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Truck accidents are far from uncommon here in New York State. In fact, there are thousands every single year. If you were involved in an accident caused by a commercial truck driver, you’re likely now seeking financial compensation so you can get your life back. Our firm is here to help. Contact a seasoned Buffalo truck accident lawyer from Greco & Greco, P.C. to learn more about how we can assist you.
Truck accidents, like most other auto accidents, are typically caused by driver negligence. Truck drivers often work late hours into the night, which means fatigue is a very common cause of truck accidents. Additionally, to combat fatigue, some truck drivers will even take illicit drugs, which can further impair their driving ability. Aside from driving while under the influence and while fatigued, there is a wide range of additional causes of truck accidents. For example, truck drivers are often under a lot of pressure to meet each deadline, so to compensate, they sometimes will speed or ignore traffic lights/signs and cause an accident as a result.
Driving commercial trucks, as you may know, requires a lot of skill, as these huge machines demand precise maneuvering at all times. Because of this, inexperienced truck drivers are far more likely to cause accidents. Even a slight miscalculation of a turn can cause multiple injuries.
In other cases, we’ve seen truck companies and truck employees contribute to accidents, either by hiring unlicensed/unqualified truck drivers, failing to order regular maintenance on trucks or even improperly loading commercial trucks, causing them to become unbalanced and prone to tip-over accidents.
Regardless of how your accident happened, if you were seriously injured and you believe the accident wasn’t your fault, it’s paramount that you hire a knowledgeable Buffalo truck accident lawyer who can work to receive the compensation you deserve.
Commercial truck accidents involving standard-size cars and trucks often result in drivers and passengers in the standard-size vehicles sustaining serious injuries. For this reason, sometimes it is virtually impossible to document these accidents.
You should also hire a personal injury lawyer who can subpoena “black box” information, which can determine whether the truck driver was speeding at the time of your accident, thereby helping your lawyer assign liability when bringing your personal injury claim.
Your Initial Consultation
An accident of any kind is devastating, but fortunately, most accidents leave a trail of evidence behind that a skilled personal injury lawyer can use to prove a future personal injury claim. If possible, you should do what you can to document your accident and then bring all relevant information to your initial consultation with our firm. This can include:
The moment you’re injured in an accident, the clock starts ticking on your personal injury claim. New York State has a statute of limitations in place, which means that if you wait too long to bring a claim, you’ll likely permanently lose your right to do so. This is why it’s paramount that you retain the services of a competent personal injury lawyer as soon after the date of your accident as you can.