Frekhtman & Associates are Queens truck accident lawyers dedicated to preparing each case meticulously for the maximum possible award via settlement or jury trial.
Statistics show that one in eight car accidents with a tractor trailer or truck end in wrongful death.
Trucks can cause catastrophic damage and injuries due to their gigantic size and weight even at relatively slow speeds. An experienced Queens truck accident lawyer will work with safety experts to help establish liability. Truck safety engineering experts will go to the accident scene and take photographs and measurements.
Visitors to New York City quickly learn that Queens is the largest of the metropolitan area’s boroughs and home to two of its largest airports, as well as many popular sports and entertainment venues. Countless cars, trucks and buses move through the area daily, often leading to major accidents. Given the address presence of motorcyclists, pedestrians and bicyclists, lawsuits based onserious injuries and wrongful death are common.
Accidents on freeways and near bridges and overpasses also occur frequently. And given all the negligence of bus drivers and other distracted drivers, it’s a wonder that so many ever reach their destinations safely. All kinds of large vehicles travel these roads, including 18-wheeler trucks, tankers, and box trucks. Passenger cars often wind up totaled or badly damaged in many of these accidents.
In May of 2017, a truck and a school bus collided in the Rosedale section of Queens at Rockaway and Brookville Boulevards. After one adult and sixteen children were hurt in that crash, many had to be sent to St. John’s Hospital for further medical observation. Likes so many other Queens truck accidents, this one left many victims and witnesses badly shaken.
The most frequent types of truck accident injuries are set forth below, along with New York truck fatality statistics for recent years. There’s additional information on the causes of many of these collisions — and the types of damages your Queens truck accident lawyers always seek to recover on each client’s behalf in these personal injury cases.
While most of us like to assume that we’ll never personally face these types of injuries, statistics reveal that truck accidents happen quite regularly.
During 2016, over one thousand people (1,029) died in New York vehicle accidents – with ninety-seven (97) of them due to large truck collisions. Since a total of 4,317 Americans died in large truck accidents that same year, those numbers indicate that New York suffers many more of these incidents than other states – although the number of vehicles traveling daily across our roads is higher than most.
Every effort must be made to lower these numbers – especially since most of those dying in these are in the far smaller and more vulnerable passenger cars that often weigh only 4,000 pounds. (Larger trucks tend to weigh between 10,000 and 80,000 pounds
Upon reviewing these statistics, it’s natural to wonder what often causes drivers of large trucks to make so many serious driving errors. Here’s a look at the most frequent mistakes these truck drivers often make – leading to both serious and catastrophic accidents.
Depending on the type of truck accident, there may be multiple targets for a lawsuit including:
With respect to the Queens truck accidents that involve interstate trucking, there are mandatory insurance rules to protect the public who can be seriously injured in accidents with tractor trailers. Trucking companies that own the tractor and trailer usually have sufficient insurance of 1 million or more and with additional layers of insurance beyond the first million known as excess, umbrella, or supplemental coverage. However, in some circumstances a truck may not have insurance or there could be a dispute between insurance companies as to which of them has to cover the truck. For example, a trucking company may be operating illegally without insurance. A trucking insurance company may dispute whether the vehicle involved in the accident is a covered auto under the policy or claim the operation of said truck was a policy violation. There are many possibilities of why an insurance company may claim the policy will not cover the accident.
If the truck involved in an accident is not covered under the insurance policy, then an MCS-90 endorsement provides insurance. This endorsement serves as an additional protection to the public. For more information on the MCS-90 endorsement, please download this .pdf brochure.
Additional Causes of Accidents Specific to Tractor Trailer or Truck AccidentsBecause of the height, weight, and length of most trucks, these vehicles can experience different types of accidents than a regular passenger car. Types of incidents specific to tractor trailers include:
Our Queens law firm works with truck accident reconstruction and safety engineering experts will analyze the truck involved in the accident to determine if it was properly maintained and repaired. They will check the truck’s tires, brakes, and many other details. This type of complete investigation will aid the truck accident trial lawyer in proving liability when the case is scheduled for trial before a jury in Queens Supreme Court. It will also show the truck’s insurance company that this client’s attorneys are serious which will likely increase their settlement offer during negotiations or at a mediation.
Our Queens truck accident lawyers will carefully examine the facts of your case and seek full compensation through a truck accident settlement (or verdict) for all your losses, including the following:
The Queens truck accident lawyers at Frekhtman & Associates serve the following Queens neighborhoods: Astoria, Ditmars, Long Island City, Hunters Point, Sunnyside, Woodside, Bayside, Bellerose, College Point, Flushing, Douglaston, Kew Gardens, Floral Park, Fresh Meadows, Little Neck, Whitestone, Corona, Maspeth, Middle Village, Rego Park, Forest Hills, Ridgewood, Wyckoff Heights, Cambria Heights, Jamaica, Hollis, Laurelton, Queens Village, Rosedale, Saint Albans, Springfield Gardens, South Jamaica, Warnerville, Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, Woodhaven, the Rockaways, and others.
If you or someone you know needs a Queens truck accident lawyer, please call our office at (212) 222-1111 or toll free at (866) ATTY-LAW. You’ll be quickly connected with our law firm. Should you prefer, you can first fill out our firm’s online general information form and request a phone call. We look forward to speaking with you soon.