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Long Island Truck Accident Lawyers

At The Harrison Law Group, P.C., Our Experienced And Knowledgeable Long Island Truck Accident Attorney Team Helps Individuals And Families Who Have Been Involved In Truck Accidents In New York. With Offices In Melville And Elmhurst, We Protect The Rights Of Injured Long Island Residents By Seeking Fair And Appropriate Compensation For Their Truck Accident Injuries And Related Expenses Caused By The Carelessness Of Others. We Understand You Want And Need To Be Heard. We Serve As Your Voice And Expression.

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Highly Rated Truck Accident Attorneys Fight for Injured Victims In Suffolk County, Nassau County, and Throughout Long Island

With their massive engines and heavy loads, commercial trucks can weigh up to 40 tons, making them a unique danger on the Long Island roadways. A truck accident can interrupt every facet of your life, often leading to extensive medical bills and vehicle damage — and perhaps preventing you from earning a living in the short or long term. The complexity of the matter adds to your stress and heartache when you must seek compensation in the face of formidable corporate interests, but our Long Island truck accident attorneys can guide you every step of the way. Litigating commercial truck accident cases in Long Island or New York City is substantially different from car accident cases. If you’ve been injured by a truck in New York, you need a knowledgeable New York truck accident lawyer with experience negotiating with large trucking companies, big businesses, and corporate insurers. 

Truck accidents can lead to severe injuries. Victims of these accidents face several challenges after the incident, such as accumulating medical bills, loss of income, a reduced capacity to work, or even the inability to return to work. These victims also have to deal with the pain and trauma these accidents cause. Having an experienced New York truck accident attorney guiding and supporting you can help to ease the burden and improve your chances of recovering compensation for your injuries. 

The experienced attorneys at Harrison Law Group are skilled in dealing with truck accident claims, and work on a contingency fee basis. Contact our truck accident lawyers today to schedule a free consultation and strategy session for your truck accident case. We will evaluate your case and identify the opportunities to maximize your compensation. With our guidance, you can avoid many of the mistakes people make when filing a truck accident claim.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents in New York

Our attorneys have helped many truck accident victims recover compensation for their injuries and other damages. We have experience handling a wide range of truck accident cases involving:

We represent victims of all New York truck accidents including: 

Our attorneys will assess the circumstances of your claim and guide you through your options. We offer a free consultation for victims of truck accidents in New York. An experienced New York truck accident lawyer from our firm will determine how to appropriately go about seeking compensation. We will represent you in negotiations and consider and protect your interests throughout the process. Our attorneys will represent you in court if we cannot reach a reasonable settlement during negotiations. Contact us today and begin the journey to seek compensation for your injuries and other damages.

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Damages Available in a Long Island & Suffolk County Truck Accident Lawsuit

Our experienced New York truck accident attorneys will work tirelessly to calculate all of your costs and losses related to the truck accident. Successful personal injury plaintiffs can receive compensation for their injuries and other losses in two forms: economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages are the quantifiable damages caused by accidents. Non-economic damages cover intangible harms caused by the victim’s injuries, such as pain and suffering. At The Harrison Law Group, we can help you pursue compensation through a personal injury lawsuit for any or all of the following:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Property damage
  • Lost income
  • Diminished earning capacity in cases of disfigurement or disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages when the defendant engaged in egregious behavior

Discuss with your attorney any losses you have suffered due to a Long Island or New York City Truck accident, because we usually need to include each of these categories in personal injury lawsuits.

Economic Damages

These are the damages for which we can readily assess a monetary cost. A doctor’s bill, for instance, has a specific dollar amount. Wages lost from missed work can be easily calculated. Economic damages include medical expenses, costs involved in rehabilitation, lost wages, and property damage. These are usually the more straightforward damages in personal injury claims involving a Long Island or New York City truck accident, but seeking appropriate economic damages will often depend upon your timely and thorough pursuit of proper medical care and related assessments.

