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Injured in a commercial vehicle accident? Trying to recover damages from the injuries you sustained can be frustrating and overwhelming.
Unlike standard vehicle drivers, commercial vehicles are governed by both state and federal regulations. When there is an accident with a commercial vehicle, several parties may share responsibility for the accident, which can further complicate the personal injury claims process. Skilled commercial vehicle accident attorneys at Proner & Proner have a demonstrated track record of successfully recovering just compensation for those injured in commercial vehicle accidents.
Commercial vehicles are typically designed to carry larger loads — cargo, for example — or a larger number of passengers. Some examples of commercial vehicles include the following:
Commercial vehicle accident attorneys at Proner & Proner are skilled and knowledgeable at handling personal injury accident claims stemming from all types of commercial vehicles.
Those who have been injured in commercial vehicle accidents may be covered under personal injury law, which protects those who have been injured in accidents due to negligence. When someone is injured in a commercial vehicle accident that is caused by another person or entity’s negligent, reckless behavior, the injured party may file a personal injury claim.
In standard car accidents, there are usually one or two parties who bear responsibility for the accident. In commercial vehicle accidents, there may be several different entities who share some level of responsibility, including any of the following parties:
Determining exactly how much responsibility each party bears can be challenging. In many cases, the parties responsible for the accident will try and shift the blame to the injured party.
When several parties share responsibility for a commercial vehicle accident, each party may be equally responsible or they may only bear responsibility for the damages that they themselves caused. For instance, a commercial vehicle driver may be partly responsible for the accident and the manufacturer of a faulty part on the commercial vehicle may also be to blame. In these situations, the process of filing a personal injury claim in the state’s civil court system can become complicated.
Furthermore, when a commercial vehicle is owned by a large company, and the vehicle is involved in an accident, the parent company will utilize their financial resources to fight the claim and minimize the compensation awarded to the injured victim. Recovering fair compensation on your own can be a losing battle. The personal injury team at Proner & Proner takes on those big companies and doesn’t stop fighting until we have recovered just compensation for our clients who have been injured in commercial vehicle accidents.
When filing a personal injury claim, the injured party seeks to obtain compensation for the injuries and other losses that they sustained in the accident. The damages that may be recovered in a commercial vehicle accident include any of the following:
The skilled personal injury attorneys at Proner & Proner have a track record of successfully recovering damages for those injured in commercial vehicle accidents, car accidents, and other accidents that are caused by negligence. Some of the firm’s more significant verdicts and settlements include the following:
Dedicated commercial vehicle accident attorneys at Proner & Proner fight tirelessly to protect the rights of those injured in accidents with commercial vehicles.
Accidents with commercial vehicles often result in serious injury or death due to the large size and weight of the vehicle. When you are injured in a commercial vehicle accident and are facing significant medical bills, lost income from time away from work, emotional pain and suffering and more, your focus should be on your own recovery.
At Proner & Proner, our commercial vehicle accident attorneys take on the parties responsible for your accident, including their parent companies and their insurance companies. And we don’t stop fighting on your behalf until we have recovered the maximum compensation for the injuries you sustained in the commercial vehicle accident. Contact us to arrange for a confidential consultation with a member of our team to discuss the details of your accident. We are available to answer your questions, address your concerns, and present your legal options.
Individual states set legal timeframes — known as statutes of limitation — for filing claims in the state’s civil court system. In New York, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is three years from the time the injury occurred. This deadline applies to all types of accidents that are the result of negligence, including commercial vehicle accidents.
It is important to note that statutes of limitations are firm legal deadlines. If the injured party fails to file a personal injury lawsuit before that three-year deadline passes, the claim will not be heard in the courts. Furthermore, the injured victim will have lost the opportunity to recover any damages.
If you are partly to blame for your commercial vehicle accident, the state of New York follows what is known as a “pure comparative fault” rule. In this situation, the damages you may recover are reduced by the amount of your responsibility for the accident. For example, if it is determined that you are 30% responsible for the accident, the compensation that you are entitled to receive will be reduced by 30%.
Motor Vehicle Accidents Verdicts & Settlements
Proner & Proner’s experienced car accident attorneys win big verdicts and settlements for seriously injured clients. In some cases, clients have won millions of dollars in compensation. Some of our major cases are listed below.
Female, 43: Cyclist hit by truck
Our client was riding her bicycle when a truck was turning and came up onto the sidewalk. Our client went to back up and the truck struck her.
Injuries: Catastrophic injuries to entire right side of body below the waist resulting in amputation of the right leg and hind quarter; bladder rupture; multiple rib and spinal fractures
Male, 63: Pedestrian hit by bus
Our client was crossing a street when a bus hit a car and the car spun and hit him.
Injuries: Traumatic brain injury; fractured shoulder
Male: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was struck as a pedestrian by a taxicab that was involved in an accident with a bus.
Injuries: Stroke, with quality of life after the accident greatly diminished
Female, 45: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Crossing the street, our client was run over by a truck.
Injuries: Fractured skull and fractured right ankle, requiring surgery to head and leg
Female, 49: Cyclist hit by truck
Our client was riding her bicycle when a truck was turning and came up onto the sidewalk - our client went to back up and the truck struck her.
Injuries: Cognitive deficiencies, behavioral changes, permanent disability
Male, 38: Wrongful death
A man pulled over on the roadway to assist another vehicle in distress, and a tractor trailer struck him and his parked vehicle, resulting in his death.
Injuries: Wrongful death
Female, 17: Vehicle collision
Our client was in a car driven by her sister that skidded on ice into oncoming traffic.
Injuries: Broken hip and a ruptured diaphragm
Female, Female: Vehicle collided with guardrail
Two clients were injured in an accident that took place in 2003 when they were passengers in a car that hit a guardrail.
Injuries: The clients each sustained a broken wrist
Female, 45: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was a pedestrian hit by a left turning vehicle.
Injuries: Soft tissue injuries to neck, back and shoulder which required three surgeries
Multiple Clients: Vehicle collision
Intersection accident with a van transporting handicapped adults.
Injuries: Broken ankle, closed head injury
Female, 32: Vehicle collision
While making a left hand turn, our client was struck by another vehicle.
Injuries: Broken right wrist, three compound fractures on right ulna requiring surgery, mild traumatic brain injury
Female, 21: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was hit by car while on her way to work by a vehicle making a left hand turn.
Injuries: Comminuted left tibia and fibula fractures that required surgery
Male, 47: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was struck by a car while making a left hand turn.
Injuries: Broken pelvis, fractured sacrum
Male, 31: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Defendant made illegal U-turn and struck our client.
Injuries: Dislocated shoulder; injury to iliotibial band and lateral aspect of the right knee
Female, 42: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was hit by a car while crossing the street.
Injuries: Blood clots in abdomen, two broken ribs, compression fractures of spine
Male: Vehicle collision
Our client was riding a scooter and was hit by a flat-bed tow truck.
Male, 37: Vehicle collision
A traffic light was turning green for our client, when a woman ran full speed against the light and hit our client.
Injuries: Left ankle fracture which required open reduction and internal fixation. Fractured and broken nose
Female, 55: Wrongful death
Our client’s husband was killed when a car drove into the driver’s side of the vehicle. Wrongful death.
Male, 61 - Female, 62: Vehicle collision
Accident caused by police chase.
Injuries: Our client died as a result of her injuries, which included multiple fractures and massive bilateral extensive pulmonary with significant right ventricular strain.
Road Rage Incident
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Hit and Run
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