Roughly 15.5 million commercial vehicles, including semi-trucks and tractor-trailers, travel U.S. highways and roads each year. Some of these trucks are as long as 53 feet and can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. When a collision occurs involving a commercial truck, it is more likely to cause catastrophic and life-changing physical and/or emotional damage to the victim in the passenger vehicle.
If you sustain a serious injury in a truck accident, you will want to file a claim for compensation for injuries and damages that occurred. However, dealing with a truck accident claim is not an easy process for someone unfamiliar with truck accident law. Trucking companies and their insurers want to pay out the least amount of money possible to truck accident claim victims. Having an experienced truck accident lawyer on your side will help you get the compensation that you deserve. Here is what to look for when hiring a truck accident lawyer.
Truck Accident Litigation Experience
A lawyer with experience in truck accident litigation will understand the many nuances of truck accident cases, including how to properly investigate the accident, how to determine liability, and knowledge of federal and state rules and regulations surrounding truck accident cases. They will also have experience in dealing with insurance companies and will be able to predict what the company will say or do. In most cases, the insurance company will try to avoid payment and the lawyer should be equipped and ready to counter.
A History of Handling Truck Accident Cases
Since truck accident claims are complex, an attorney who has a long history and experience of going up against truck insurers — not just big rigs but other types of commercial vehicles as well — will be an ideal candidate for your case. In addition to a prior history of handling truck accident cases, the personal injury lawyer should have knowledge of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rules and regulations.
Honors and Awards
Lawyers and law firms who have exceptional track records are nominated to annual “Best of” lists, achievement awards, or other honors. Often these are awarded based on case results and/or peer recognition. While the lawyer or firm may not have received an honor specifically based on truck accident cases, any awards or honors — especially those received multiple years in a row — are positive indicators.
At Kramer, Dillof, Livingston & Moore (KDLM), our New York truck accident lawyers have successfully represented truck accident victims for years throughout the state, helping families secure payment for much-needed expenses like medical bills, loss of income, property damage, and more. For example, we represented the family of a 44-year-old man who was killed by a truck. The family received a settlement of $10.2 million from the company that operated the truck.
When New Yorkers need tough and highly respected legal representation, they come to KDLM. There is no single type of case that is a “right fit.” We evaluate every case on an individual basis. If you’ve been involved in a commercial truck accident, please read our FAQs and then contact us at (212) 267-4177 to schedule a consultation.