Manhattan Truck Accident Attorneys
Crashes with tractor-trailers are extremely dangerous for a variety of reasons. Most notably, big rigs can weigh 20 to 30 times more than a standard or mid-sized vehicle. There are also various laws regulating 18-wheelers and the drivers who operate them.
At Cellino & Barnes, we have some of the most knowledgeable truck accident lawyers in the country. Our Manhattan attorneys know the state and federal guidelines every truck and driver must adhere to. Unfortunately, recent surveys show not all truck drivers follow these guidelines and as a result, accidents may happen.
If you have been hit by an 18-wheeler or other large truck, our attorneys can answer your questions and help guide you through every step of the legal process.
Call us now for a free consultation. Dial 800-888-8888 or Contact Us now.
New York Truck Accidents
Millions Recovered For Victims Of Truck Accidents
Big trucks are a common sight across New York State. Long Island and New York City are home to some of the world’s busiest ports, where goods and materials are unloaded from ships and placed onto big trucks that will take these shipments to their destinations in North America.
Since New York State is a shipping hub, we see a lot of trucks on our roads, streets and highways. We also see a lot of truck crashes: around 12,000 per year, according to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. That’s nearly 33 truck crashes every day in New York.
Unfortunately, truck accidents are often more serious than other motor vehicle crashes due to the mammoth sizes of these large trucks. One tractor trailer can weigh as much as 80,000-pounds. It would take around 25 midsize cars to equal that weight. Since trucks are often much heavier than your common midsize vehicle, they also take longer stop. When the roads are wet or ice is present, the stopping distance can increase exponentially.
That’s why it’s important for all truck drivers to follow the rules of the road, and keep a safe distance from the cars ahead. When these rules aren’t followed, someone can get seriously injured or killed. If that’s happened to you or someone you love, we’ll cover the basics on what you need to do to hold truck companies accountable for their negligent actions.
How To Build A Successful Truck Accident Case
If you or someone you know has been injured by a truck, it’s crucial to protect your rights. At Cellino & Barnes, we’ve been helping victims and their families for over 60 years. Our team of Manhattan truck accident lawyers has the experience and resources you need to make sure truck companies are held accountable.
Here’s our recipe for success:
We fully investigate every truck accident in New York to make sure we have every piece of evidence that can help your claim.
The first step of the process is an important one. We’ll look at a trucker’s driving record to see if they’ve had a history of unsafe driving. We’ll look into maintenance records, to find out if the truck had any technical problems that may have contributed to the accident. We can also get inspection, training, and employment records. Finally, we’ll look at the accident scene itself – sometimes, the road or highway has serious design flaws which make it unsafe for travel.
We’ll Hire The Best Experts To Support Your Claim
The next step is finding the experts you need to make a strong claim. Oftentimes, these are doctors who can explain how the injuries sustained in an accident will impact a victim’s life. It can also be a industry expert, who can assemble data proving that a victim’s livelihood has changed as a result of a crash. We also have the resources needed to hire accident reconstruction experts, who can explain to the court how a truck driver acted negligently. In all of these cases, these experts will add substance to your claim, allowing you to recover the best result possible.
We’ll Prepare Your Case For Trial
Our goal is to get you and your family the best result possible. If a truck accident law firm simply settles all of their cases, the trucking industry and their big insurance companies will find ways to exploit it. At Cellino & Barnes, all of our attorneys are trial-tested, and we haven’t been afraid to try our cases in front of a jury if our settlement offers aren’t met. Many of the cases we’ve tried have resulted in multi-million dollar verdicts, and our team has helped injured victims and their families recover over $2-billion total.
When you need a team to protect your rights after a truck accident, you can count on Cellino & Barnes to help you get the best result possible. Call us for a FREE case evaluation.
Sideswipe Truck Accident
Getting sideswiped by a tractor-trailer can be a terrifying experience. Drivers are often helpless when caught in a truck’s blind spot and the number of truck accidents has been steadily going up since 2010.
Last year alone, more than 3,900 people were killed in truck crashes. Another 104,000 people were injured. Truck drivers themselves are rarely hurt despite driving eight to 11 hours at a stretch or more.
The Manhattan truck accident attorneys at Cellino & Barnes have helped hundreds of truck accident victims get the compensation they need after a crash. Many of our clients refer us to their friends and family because they know we get results.
1 in 10 Highway Deaths Involve Trucks
Truck drivers are mandated by federal laws to limit driving to 11 hours/day or 77 hours/week. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, surveys indicate many truck drivers break that law and plow through much more than 11 hours at a stretch.
Driver fatigue is a known risk factor and ignoring federal regulations can have serious and sometimes deadly consequences. Each year, around 100 trucks are involved in deadly New York State crashes. Nearly all of those deaths are drivers and passengers in smaller vehicles.
Although not all cases will go to court, it’s important to have trial-tested lawyers on your side helping you and your family through this difficult time. At Cellino & Barnes, our Manhattan truck accident attorneys will fight for their clients in and out of court to get the best results possible after a truck accident.
Blind Spot Accidents
The sizes of these mammoth commercial vehicles make maneuvering them a difficult challenge on the clearest of days. Drivers often don’t expect these trucks to make wide turns or merge lanes. Sometimes, your vehicle can get caught in the truck operator’s blind spots.
These blind spots are located in the front, behind, and on the sides of every 18-wheeler. The largest blind spot is located on the truck’s passenger side.
Fortunately, large trucks are now being constructed and equipped to be safer than ever. Many truck companies have installed radar and blind spot detectors in their big rigs to make driving safer for everyone on the roads. The truth is, even with these technologies and enhancements, accidents can happen.
If any of these commercial truck accidents happened to you, give our Manhattan truck accident lawyers a call. Our lawyers have decades of combined experience handling truck accident cases and we’re available 24/7 to take your questions.
The call is free. Dial 800-888-8888 now.