Non-economic Damages

No one who has been in an accident merely wants to pursue reimbursement for their bills and lost income because they have suffered a wider range of harms. If you’ve been in a truck crash or an accident with a commercial truck in Long Island or New York City, you may be experiencing physical pain and emotional trauma, and you may also suffer from diminished capacities for the rest of your life. Of course, you want the bills to be paid, but you can also seek pain and suffering damages for these intangible costs.

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Why Truck Accident Cases Can Be Complex — and How a Long Island Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help

Accidents involving trucks are different from those involving only two passenger cars. You are likely to run into many complexities when you file a claim to seek compensation for a truck accident in Long Island or New York City. These complexities arise for various reasons.

Truck Accident Laws in New York Differ From Car Accident Laws

The laws governing how trucks and truck drivers use the roads differ from those governing passenger cars and passenger car drivers. Furthermore, specific laws govern the uses of a truck and the behaviors of truck drivers. In sum, these laws are generally more stringent than those that govern regular motorists, complicating a trucking claim. A knowledgeable attorney will have a good understanding of these laws, and guide you on the right way to approach your case. 

The Severity of Truck Accident Injuries

The injuries involved in serious truck accidents are often more severe than in accidents only involving two passenger vehicles. Severe injuries attract higher compensation than minor injuries. Trucks may also cause significant damage to property. Therefore, trucking accident claims involve a significant amount of money.  Trucking companies and their insurance providers will work to minimize their losses. They will resort to all manner of tricks to reduce the amount they owe you or deny your claim.

Hiring an experienced attorney will help to improve your chances of recovering fair compensation. Drawing upon extensive knowledge and familiarity with these cases, a strong and effective trucking accident attorney will fight tenaciously to recover reasonable compensation for your truck accident injuries, and they won’t be intimidated or tricked by trucking company representatives or insurance providers. 

Trucking Companies are Already Organized to Anticipate Your Accident Case

Trucking companies have their own systems in place to handle truck accidents because they know their drivers have a high risk of being involved in an accident. Trucking companies have refined procedures to deal with these incidents, and they use them to minimize their losses. You need an attorney familiar with these strategies and tactics to represent you when approaching the trucking company or insurance company. A truck accident attorney will consider your interests throughout the case. 

Multiple Parties in a Truck Accident Case

Truck accidents often involve more than one party, and may involve many parties involved. Consequently, you could hold multiple parties responsible for your accident. For example, if poor maintenance caused the accident, you may hold the trucking company responsible. You could also file a claim against the manufacturer of a faulty part or the municipality of New York for not maintaining the roads in good condition. Discuss the details of your case with your attorney to identify all relevant parties.

New York Truck Accidents Are More Likely To Involve Fatalities

A fatal accident involving a semi-truck or other commercial truck may lead to a wrongful death case. We understand the difficulties of such tragic circumstances. Daily, we help families in New York City and Long Island deal with the aftermath of a serious truck accident in which truck injury victims have died, leaving the surviving family members struggling to determine their next steps while grieving. We are here for truck accident victims and their families, and can remove some of the burden so you can focus on your family.

Why Commercial Trucking Accidents are More Dangerous

The two biggest factors in the severity of an accident are often mass and velocity. Many vehicles are capable of traveling at relatively high speeds, including commercial trucks.

Velocity and mass affect the energy transferred. Energy is directly proportional to mass, so if you double the mass of one of the vehicles, it imparts twice as much energy. With that in mind, it’s not unusual for a truck to have 10 – 20 times the mass of a car, which is why trucking accidents are so devastating.

Common Types of Injuries Caused By Truck Accidents in New York

Many types of serious injury are commonly associated with a truck crash:

Because accidents involving semi-trucks or other large trucks are especially likely to involve serious injuries or deaths, assessing the condition of everyone at the accident scene following a truck wreck is critical. A higher likelihood of serious injury translates to more significant requirements for financial recovery when seeking compensation, and many truck drivers and their employers have more robust insurance policies than passenger car drivers.

