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Commercial trucks. Delivery trucks. Oversized trucks. Tractor-trailers.
Sharing the road with these vehicles is commonplace in New York. Unfortunately, so is having an accident with a truck in New York. Trucks are much larger in size and weight than the other vehicles on the road and when there is an accident, it often results in serious injuries and extensive damage.
Those involved in truck accidents may face long recuperation times, significant medical expenses, surgery, rehabilitation, loss of income, and more. The truck accident attorneys at Proner & Proner protect the rights of truck accident victims, fighting tirelessly on their behalf for the compensation they deserve.
Injured In A Truck Accident And Have Questions? We Can Help, Tell Us What Happened.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that, in 2017, the number of fatal accidents involving large trucks and buses increased 9 percent over the previous year, to 4,889. Trucks face unique risks due to their sheer size, weight, and other factors.
Work zones present numerous hazards for trucks, including uneven road surfaces, sudden stops, and lane shifts. In fact, 27% of fatal crashes in work zones in 2016 involved at least one large truck.
Other common causes of truck accidents include the following:
Personal injury law is designed to protect those individuals who have been injured due to another party’s negligence. Negligence can be in the form of reckless behavior or not following safety precautions. Negligence may also be demonstrated by any of the following:
If you have been injured in a truck accident, it is important to understand that negligence must have caused or contributed to the accident in order to recover any compensation under personal injury law. Proving negligence can be challenging; the truck accident attorneys at Proner & Proner are skilled and experienced in holding the negligent parties accountable for your accident.
When you have suffered injury in a truck accident and file a personal injury claim, you may recover compensatory damages. Compensatory damages are designed to restore the injured victim to the condition they were in prior to the accident.
Compensatory damages may include any of the following:
Some losses are measurable, such as medical bills. Other losses, such as pain and suffering, are immeasurable and they are estimated by the courts.
Cyclist Hit By Truck
Cyclist Hit By Truck
Unlike an accident with a standard vehicle, when an accident involves a truck, several parties may be held responsible. They include — but are not limited to — the following:
Having several parties who share some level of responsibility for the accident complicates the personal injury claims process. Experienced truck accident attorneys at Proner & Proner skillfully navigate the complexities of personal injury law to hold all responsible parties accountable for your injuries.
If you have been injured in a truck accident but you share some level of fault for the accident, New York follows “pure comparative fault” rules. Basically, these rules reduce the amount of damages you would receive by an amount that reflects your level of responsibility for the accident. In other words, if the compensation you are entitled to receive for your injuries is $2500, but it is determined that you are 20% responsible for the accident, then your compensation will be reduced by 20% — to $2000.
When you have been injured in a truck accident, you should recover the compensation you deserve. At Proner & Proner, our skilled personal injury team does just that. Proner & Proner has a demonstrated track record of success; our more significant settlements and verdicts include the following:
Don’t settle for less than you deserve for your truck accident injuries. Contact us to arrange for a confidential consultation to discuss your case.
When you are faced with mounting medical bills from your truck accident, it can be tempting to just accept the insurance company’s settlement offer to pay your existing expenses. Resist that temptation. Keep in mind that it is in the insurance company’s best interest to offer you a quick settlement. But that is not necessarily in your best interests.
The settlement offer from the insurance company is likely much lower than what you could receive if you proceed with your personal injury claim. And that is why they are offering it to you. While the process of filing a personal injury claim may take longer than a quick payout from the insurance company, receiving maximum compensation for your injuries and other losses is well worth the wait.
Consult with an experienced truck accident attorney to discuss your claim, the compensation you should justly receive, and your legal options. The best decision you can make is an informed decision.
Every state sets its own statutes of limitations — the legal timeframes for filing a claim in the state’s civil court. In New York, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is three years from the time the accident occurred.
This is a very important deadline. If a personal injury claim is not filed within this three-year window, the case will be dismissed and the opportunity to recover damages will have been lost.
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
Mitchell Proner spoke in support of NYC motorcycle riders and called on NY lawmakers and police not to overreact to a highly publicized road rage incident or to let that incident cast all motorcyclists in a bad light.
Hit and Run
Attorney Mitchell Proner was on hand when the motorist accused of hitting a female jogger on a road in Central Islip appeared in a New York courtroom to answer charges of leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
Attorney Mitchell Proner, an expert on maritime law, spoke about the similarities between the Costa Concordia ferry disaster and the recent Indonesian ferry accident that killed at least 24 people.