both economic and non-economic losses.

Economic damages are paid to offset the verifiable financial costs of an accident, such as:

  • Medical bills (now and in the future)
  • Lost wages and income
  • Disability
  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical therapy
  • Nursing care
  • Property damage
  • Funeral expenses, if a big rig accident is fatal.

Non-economic damages are awarded to make up for the consequences of an accident that are hard to value in terms of dollars and cents.

Often referred to as “pain and suffering” damages, they can include money for:

  • Loss of quality of life
  • Physical pain
  • Emotional suffering and distress
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of consortium
  • Disfigurement and scarring

If it’s determined that a truck driver or other liable party acted with willful or wanton negligence, punitive damages might also be available. For instance, you could be awarded punitive damages if the truck driver who caused your accident knew they were too drunk or intoxicated to drive, but got behind the wheel of their rig anyway. 

Who Can I Sue If I’ve Been Hurt in a Queens Truck Accident?

First, it’s important to understand that New York operates under “no fault” insurance rules. This means that, following a traffic accident, you’ll generally seek compensation from your own insurance provider first. This is true, regardless of who’s at fault for the truck accident.

When you exhaust your insurance benefits or if your insurer won’t pay, you can pursue compensation from those who are actually responsible for the wreck.

Filing a Lawsuit Against Negligent Parties

Under New York state law, anyone who contributes to an accident involving a tractor-trailer can be liable for the consequences. Often, this means that you’ll seek damages from a negligent truck driver (or, more specifically, their insurance carrier). 

However, truck drivers aren’t the only ones who might be responsible for contributing to or causing your commercial vehicle accident.

Other liable parties could include:

  • The truck driver’s employer
  • Trucking companies
  • Companies responsible for manufacturing trucks or trucking equipment
  • Other motorists on the road, including drivers of passenger vehicles, motorcyclists, bus drivers, and Uber or Lyft drivers
  • Bicyclists or pedestrians
  • Government agencies

At Oresky & Associates, we will carefully investigate your accident to identify why it happened. Understanding the cause will allow us to determine who’s at fault and, in turn, liable for your injuries.

What Happens if I’m Blamed For My Trucking Accident?

You can still recover compensation as long as you’re not 100% at fault. New York operates under a pure comparative fault system. This means that sharing blame won’t bar a lawsuit, but your damages will be reduced by the degree to which you’re at fault.

Sharing 10% of the blame for the truck crash will mean a reduction in damages by 10%.

Insurance companies, in particular, will be quick to point fingers and blame the victim. Our lawyers will stand up for you and defend you against these types of tactics. We’ll work diligently to show that these claims are false or, at the very least, that your contribution to the accident was small. The less fault assigned to you the more money you can potentially get for your injuries. 

What Causes Most Queens Truck Accidents?

Trucks are large, heavy vehicles. Semis can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and be more than 50 feet long. They’re difficult to navigate, especially on the small, narrow, and busy roads in Queens. Any misstep or error in judgment can cause these trucks to get into accidents.

Most often, our law office represents clients who have suffered in truck accidents caused by:

  • Speeding
  • Improper yielding or failing to yield the right of way
  • Overtired truck drivers
  • Truck drivers operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Improperly loaded vehicles
  • Unqualified or inadequately trained drivers
  • Vehicle defects, such as faulty brakes or lights
  • Improperly maintained trucks or equipment
  • Road defects

In many cases, one or more of these factors plays a role in trucking accidents in Queens.

Large Truck Accidents Can Result in Catastrophic Injuries, Wrongful Death

Any injury resulting from a motor vehicle accident can change the course of your life. However, when a truck is involved, injuries tend to be more serious.

Some of the most common truck accident injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Burns
  • Chest injury
  • Crushing injury
  • Eye injury
  • Head injury, including concussions
  • Loss of limb and amputation
  • Neck and back injury
  • Nerve damage
  • Paralysis
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Traumatic brain injury, and
  • Wrongful death.

To learn if you may be eligible for compensation for these or any other injuries, don’t hesitate to contact our truck accident attorneys in Queens for a free consultation.

How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit After a Truck Accident in Queens, NY?

Under New York law, accident victims typically have three years to file a lawsuit for damages. In accidents involving wrongful death, families have up to two years to take action. 

Missing the deadline imposed by the statute of limitations can’t be an option. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, it will mean losing the right to pursue compensation and secure damages from those responsible.

Protect your rights and safeguard your ability to get the money you need and deserve after a truck accident. Call our experienced truck accident attorneys in Queens for immediate assistance.

Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Queens Truck Accident Lawyers

Injured in a trucking accident in Queens? Oresky & Associates can help you seek maximum compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and suffering. 

Contact our award-winning legal team to get started with a free case evaluation today. There’s no cost to ask for our help and, since we work on contingency, there’s no fee unless we win your case. We’re standing by to help, so call us today.

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