Trucking companies are typically well-prepared to defend against truck accident claims. Your attorney will handle all insurance company and insurance adjuster communications after you initially report the incident. These complicated cases often necessitate truck accident lawsuits, which differ significantly from car accident claims and may involve several liable parties. Our experienced personal injury lawyers can guide you through your Long Island or New York City truck accident personal injury case.

How Regulations for Commercial Truckers in New York Affect Your Accident Case

Because of the enhanced danger that both trucks and their operators bring to the roadways, there are strict state and federal dangers that apply to the vehicles and truck drivers. The experienced personal injury lawyers at our truck accident law firm are prepared to assess whether truck drivers violated requirements for drivers of trucks or commercial vehicles in the trucking industry. Whether you are seeking to recover compensation following a Long Island truck crash involving a semi truck, tractor trailer, or other commercial vehicle in New York City, our Long Island and New York City truck accident lawyer team can guide you from start to finish in your truck accident case.

For example, many truck crashes are caused in part by fatigued driving or a driver’s failure to gain sufficient rest between periods when they are on the road. Pressures from their employers and other business factors may also contribute to dangerous circumstances that can lead to serious injuries. There are regulations in place to prevent or discourage some practices that are likely to lead to New York truck accidents, and we are here to help accident victims pursue claims following incidents involving semi trucks, tractor-trailers, dump trucks, and other types of large commercial truck collisions.

New York Truck Driving Regulations and License Classes

The state of New York requires drivers to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). The classification dictates the size of the vehicle that the operator can drive:

  • Class A – Combination Vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 26,000 pounds or higher with a tow load greater than 10,000 pounds
  • Class B – Combination or single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,000 and a maximum tow load of 10,000 pounds
  • Class C – All other single or combination vehicles

Drivers who transport cargo across state lines or transport hazardous material must have additional endorsements.

The New York Department of Transportation limits the hours of operation for truck drivers:

  • May drive a maximum of 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty.
  • May not drive beyond the 14th hour after coming on duty, following 10 consecutive hours off duty.
  • May not drive after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days. A driver may restart a 7/8 consecutive day period after taking 34 or more consecutive hours off duty.

Drivers must also keep a logbook documenting their trips and hours of operation. Your Long Island or New York City truck accident attorney will investigate relevant evidence tied to truck driving regulations in New York.

Federal Trucking Requirements and Limits

The New York state hours of service regulations mirror the federal limits. The Federal Highway Administration sets the maximum weight at 80,000 pounds gross vehicle weight, 20,000 pounds on a single axle, and 34,000 pounds on a tandem axle.

Violations of these laws can have an impact on the severity of an accident. Overworked truck drivers, for instance, are a hazard to other drivers and workers on the roadways. If their logbook doesn’t reflect a truthful accounting of their trips, it could impact an accident case.

Proving Liability in a Truck Accident Lawsuit

We will carefully examine any negligence on the truck driver’s part, ranging from the records drivers must take to the various reports trucks and motor carriers need to keep maintained. We will move quickly after the accident occurs to review police reports and ensure evidence and records are preserved. When necessary, we will seek court orders to gain access to the wreckage and demand carriers turn over the “black box” record of the accident. We will work diligently to identify every contributing cause and liable party associated with your truck collision.

One of our attorneys will gather any additional data you need, including in-cab video systems. Our law firm is readily prepared to seek the assistance of crash reconstruction consultants. We work with forensic professionals to create detailed reports, allowing witnesses to provide expert testimony as to the cause of the accident. At The Harrison Law Group, we will carefully investigate your claim to determine which party or parties are liable for your injuries, which may include any of the following:

  • The truck driver
  • The trucking company
  • The cargo loading company
  • The truck manufacturer
  • The mechanic
  • A third-party driver
  • The manufacturer or distributor of defective truck parts

Holding Trucking Companies Accountable

If you or your loved one have been injured in a truck accident, you can pursue compensation through an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit. If the truck driver’s negligence caused the accident, the victim could seek compensation from the truck driver or the truck driver’s employer’s commercial insurance policy. 

