We need big, commercial trucks to bring us the products we use every day, but most of us know enough to stay out of their way when we encounter one on the highway. That’s because a car is no match for a truck in a collision, and the driver of the car is the one who is most likely to sustain a serious injury. A truck not only outweighs a car by a large factor, but also cannot stop as quickly and carries a lot more momentum. Truck accidents are legally complex because of all the parties involved whose negligence may have led to the accident. For this reason, it is essential to contact an experienced New York truck accident lawyer if you’ve been hurt in a truck accident.
Many of the victims of collisions with trucks, who are drivers or passengers of a car, are killed outright. However, those who survive often sustain injuries that are very serious and may be life-altering. Catastrophic injuries are injuries that change a person’s life forever and are permanently disabling and require a lifetime of medical care and/or rehabilitation. Examples of these are spinal cord injuries that cause paralysis, head and brain injuries, severe burns, limb amputations, or injuries that cause blindness. These types of injuries can make a person unable to return to his or her job and will often greatly reduce the quality of life.
What to Do After a Truck Accident
To protect both your safety and your rights, it’s important to take several steps right away after a truck accident. First of all, move your car to a place of safety. Then, report the accident to the authorities including EMS and the police so that they can render assistance to anyone who is injured. Get the contact and identification information from all other involved parties and also from any witnesses. If possible, take photos of the accident scene and the vehicles. Be sure to get medical help as soon as possible, even if the injuries do not at first seem serious. Finally, be sure to contact a skilled New York truck accident lawyer who can do the talking for you when the insurance companies call.
Call to Schedule a Free Consultation With a New York Truck Accident Lawyer Today
Personal injury and workers’ compensation attorneys at Littman & Babiarz Law Office have been helping those injured in truck accidents in central New York for over 30 years. We have Law offices in Auburn and Ithaca NY, and look forward to supporting clients throughout Lansing, Watkins Glen, Owego, Elmira and surrounding Tomkins County, Seneca County, Cayuga County, Cortland County, Schuyler County, Chemung County, Tioga County, Yates County, Onondaga County and Broome County communities. If you need legal guidance to navigate the complexities of a truck accident, we are here to help. Get in touch with us online or call us at 607-277-7527 regarding your free initial consultation today.