Summers in New York state are the perfect time to enjoy the open road. Traveling along the state’s highways offers a picturesque view of the landscape as you move toward your destination. Unfortunately, large trucks use these highways to transport goods, and accidents can happen. Due to the sheer size of big-rigs and other large trucks, these accidents tend to result in more serious injuries or even fatalities. If you were struck by a commercial truck while driving and you suffered an injury as a result of the trucker’s reckless or negligent behavior, you may be entitled to pursue a personal injury claim to recover the compensation you are owed. Let’s take a look at what this process typically entails.
Significant and Lasting Injuries
Accidents involving large commercial trucks can lead to catastrophic injuries and fatalities. The most recent data provided by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) showed that the number of large trucks involved in injury crashes increased from 102,000 to 107,000 between 2016 and 2017. The majority of crashes resulting in major injuries occurred when a large truck collided with a smaller vehicle while traveling at highway speed. Common injuries include those to the brain, head, neck, and back, as well as broken or fractured bones, lacerations, internal bleeding, and spinal cord damage that could lead to paralysis. Many of these injuries require extensive and costly medical treatment, and some victims are left with permanent disabilities or chronic health conditions.
Holding Reckless Truck Drivers Accountable
Unfortunately, many truck drivers are under a large amount of pressure to travel long distances in as little time as possible, so they may not abide by all the required rules and regulations. Drivers who are sleep deprived or under the influence of stimulants may be more likely to drive carelessly or recklessly. However, even if you are injured by a truck driver’s reckless behavior, their employer will likely step in when you decide to take legal action to pursue the compensation you’re owed. Dealing with the large insurance carriers of these trucking companies can be frustrating and confusing, as they’ll do everything they can to discredit your claim. Working with an experienced personal injury attorney is the best way to ensure that you receive the financial damages you need to get your life back on track.
Getting the Help You Need
Dealing with the aftermath of a trucking accident can be overwhelming and stressful, especially as you struggle to make a physical recovery and determine how to cover these unanticipated costs, such as medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. It’s worth it to reach out to a knowledgeable truck accident attorney who can assess the details of your situation and help you decide the best course of action. Your attorney will work hard to hold those responsible for the accident financially responsible for their negligent actions while you focus on what matters most—your recovery.
To learn more about what steps to take following a trucking accident in the White Plains area, call Gash & Associates, P.C. at (914) 328-8800 to schedule your free consultation.