If you have been seriously injured in a truck accident, you need Kohan Law Group’s aggressive legal representation. Our truck accident attorneys are skilled litigators and are talented negotiators, ready to fight for your right to fair compensation. We are highly rated by our peers and former clients, with a track record of obtaining substantial settlements for personal injury clients throughout Nassau County, Suffolk County, Westchester County, Rockland County, and New York City (Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Staten Island).
Why Truck Accidents Are So Dangerous
For many, the risks of driving are heightened when they share the road with trucks of imposing size. This is not surprising in view of the fact that trucks can weigh 20 to 30 times as much as cars and are awkward to maneuver. This means that, if you have been injured in a truck accident, it is likely that your injuries are severe or even catastrophic. Tragically, it is also possible that you have lost a loved one due to wrongful death in a truck accident.
How Nassau County Kohan Law Group Can Help
Whatever your situation, Kohan Law Group is here to help you regroup and lay the groundwork for a secure future. Our skilled lawyers are armed with in-depth legal knowledge and inventive strategies, well-prepared to do battle with opposing attorneys and stubborn insurance adjusters.
Because we realize that, as a victim of a truck accident, you have been traumatized physically, emotionally, and perhaps financially, we are here to be your allies, fighting tirelessly to obtain the compensation you need to restart your life. In addition, we will not charge you any attorneys’ fees or expenses unless we win your case through a verdict or settlement.
You may fear that because many trucks are owned by large companies, their drivers may have powerful legal support in and outside of the courtroom. Don’t worry. Once you contact Kohan Law Group, you will have our forceful law team to level the playing field. We have the strength and determination to win you every dollar of compensation you deserve. In fact, many trucks are highly insured in order to cover the extra damage they cause in an accident.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents may be caused by any of the following:
- Driver fatigue
- Distracted driving (e.g. radio use, texting, eating)
- Driving under the influence
- Improper vehicle maintenance
- Inadequate training
- Improper loading
It is important to note that many factors — long working hours, tight delivery schedules, the difficulty of managing large vehicles, and reliance on GPS and smartphones for work matters — put truck drivers at greater risk of fatigue or distraction than the average motorist.
Various Types of Truck Accidents
There are, unfortunately, a number of different types of truck accidents, each with several causes and each potentially resulting in severe injuries. These include:
Most truck rollovers involve speeding and often occur on steep inclines or swerving to avoid another vehicle, a pedestrian, an animal, or debris on the roadway. Trucks that have been improperly loaded are more susceptible to rollover accidents.
Tractor-trailer trucks jackknife when their axle brakes lock, causing the trailer to skid to a stop perpendicular to its tractor.
Brake Failure Accidents
Although there are truck safety laws in place that require regular inspections of truck brakes, accidents resulting from brake failure due to poor installation or maintenance continue to occur.
Runaway Truck Accidents
Runaway truck accidents are typically caused by improperly trained truck drivers who fail to gradually reduce speed on a large, heavy vehicle.
Blind Spot Truck Accidents
Trucks, because of their size and length, have large blind spots at the rear of the vehicle and along its sides (known as “No Zones”). Motorists are frequently unaware that their cars are not visible to truck drivers until it is too late. As a result, too many motorists are hit because truck drivers don’t see surrounding cars.
Rear-End Truck Accidents
Rear-end truck accidents, like other rear-end accidents, typically happen because of inattention, speeding, or tailgating. Due to the extreme weight disparity between cars and trucks, car drivers and passengers can suffer terrible injuries in such crashes.
Under-Ride Truck Accidents
When the car is the vehicle in the rear and the truck driver stops suddenly, the car can become pinned under the back end of the trailer. Motorists, who can be severely injured or killed in such accidents, often have to be mechanically extricated.
Most of us have observed truckers who miscalculate the amount of space they require to fully navigate a turn and become stuck at an intersection. Trucks moving too rapidly when this happens can create a disaster by ramming nearly head-on into an oncoming car.
Who is responsible for your truck accident?
Federal and state truck safety laws require trucking companies to:
- Keep their fleets well-maintained
- Conduct safety inspections of their trucks on a regular basis
- Make sure their drivers have proper commercial drivers’ licenses (CDLs)
- Make sure their drivers are vetted for health conditions/impairment by alcohol or drugs
- Make sure that their drivers are properly trained and receive appropriate breaks
If trucking companies fail to follow these rules, they may find themselves, as well as their drivers, defendants in high sum personal injury lawsuits.
Compensation You May Be Entitled to If You Have Been Injured in a Nassau County Truck Accident
Our dedicated truck accident attorneys will fight long and hard to obtain the resources you need now and in the future to adapt to your altered circumstances relative to:
- Medical and rehabilitation costs
- Lost income, present and future
- Property damage or loss
- Pain and suffering
- Psychological counseling
- Permanent disability
- Extended nursing care
- Permanent scarring or other disfigurements
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If a close family member has been lost due to wrongful death in a truck accident, Kohan Law Group will fight to bring you a favorable verdict or settlement, including an award for damages to cover final medical costs, funeral costs, and loss of support.
Contact Our Talented Truck Accident Attorneys Now
We are not only assertive attorneys but empathic individuals, eager to start working on your case. As soon as you get in touch with us, we will begin making your well-being our priority and fighting for justice for you and for those you love. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.
Kohan Law Group represents truck accident victims throughout Nassau County as well as in New York City, including Queens and Brooklyn, from their Manhasset office in North Hempstead.