New York Truck Accident FAQs

Common Questions Following a Truck Accident in NY

Below are some of the questions our New York truck accident attorneys have received from people just like you and short answers to those questions. If you have additional questions or are looking for an attorney to help you with your legal options after a truck crash, call our firm at 212-736-5300 or contact us online to schedule a FREE appointment.

What are the most common causes of truck accidents in New York?

While accidents can result from poor road conditions and bad weather, most are caused by some form of negligence on part of the trucking company or truck driver. Driver fatigue, drug or alcohol use, failure to maintain or inspect a vehicle, and overloaded tractor trailers are among the common causes. Mechanical failure and defective parts can also lead to crashes.

Who can I sue after being injured in a New York truck accident?

Lawsuits are typically filed against the driver of the truck, the trucking company and, in some cases, the truck's manufacturer. Your ability to sue the trucking company will depend on whether an employee-employer relationship has been established. If such a relationship exists, the trucking company can be held accountable for the driver's negligence. If an employment relationship cannot be established because the driver is an independent contractor, it may be harder to hold the trucking company accountable for the crash. (The trucking company, however, may still be liable for negligent hiring or supervision.) The truck's manufacturer can also be sued if a defect in the vehicle led to the crash.

What types of damages are available in New York truck accident lawsuits?

The injured victim may be entitled to a number of damages which provide compensation for both economic and non-economic losses resulting from the crash. Hospital bills, lost wages, future medical care costs, and pain and suffering are among the money damages typically available.

How do New York truck accidents differ from those involving passenger vehicles?

Due to the sheer size of a truck, collisions involving tractor trailers are typically more serious than those involving two passenger vehicles. A fully loaded tractor trailer can weigh 80,000 pounds, while the typical passenger car weighs about 3,000 pounds. Due to the size difference, when a tractor trailer collides with a passenger vehicle, the result is often catastrophic for those inside the automobile.

What should I do after being involved in a New York truck accident?

After seeking medical attention, contact an attorney. Evidence left behind by a truck accident can disappear quickly and witnesses can forget key facts, so it's important to seek legal assistance as soon as possible to ensure a timely investigation is carried out. There is also a time limit for filing claims in New York, so contact us today to find out if you have legal recourse.

At Block O'Toole & Murphy, our attorneys have established a reputation for holding individuals and businesses, including trucking companies, responsible for the injuries they cause to others. Call today - 212-736-5300 - or send us an email through this website to schedule a FREE, no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced New York truck injury lawyers.