If you are hit by a truck driver in NYC and suffer serious injuries, you will need to show that the driver was responsible and is liable for paying your damages. Trucking companies may be liable for damages via a legal concept called “vicarious liability”, which means an employer can be held responsible for accidents caused by employees
Another way fault is proved in a NYC truck-vehicle crash is “negligence per se”. This normally means the driver violated a provision of the Vehicle & Traffic Law.. In addition, it sometimes happens that a trucking company does not screen potential employees and hires incompetent or “bad” drivers. This might give rise to a negligent entrustment or hiring cause of action. An experienced truck accident attorney can perform in-depth background checks of drivers to determine if the driver had repeated traffic convictions indicating the company should never have hired the employee.
Trying to handle your own accident case will be difficult because the big rig industry has complex regulations. Truck drivers must possess special commercial driver licenses, take mandated breaks while transporting loads, carry specific load amounts and operate trucks adhering to federal quality control standards. In some cases, a defect in a truck’s component could cause the truck to crash into your vehicle. An accident attorney may be able to obtain compensation from the supplier of the component according to the “product liability” legal theory.
Talk to one of our truck accident attorneys as soon as possible so they can begin examining and gathering details about your case essential for obtaining adequate compensation. Some truck crashes in NYC result in serious injuries for drivers of smaller vehicles. We understand how difficult it is to manage your own case if you are hospitalized and will work tirelessly to relieve the stress of worrying about your legal obligations. Call William Mattar today to set up a free initial consultation.