New York City Trucking Accident Lawyers

New York Truck Accident Lawyers

Experienced Trucking Injury Lawyers in New York


A truck traveling at high speeds with heavy or dangerous cargo could result in a tragic and devastating highway accident. Trucking accidents may be catastrophic even at low speeds. At The Orlow Firm, our car accident lawyers are experienced in representing the victims and families of trucking accidents.

Catastrophic and deadly trucking accidents require the skills of an attorney who can tackle complex litigation and drive your case towards a successful resolution. We work to see you restored after suffering serious injuries.

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Accidents involving commercial vehicles and trucks can lead to complex litigation involving businesses, insurance companies, multiple defendants, and federal trucking regulations. If you have been injured in a trucking accident, you want to be certain that your attorney is adept in handling the complexities of trucking litigation. Our team of New York City trucking accident attorneys will work to obtain optimal results in your case.

Our team of trucking accident attorneys is experienced with all of the following:

  • Car Accidents
  • Car-truck crashes
  • 18 wheeler accidents
  • Tractor-trailer accidents
  • Delivery accidents
  • Wrongful death

Large loads, dangerous products, and other dangerous conditions can lead to catastrophic and fatal accidents involving semis and other large commercial vehicles. If you have been injured in a trucking accident, it is imperative that you contact a NYC trucking accident lawyer as soon as possible. Our attorneys will immediately begin work on your case to ensure that necessary evidence, including witness statements, black box recording evidence, and driver’s log records are preserved. We will work to protect your financial security and your interests now and into the future.

New York Commercial Truck Accident Lawyers

Helping Clients Injured by Big Trucks and Large Transportation Organizations

Large trucks traveling at high speeds with heavy cargo can easily cause serious injuries and wrongful death when drivers are reckless, cargo loaders are careless or owners are negligent. Because of the inherent risk in transporting cargo, in NYC carriers are generally required to carry large amounts of insurance. This ensures that accident victims have access to the compensation they need following serious injuries.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a commercial truck accident, contact the New York City commercial truck accident attorneys of The Orlow Firm. We have represented clients in truck accidents since 1981.

“I was fortunate to benefit from the experience, knowledge and compassion of all three Orlows after being injured in 2004.”

Our firm is a father/sons firm that has long been recognized for caring legal service and legal excellence. In fact, attorney Steve Orlow was elected as president of the NYC County Bar Association partially on the strength of his practice and dedication to clients’ rights. We are highly experienced in helping clients injured in collisions involving:

  • UPS, FedEx, Post Office (USPO) and other delivery trucks
  • Semi trucks, tractor trailers and 18 wheelers
  • Small- and medium-sized inner-city delivery vehicles

In too many cases in New York City, our investigations reveal that the negligent truck drivers only recently received their commercial driving licenses (CDLs) and are “learning on the road.” Other common problems include poorly maintained trucks, or drivers with a history of traffic violations and drunk driving. If you have been injured in a commercial truck accident, do not risk losing the compensation you deserve.

New York City Commercial Truck Accident Lawyers

Helping Clients Injured by Big Trucks and Large Transportation Organizations

Large trucks traveling at high speeds with heavy cargo can easily cause serious injuries and wrongful death when drivers are reckless, cargo loaders are careless or owners are negligent. Because of the inherent risk in transporting cargo, in NYC carriers are generally required to carry large amounts of insurance. This ensures that accident victims have access to the compensation they need following serious injuries.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a commercial truck accident, contact New York City commercial truck accident attorneys of The Orlow Firm. We have represented clients in truck accidents since 1981.

“I was fortunate to benefit from the experience, knowledge and compassion of all three Orlows after being injured in 2004.”

