Rockland County
Truck Accident Lawyers

18-wheeler accidents are among the most frightening, jarring, and devastating to be involved in. Unfortunately, they also happen virtually every single day here in the United States. What’s worse is that in most cases, these accidents are entirely avoidable, and are often a result of basic safety violations. If you are someone who has been hurt in such an accident due to no fault of your own, you’re most likely now seeking financial compensation to help cover the cost of surgeries, lost wages, rehabilitation, and more. Our firm is here to help. Read on and contact the competent Rockland County truck accident lawyers from Mitchell J. Schroeder, P.C. today.

Truck Accident Lawyers | Here to Fight for Your Recovery

18-wheeler accidents frequently have lasting, even permanent impacts on those harmed in them. If you are someone who has been injured in a truck accident, you need our dedicated Rockland County auto accident lawyers in your corner who can fight for the full and fair compensation to which you are entitled.

Common Safety Violations That Lead to 18-Wheeler Accidents

Often, truck accidents occur as a result of safety violations on the part of truck drivers or truck companies. The most common safety violations that we see frequently result in 18-wheeler accidents are as follows:

  • Exceeding the number of hours the trucker is legally allowed to drive in a given day (the law states that truckers may only operate their rigs for)
  • Improperly transporting hazardous material
  • Operating 18-wheelers while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Traveling at excessive speeds to meet certain deadlines
  • Improperly maneuvering the truck, such as by taking turns too quickly
  • Driving while fatigued or drowsy
  • Truck companies failing to adequately inspect/maintain 18-wheelers
  • Relying too heavily on GPS navigation, resulting in distracted driving
  • Truck companies improperly loading freight, either doing so unevenly or overloading the truck past its limit
  • Tailing other motorists too closely and failing to give themselves enough time to come to a complete stop (18-wheelers often require the length of a football field to do so)

Qualifying for Compensation

After sustaining an injury in an accident with an 18-wheeler, it’s important to do what you can to document the incident. You should first always call the police, as they will write up an accident report, and, more importantly, send emergency medical services to the scene of the accident. If possible, you should try and do the following as well:

  • Ask witnesses for contact information
  • Get the driver’s insurance information and plate number
  • Take pictures of the damage to your vehicle and any other property involved in the accident

Additionally, make sure you don’t speak with insurance companies until you’ve hired a lawyer to represent you. Your attorney can also work to gather additional evidence, such as surveillance footage of your accident or truck “black box” data to help satisfy the burden of proof in your personal injury claim. As long as we can prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence, you should qualify for financial compensation. This compensation can help offset the physical, emotional, and financial burdens you’ve incurred as a result of your accident.

The statute of limitations for most truck accident claims in NYS is three years, so ensure you file your claim well before the statute of limitations runs out.

Contact Our Nyack Truck Accident Lawyers Today

Truck accidents can be devastating and have long-term impacts on those involved. If you are someone who has been hurt in such an accident, the time to act is now. Contact the seasoned truck accident lawyers at Mitchell J. Schroeder, P.C. for a free initial consultation today.

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