Truck Accident Lawyer in the Bronx Serving Throughout New York
The dedicated truck accident attorney at the Bronx-based Kohn Law Firm has years of experience helping truck accident victims in New York City recover damages for the injuries they have incurred. Celebrated personal injury lawyer Kevin Kohn fights for car drivers, passengers, pedestrians, bicycle riders, motorcyclists, truck drivers, and anyone else who has been injured in a large truck accident. If you’ve been hurt in an accident involving an eighteen-wheeler, a semi, a tractor-trailer, or any other large truck in the Bronx, the Kohn Law Firm is here for you.
Truck Accidents vs. Car Accidents
Large truck accidents and car accidents are not the same. Trucks are massive vehicles weighing several thousand pounds more than the typical passenger car. Trucks also carry machine parts, manufacturing equipment, lumber and other materials, as well as toxic chemicals; when a truck crashes or tips, the truck’s haul can easily spill or fly out and become another hazard for people on a Bronx roadway. When a truck crashes, the accident is almost certain to be serious. Truck crashes involving other vehicles are more likely to end up with a severe injury or fatality, and usually, it is someone outside the truck who suffers most. You need a zealous advocate in your corner if you are fighting for full recovery after a severe truck crash.
Truck accident cases also tend to be more complicated than the typical auto accident. While a car crash likely involves only the participants (drivers and passengers) as potential parties to a legal claim, trucks are commercial vehicles, potentially bringing many more parties into the mix. If you were hurt in a truck accident, you might need to bring claims against the truck driver, their employer, the party that hired the freight company to transport goods, a third-party contractor that loaded the truck, the manufacturer of the truck or specific truck safety equipment, and several others.
At the Kohn Law Firm, our traffic accident legal team understands the complex issues surrounding truck accident liability, and we are fully prepared to investigate your case. I will go toe-to-toe with insurance companies, freight companies, vehicle manufacturers, negligent drivers, and anyone else who is responsible for compensating you and your family after a serious Bronx truck crash.
What Causes a New York Truck Accident?
Many of the same factors that lead to a typical car crash also contribute to large truck accidents. Large trucks, however, carry additional risks. Truck drivers deal with long, punishing, tedious hours behind the wheel to haul goods from one end of the country to the other. Truckers are very susceptible to drowsy driving, as well as self-medicating with drugs or alcohol to keep themselves awake or entertained on long hauls. To mitigate the risks associated with long hauls, federal regulators place limits on the hours that truck drivers may operate in a given day or week, or between rest stops. These “hours of service” (HOS) rules are meant to keep everyone on the road safer.
Unfortunately, many truck drivers ignore HOS regulations to complete trips faster and get more work. Many freight companies will turn a blind eye to these violations or even encourage their workers to ignore HOS rules so that they can complete more contracts and earn more money. If you or a loved one was hurt by a truck driver ignoring federal safety regulations, you have the right to hold that driver and their employer to task for the harm they have caused you and your family.
In addition to HOS violations, truck accidents may be caused by a variety of factors. The Kohn Law Firm is ready to fight for clients injured in large truck accidents that result from any cause, including the following:
- Improper safety training or equipment
- Drowsy and overworked truckers
- Drunk drivers
- Aggressive maneuvers including speeding, overtaking or passing on the shoulder
- Unsafe driving for road conditions
- Distracted drivers
- Unbalanced cargo loads
- Overloaded truck beds
- Poor truck maintenance
- Lack of safety equipment or outdated safety equipment
Bronx Truck Accident Attorney Fighting For Your Right To Compensation
At the Kohn Law Firm, I will work personally with you. I tailor my representation to each individual matter, and I make sure that I am personally and directly involved with each of my clients. I focus on your specific needs based on the circumstances of your claims and your situation. Contact my firm today by calling 718-409-1200 to schedule a free initial consultation. All consultations remain entirely confidential.