Trucks’ large blindspots and size make for devastating aftermaths of their collisions. The bigger they are, the more dangerous they are — heavier trucks have experienced a 47% to 400% increase in crash rates, according to the Truck Safety Coalition. Truck accidents frequently result in severe injury and property damage.
If you experience a truck accident, you can seek compensation for your suffering and losses. To fight for compensation, you need to hire the best truck accident lawyer in Queens.
Working with a Queens truck accident lawyer from Elliot Ifraimoff & Associates means you have the experience, support, and resources you need to claim compensation for your truck accident injuries.
When truck drivers or their employers disregard New York truck safety regulations, accidents are more likely to occur. While this is true for all auto accidents, car accidents do not typically have the same fatal consequences as truck accidents.
The state requires all commercial truck drivers to have a commercial driver’s license, adhere to the rest laws in each state they drive through, adhere to maximum weight laws, adhere to hazardous weight laws, and perform regular maintenance and quality control on their vehicle.
Each of these regulations is essential to road safety. When drivers ignore them, the effects are deadly. According to a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration report, 4,998 trucks were involved in fatal accidents in 2020 alone.
If your truck accident was due to a violation of regulations, contact an Elliot Ifraimoff & Associates truck accident lawyer. Queens becomes a safer place when we hold reckless drivers accountable.
Because of the frequency of truck accidents and the damage they can cause, many trucking companies have comprehensive insurance policies to cover settlements for victims of accidents. If you can prove that the truck driver, trucking company, or truck manufacturer was at fault for your accident, you’re more likely to claim more compensation than you would for a typical car accident.
For an average truck accident, our legal team at Elliot Ifraimoff & Associates can help you seek compensation for:
Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you might be able to seek punitive damages in addition to these compensatory damages. While compensatory damages provide financial relief for your losses, punitive damages punish the guilty party.
Courts usually only award punitive damages when the guilty party had malicious intent or committed gross negligence while operating the vehicle. If the driver was drunk, for example, our team would request punitive damages.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 72% of people killed in truck accidents in 2021 were in the other, non-truck vehicle. If you lost a loved one in a truck accident, we can help you file a wrongful death claim.
Wrongful death claims may provide compensation for:
We can hold several parties liable for a truck accident, and our team at Elliot Ifraimoff & Associates will work with you to consider all potentially liable parties in your accident.
The truck driver themself may be at fault for your accident. Employers sometimes reward truck drivers for delivering items more quickly, which results in them driving longer hours. If they were over-fatigued during the time of your accident and didn’t take proper precautions, they could be liable for the accident.
They could also be at fault if they were driving aggressively, driving under the influence, or disobeying traffic laws.
The truck driver’s employer could be at fault for your accident, too. If the trucking company loaded the truck unevenly or failed to complete proper inspections before the driver left, they could be to blame for the truck malfunctioning or driving unsafely.
If the truck malfunctioned due to a mistake by the manufacturer — they may be at fault for your accident. Our law firm will help you prove this malfunction is what led to your accident and injury, and the court will hold the manufacturer liable.
To claim compensation for your truck accident, you need the right truck accident lawyer. You want someone who has proven success and experience with truck accident cases in New York. Here at Elliot Ifraimoff & Associates, we prioritize the care of our clients and will fight for you against the trucking company and its team of lawyers who want to pin liability on you.
Our team recently won a $2.4 million settlement for a man who was rear-ended by a truck. Our staff has over 60 years of combined experience and is equipped and enthusiastic to represent your case.
Common causes of truck accidents include the truck driver driving recklessly, driving under the influence, and violating truck company safety regulations.
Truck blind spots are the areas directly behind, in front of, and to the side of large trucks where the truck driver cannot see other vehicles.
The statute of limitations for truck accidents in New York is three years to file a personal injury claim, or two years for a wrongful death claim. Contact a Queens truck accident lawyer from Elliot Ifraimoff & Associates to learn more.