You will benefit from working with an experienced attorney who will negotiate aggressively with the insurance company to seek the full amount of compensation you need. You can also pursue compensation through a personal injury lawsuit against the defendant or defendants. You will need to bring the lawsuit to civil court, and you will be able to seek both economic and non-economic damages through your truck accident lawsuit.

Contact Harrison Law Group P.C. for Free Consultation with a Highly-Rated Long Island Truck Accident Lawyer

For many years, The Harrison Law Firm has pursued accident claims against truckers and their insurers. If you’ve been injured in a truck crash, you’re entitled to damages for your bills, lost wages, and your pain and suffering. Our truck accident lawyers at The Harrison Law Group, P.C. have extensive experience dealing with trucking companies and insurance companies. 

We will fight to protect your rights to compensation and hold those responsible for your accident to account. Contact us to book a free consultation with a highly-rated New York truck accident lawyer from our firm.

We understand you need to be heard, and we are prepared to listen, guide you, and be your voice — The Harrison Law Group, P.C.

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For over 30 years, The Harrison Law Group, P.C.’s ability, and desire to actively listen to you and deeply understand your experiences has set us apart. We aggressively pursue fair and appropriate compensation for our clients who have been injured in New York.

  • We listen because we care about your recovery and maintain consistent, clear communication to effectively express your voice on your behalf.
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What is Personal Injury?

If you’re injured as a result of a negligent third party, you may be entitled to compensation due to the damages you’ve experienced — either directly through the responsible party or their insurance company. An experienced New York personal injury lawyer will focus on tort law while seeking economic and non-economic damages for their clients — whether or not the target is a multi-million dollar award.

Personal injuries are classified as injuries to the body, mind, and emotions of an individual. When you suffer an injury because of another party, you experience turmoil, and your quality of life will change. Some victims experience loss of enjoyment of life, and even depression.

It’s important to speak with mindful attorneys who have the wisdom to handle your case effectively. Personal injury suits are filed against individuals or entities that cause harm due to recklessness, negligence, misconduct, or liability.

What Sets Us Apart?

Our attorneys and staff are competent, compassionate, and committed to seeking the maximum fair and appropriate compensation for all of our clients. We fight to win, not to quickly settle and move on to the next case. Our firm will make sure that you are properly advised of all of your options while giving you the proper legal advice to make the right decision for yourself and your family. We are willing to go above and beyond to meet your expectations, whether it’s meeting with you after hours, on the weekends, at your home, in the hospital, or at the office. We will make ourselves available for you 24/7.

Immediate Action

We understand the immediate concerns you will have, which include paying your bills, traveling to and from work and doctors’ appointments, and taking care of your daily responsibilities. We want you to know that here at The Harrison Law Group we understand and can help. We will take immediate action on your case and begin to work as soon as we are retained.

A Commitment to Excellence & Solutions For You

Our reputation is built on a record of attentiveness and diligence in pursuit of our clients’ interests. We fight hard for all of our clients with outstanding creative approaches and individualized solutions in personal injury and accident cases to seek the maximum fair and appropriate compensation. Time after time, The Harrison Law Group, P.C. has taken cases that other attorneys either wanted to drop or would have settled for small amounts, and we turned them into million-dollar cases. We have been dedicated to Personal Injury and helping our clients pursue justice for over 30 years.

Constant Communication

Our office sets itself apart because we do not only return phone calls; we call our clients at least every 30 days to provide a status update on your case — and if there is no update, we call to see how you are doing. Happy clients are informed clients, and we are committed to keeping you informed every step of the way. We are available 24/7 to all of our clients via email, text, or phone to answer questions and give updates. While we have a big firm reputation, we have a small firm dedication to each client.