Our firm is a father/sons firm that has long been recognized for caring legal service and legal excellence. In fact, attorney Steve Orlow was elected as president of the NYC County Bar Association partially on the strength of his practice and dedication to clients’ rights. We are highly experienced in helping clients injured in collisions involving:

  • UPS, FedEx, Post Office (USPO) and other delivery trucks
  • Semi trucks, tractor trailers and 18 wheelers
  • Small- and medium-sized inner-city delivery vehicles

In too many cases in New York City, our investigations reveal that the negligent truck drivers only recently received their commercial driving licenses (CDLs) and are “learning on the road.” Other common problems include poorly maintained trucks, or drivers with a history of traffic violations and drunk driving. If you have been injured in a commercial truck accident, do not risk losing the compensation you deserve.

Distracted Truck Drivers Pose Big Dangers on the Road

Two tragedies earlier this summer highlight the extreme dangers posed to motorists by distracted truck drivers. In Illinois, a distracted trucker triggered a nine-vehicle crash that killed three people; in Missouri an inattentive truck driver killed two people when he rear-ended their vehicles.

Deadly Inattentiveness

St. Louis’s KSDK TV spoke with a police officer on the scene of the fatal Missouri crash involving a big rig who said motorists can get killed and injured by truck drivers who are “inattentive, and traveling with an 80,000 pound vehicle….”

The driver in that truck accident told police that he had taken his eyes off of the road. When he looked back, traffic in front of his tractor-trailer had come to a stop, making it impossible for him to slow his truck in time.

Research shows that just a few seconds of distraction can prove deadly, especially when the distracted driver is behind the wheel of a large truck.

Texting While Driving a Large Truck

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute studied truckers who text while driving and found that those drivers were 23 times more likely to have a crash or near-crash than those who didn’t text while behind the wheel. Researchers found that the truckers took their eyes off of the road for just five seconds – but that this was enough time to travel more than the length of a football field.

That study showed that truck drivers raise risks of crashes when performing complex tasks while driving. Interacting with a dispatching device raises the risks by a factor of nine; looking at a map raises the crash and near-crash risk seven times; reaching for an electronic device makes a crash or near-crash nine times more likely.

Because 18-wheelers are more difficult to maneuver and take longer to stop than cars, those five seconds of inattention are especially dangerous to other motorists and their passengers.

The Dangers of Drowsiness

Sleepiness is another factor that too often contributes to hazardous operation of large trucks. Because truck drivers are typically under pressure to deliver their loads in the shortest amount of time possible, many skip needed sleep while on long hauls.

A 2000 study of sleep-related problems among truck drivers showed that 40 percent of long-haul drivers reported difficulties in staying alert on at least one-fifth of their trips. More than 20 percent of the long-haulers also reported having dozed off while behind the wheel.

The problem with inattentive or sleepy truck drivers is enhanced by the size of vehicles weighing up to 80,000 pounds.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, large trucks constitute only four percent of all vehicles, yet account for 11 percent of all crash fatalities. In 2004, more than 5,000 people died in crashes involving big rigs; three-quarters of the deaths were occupants of the other vehicles in the collisions.

When the Numbers Hit Home

While the statistics on distracted, sleepy and inattentive truck drivers can be shocking, they are much more than numbers. They tell just a small part of the story of a tragic death or painful injury.

If you or your family has been hurt by a distracted truck driver, speak with a New York personal injury attorney who understands the law and knows how to fight successfully for full and fair compensation for medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering. Contact a personal injury lawyer for an assessment of the facts in your case.

Contact The Orlow Firm

 

At The Orlow Firm, we take all cases on a “contingent fee” basis. A contingent fee means that the attorneys are paid only at the time when, and if, they recover money damages for the client. A contingent fee thereby allows an injured person with little or no financial resources to obtain competent legal assistance. At the time recovery is obtained, the attorneys’ fee is a percentage of the award in the case. If there is no recovery, there will be no attorneys’ fees.*

Free consultation: If you have recently suffered an injury or wonder if you have a legal claim, our qualified and experienced lawyers will offer a confidential and honest assessment of your case.

Contact our office by calling (646) 647-3398 today. We will come to you if you cannot come to us.

* Case expenses are advanced by our firm and are reimbursed to the firm by the client at the conclusion of the case.