Buffalo Truck Accident Attorneys
Representing Victims of Commercial Vehicle Crashes in Western New York
By taking one look at the size of many commercial vehicles, you can grasp the severe, life-threatening implications of being involved in a truck accident. New York roadways are heavily trafficked by box trucks, semis, tractor-trailers, delivery trucks, and many other large commercial vehicles. Unfortunately, in part due to this congestion, truck collisions are on the rise. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 2018 Fact Sheet, both fatalities and fatal crashes were up eight percent over the previous year.
If you were seriously injured in a collision with a truck or another type of commercial vehicle, you can count on our Buffalo truck accident lawyers at Richmond Vona, LLC to represent you with great skill and integrity. We have decades of combined experience representing victims in Western New York, and we’re fully prepared to fight for your justice.
Understanding Your Rights
Like other motor vehicle collisions, crashes involving semis and other commercial vehicles usually occur because of carelessness. In legal terms, the concept of negligence applies for purposes of liability.
To recover monetary damages for your losses, you must prove four essential elements:
- You need to show that the truck operator had a duty to exercise reasonable care when driving
- You must present facts that the driver of the semi breached this duty
- You need to establish a direct link between the breach of duty and the truck accident in which you were injured
- You must show that you sustained losses as a result of being hurt
When Are Truck Accidents Caused by Negligence?
Examples of negligence in a truck collision claim may include:
- Improper lane changes
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Taking corners and turns too quickly
- Improperly loaded cargo
- Texting, talking on the phone, surfing the internet, and other forms of distracted driving
These are just some of the many ways in which a truck driver may be negligent, but there are many other examples of truck driver negligence, all of which can—and often do—lead to serious crashes, injuries, and fatalities.
Truck Accident Claims Are Extremely Complex
Though they share some common elements with other motor vehicle crashes, accidents involving 18-wheelers are far more complicated in a number of ways. For one, the victims’ injuries are much more likely to be severe, catastrophic, or life-threatening. You could suffer permanent disability and experience complications for the rest of your life. All of these factors mean that your medical bills will be very high, and you may have difficulty ever working again.
In addition, truck collisions typically involve multiple parties beyond the driver’s insurance company. You may need to pursue a claim against the operator’s employer or the trucking company that owns the vehicle, if this entity is separate from the driver. A maintenance company, a manufacturer of defective truck parts or components, or a training facility may also be a potentially liable party in a given truck accident case.
Why You Need an Experienced Attorney on Your Side
Truck drivers typically carry insurance policies that extend into millions of dollars of coverage, which means the stakes are high for the insurer. These companies assign your claim to the best, most experienced agents who have aggressive strategies for denying your claim.
If you were injured or if your loved one was killed in a truck accident, it is absolutely critical that you meet with an attorney who not only understands the personal injury process but also has the right experience needed to effectively advocate for your recovery. Truck accident claims are not like typically car and motorcycle accident cases; you need a lawyer who knows how these cases work and who has a proven record of success.
Why Choose Richmond Vona, LLC?
Over their years in practice, our Buffalo truck accident attorneys have successfully secured hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of victims of negligence, including victims of commercial vehicle collisions. We have obtained many million- and multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts, and we are prepared to do everything we can to maximize your recovery.
Most importantly, here at Richmond Vona, LLC, we genuinely care about you and your future. Throughout the entire legal process, our team will remain consistently available to answer your questions and guide you every step of the way. We recognize that this is an extremely challenging time in your life; our goal is to ease the legal stresses you face so that you can focus on healing and moving forward. When you work with our firm, you get the peace of mind that comes with knowing an entire team of legal professionals is fighting for you.
Please contact our firm at (716) 300-5885 to set up a no-cost case assessment with a member of our legal team.
To learn more about your legal options as the victim of a commercial vehicle accident, please contact Richmond Vona, LLC. We offer free consultations and will help you understand your options for recovering full and fair compensation. There are no fees unless we are successful in recovering compensation for you. Our lawyers represent clients in Erie County and throughout Western New York.
Call us at (716) 300-5885 or contact us online to request your free and confidential consultation today.
How much can I recover as compensation for my losses?
Every case is different, so it’s not possible to calculate your exact monetary damages. However, you may find it helpful to learn the types of compensation you can recover. You may be entitled to economic damages for your medical costs, lost income, and other out-of-pocket expenses. You can also obtain non-economic damages, which include things like pain and suffering, emotional distress, scarring and disfigurement, diminished quality of life and, losses based upon how your injuries affect your relationships with loved ones.
Are there any time limits on filing a lawsuit after a truck crash?
Yes; under New York’s statute of limitations, you have three years to initiate litigation for truck accident injuries. The time period starts the date of the collision. If you don’t file your lawsuit in court within this time period, you are forever barred from recovering compensation.
Do I need to hire a buffalo truck accident lawyer to represent me?
There’s no legal requirement that you retain an attorney to represent you. Based upon the complexities of motor vehicle accident claims, as well as the complications mentioned above regarding truck crash cases, however, legal assistance is crucial. You put your rights at risk if you try to go it alone.
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