Types of Personal Injury

Personal injuries can refer to injuries sustained due to dental malpractice, product liability, or assault claims, but they more commonly involve the following types of injuries:

Car Accidents

When your vehicle collides with another vehicle, a pedestrian, an animal, debris, or another stationary obstruction such as a tree, pole, or building, you may face significant injuries and expenses that often include medical treatment and vehicle repairs. Following a car accident that was no fault of your own, it is important to immediately begin working with a New York personal injury lawyer to seek fair and appropriate compensation.

Truck Accidents

Motor vehicle accidents involving a truck or tractor-trailer and caused by the recklessness of others will present additional complex factors that are not present in a regular car accident case. You can be certain that there will be attorneys representing the truck driver, which is why you should partner with a New York personal injury lawyer at our law office immediately.

Motorcycle Accidents

When your motorcycle is involved in a motor vehicle accident at no fault of your own, you will need help in your fight to be fairly compensated in your case. As a client of our law firm, you can be confident that we are bringing the fight to the insurance company.

Premises Liability

An injury from an accident caused by unsafe conditions on someone else’s property often involves a fall on a slippery or uneven surface. Other types of negligence or dangerous circumstances may also lead to an injury or death. In some cases, your accident could amount to a multi-million dollar settlement. Our law office of NY accident attorneys will be happy to guide you through this process as our client.

Dog Bite

Dog owners are generally determined to be liable if their dog hurts you or anyone else. New York personal injury law in this situation provides a means to seek compensation for your medical expenses, your pain and suffering, & much more.

Slip and Fall

A property owner could be liable for damages if you slip, trip, and fall on their property due to their negligence. Working with a qualified New York personal injury lawyer in this situation is important because the Queens, Nassau County, Suffolk County, or Long Island property owner that you file a claim against will certainly be represented by law firms who are trying to dismiss or settle your case for as little as possible.

Construction Accidents

An injury sustained due to working on a construction site can be life-changing or deadly. In many cases, such an injury will prevent your ability to continue working for some duration of time. Workers’ compensation is available for these types of accidents. Depending on the details of your case, you may also be able to file a lawsuit.

Wrongful Death

Death caused by negligence or intentional actions of another party is known as wrongful death. The NY accident attorneys at our law office are experienced in these cases and are ready to help you fight for the money you need.

Medical Malpractice

When you work with a licensed medical professional, you have every right to expect that they will take prudent and cautious steps to help you work towards a successful recovery. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. The New York personal injury attorneys at our law firm are ready to help you fight for fair compensation.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury Law

What types of compensation can be received in a personal injury case?

There are several types of compensable damages that can be received including money for lost wages and career change, property damage compensation, health aids, and home rehabilitation to accommodate for the injuries sustained.

What is the difference between a “personal injury claim” and “personal injury lawsuit”?

A personal injury claim is when you or the law firm you have retained and the at fault party’s insurance company try to come up with a settlement to resolve your claim. Most cases generally do settle out of court. If a settlement can not be reached, a law firm will go ahead and commence a personal injury lawsuit, which simply means taking the at fault party to court.

How much is my case worth?

The value of your case depends on multiple factors such as liability, injuries, insurance coverage, venue, medical bills and etc. Here at The Harrison Law Group, P.C., we will evaluate your case and give you the most comprehensive answer as far as what you can expect regarding compensation.

What should you do after a personal injury accident?

Seek medical attention. Take photos of your injuries, defects and property damage. Keep track of everyone you speak with, take the names, phone numbers and addresses of all witnesses, as this will be useful information for when you hire an attorney. Finally, call The Harrison Law Group, P.C. to see how we can help.

What if I am part responsible for the accident?

Even if you are partially responsible for the accident you may still be entitled to compensation and you should not wait and speak to an attorney right away.

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