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.
Commonly Asked Questions About Truck Accidents Claims
Do I Need a Lawyer For a Truck Accident Claim?
It is in your best interest to hire an experienced truck accident lawyer to help you get the full compensation you deserve. Truck accident cases can be complicated, dealing with the trucking company, their insurance, the truck driver's insurance, and your own insurance. Especially if you are recovering from severe injuries, having an attorney handle your case will give you peace of mind.
How Common Are Truck Accidents?
Roughly 500,000 truck accidents occur each year in the United States, with about 5,000 of those accidents resulting in a death.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Lawyer?
Our firm offers free initial consultations and contingency fees. This means you only pay us if you win - our fees are covered by a percentage of your settlement, so there is no out-of-pocket cost to you.
How Long Do I Have to File a Truck Accident Claim?
In the state of New York, you have three years from the date of your injury to file a claim. If you miss this deadline, you lose your right to file a claim.
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.
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.
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