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Truck accident claims in New York

Semi trucks are big, heavy, slow moving and dangerous. Nevertheless, these giant lumbering vehicles have to share the road with nimbler and lighter passenger cars. Because they are less responsive than passenger cars, i.e., they cannot quickly stop or take evasive action, semi trucks are the source of numerous car accidents. To make matters worse, the fact that semi trucks are so heavy means that the accidents they cause often result in serious injuries and catastrophic property damages.

Because semi trucks are so dangerous, special laws apply to the drivers that operate them and the companies that own them. These laws govern how long semi truck drivers can drive within a 24-hour period of time. They govern how long drivers need to sleep and rest each day. They govern maintenance protocols, like how often the brakes, wheels and axles need to be checked and serviced. These laws also say when and where a semi truck is permitted to drive in the passing lane.

The special rules and regulations that relate to semi trucks mean that personal injury claims stemming from a truck accident case are different from the usual car accident case. Plaintiffs and the attorneys who represent them will usually want to evaluate whether violations of commercial truck rules may have contributed to the accident. Also, because most truck drivers are employed by a larger trucking company, plaintiffs will likely name the trucking company as a defendant in the action, in addition to the truck driver him or herself.

At Ross & Hill, we offer truck accident plaintiffs experienced representation in their personal injury claims. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a truck accident, we are available to speak with you about your potential case in a free, no-obligation consultation.

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