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The Law Offices of Frank J. Dito, Jr.

Tractor Trailer Accident in NY | Injured in a Tractor Trailer Accident

Frank J. Dito, Jr.
Car accident, personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney serving Staten Island and Brooklyn New York.

In Staten Island and throughout New York City busy and congested roads are shared between average sized vehicles and tractor trailers - many of which weigh 10,000 pounds or more.  When an average sized vehicle - whether they are a car, pick-up truck, SUV, mini-van or any other type of average sized vehicle - collides with a tractor trailer it can result in a dangerous and sometimes deadly outcome. 

Have You Been Injured in a Staten Island Tractor Trailer Accident?

If you have been injured in a tractor trailer accident in Staten Island or any other part of New York City or if a loved one was killed in a tractor trailer accident it is important to discuss your situation with an experienced tractor trailer lawyer in your area.  It may not be necessary that you even hire a tractor trailer lawyer which is why it is important to make sure you are talking to a reputable and experienced tractor trailer attorney.  You will want to speak with someone who will let you know if you are able to handle your case on your own or if you are better off hiring a lawyer for your tractor trailer accident case.  In some situations individuals are able to handle these types of cases on their own but for more in-depth cases it is often times worth it to hire a lawyer.  A lawyer who is experienced in tractor trailer and other motor vehicle accidents will be familiar with how the tractor trailer insurance companies work and are very familiar with how motor vehicle accident lawsuits work and will be able to get you the most money for your case.
Do You Have a Staten Island Tractor Trailer Lawsuit?
Liability in tractor trailer accident can be determined by figuring out who was negligent in the accident.  If it is determined that the driver of the tractor trailer is liable for your injuries then that person (or their insurance company) is liable and you will be able to receive compensation from them.  One common problem that many people face with insurance companies is that they try to down play the injuries you have sustained and the severity of the situation and sometimes may even try to put part of the blame on you. By contacting a tractor trailer injury lawyer in Staten Island you will be able to have the lawyer review you case and deal with the insurance company on your behalf.  If the insurance company is unwilling to work with the lawyer the lawyer will start a lawsuit against the tractor trailer driver and will collect compensation for you that way.
Why Are Tractor Trailer Accidents So Common and So Dangerous?
Tractor trailer accidents can occur for many different reasons.  Some of the reasons include:
  • Driving fatigue - Tractor trailer drivers often make long drives. If the driver does not take the proper amount of stops and does not sleep the proper amount of hours in between driving it could result in driving fatigue.
  • Speeding, tailgating, improper lane changes and other forms of careless or reckless driving - Often times it is just the tractor trailer driver driving inappropriately that causes an accident.
  • Unfamiliarity with roads - Being unfamiliar with road can cause a driver to become distracted no matter what type of vehicle they are operating but the damages and injuries increase when the vehicle involved in the accident is a tractor trailer.
  • Vehicle size and weight - Tractor trailers are large in size and often weigh a lot which makes it more difficult to control and operate them, especially on turns.
  • Poorly maintained equipment - Improperly maintained tractor trailers create a very dangerous situation.  Tractor trailers are large and heavy, if important components of the tractor trailer are not properly maintained such as brakes and tires it can create an unsafe situation for the tractor trailer driver and others on the road.
  • Prescription drug usage or over the counter drug use - Many over the counter drugs and prescription drugs alike have warnings on them to avoid driving and operating heavy machinery due to the medicine causing drowsiness.
What Should I Do Now?
When injured in a tractor trailer accident it is important to seek medical attention immediately after the accident.  This will not only allow for your injuries to be treated but will also allow you to receive proof and documentation of that proof that you were injured.  The next step you should take is to contact a tractor trailer injury lawyer in Staten Island from there you can decide if you need or want to proceed with a case.

Our law firm is experienced in a variety of types of motor vehicle accidents. To speak with Frank J. Dito Jr. Staten Island tractor trailer injury lawyer call 800-310-5520 or email us.  Our firm is dedicated to helping you.  We know that this is a time in your life where you do not need unnecessary stress and we do our best to help our clients through their case and work our hardest to get you the most money you deserve. Call today for a free consultation.