When large commercial trucks cause accidents, people in their path are especially vulnerable.
We’ve all seen or heard of highway accidents caused by truck drivers who were overly aggressive, not paying attention, or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Truck accidents also happen because drivers are tired (i.e., they’ve driven too many hours, etc.) or failed to safely maintain their truck (e.g., defective brakes, etc.). Even a truck driver’s simple inattention can cause devastating injuries to other motorists.
Following a collision, trucking companies and their insurance companies will immediately begin to investigate the scene, vehicles and drivers. Their goal is simple: reduce exposure and limit their own liability. At Porter Nordby Howe, LLP, we know that it’s critical for an injured party to investigate as soon as possible after an accident, or the trucking company will gain an unfair advantage. Vehicles can be quickly repaired, evidence can be lost or destroyed, and witnesses’ memories can fade. We take immediate action to aggressively protect our clients’ rights by launching our own investigation with the best experts and investigators available. Doing so puts you on equal footing with these large commercial defendants, and greatly increases your odds of success.
When you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, the stakes can be extremely high. Special laws exist which govern the conduct of operators of commercial trucks, as well as the large companies that employ them. At Porter Nordby Howe LLP, we are knowledgeable and experienced in this field, and we have a proven track record of holding commercial carriers responsible when their negligent acts cause injuries to our clients. We face those large corporate defendants head on, and will take all available steps to maximize your recovery.
Truck Accident Lawyers in Syracuse NY
Drivers and passengers in smaller vehicles are especially vulnerable when involved in commercial truck accidents.
Smaller vehicles simply don’t fare well when they are involved in accidents with larger trucks. The laws of physics dictate that more often than not, the larger vehicle will cause far more damage to the smaller vehicle. This means passengers in smaller vehicles are often seriously injured even when the truck involved suffers only minor damage. Although modern vehicles are designed to better withstand the forces of collisions, frequently, passengers suffer significant injuries that require extensive medical treatment. When innocent people are involved in accidents, they must take the necessary steps to protect themselves. That’s why the legal team at Porter Nordby Howe LLP aggressively seeks restitution for innocent truck accident victims.
What can accident victims do to protect their interests after an accident with a commercial truck?
First, anyone involved in an accident needs to obtain medical care immediately. Determining the extent of any injuries and developing a treatment plan with the help of medical professionals is always the priority. Any motor vehicle accident victim should visit a medical professional as soon as possible after an accident. The doctors in emergency rooms or a private practice are experienced in triage and will carefully examine the injuries to determine if there are any conditions that require immediate attention. Not only will receiving immediate medical care help to resolve obvious injuries, but it will allow the accident victim to establish a record of getting prompt attention.
Not all injuries manifest themselves immediately. Visiting a doctor at the onset of any other symptoms is crucial and documentation is critical. Our truck accident lawyers in Syracuse NY will need to have records of all medical treatment when we approach the trucking company to demand damages. We strongly encourage our clients to follow up fully with any treatment protocols recommended by the attending physicians. If treatments or therapy are recommended, it’s always good to comply.
It can’t be said enough that because investigators from the motor carrier’s insurer will be investigating the accident immediately, the other drivers and passengers involved should be aware of their rights as soon as possible, and certainly during the time the trucking companies are conducting their investigations. It is for these reasons that it is so important to form a relationship with an attorney as soon as possible after being involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle. At Porter Nordby Howe, LLP, we are here to make sure the commercial carrier’s insurer does not gain an unfair advantage.
How today’s actions will impact a victim’s future?
A trucking company and their insurance carrier will use every tool they have in order to use the law to their best advantage and minimize the amount of any settlement or verdict they ultimately have to pay. This means every action taken close in time to the accident can absolutely have a profound impact on what happens in the future. Even the entitlement to damages for permanent injuries are at risk if a victim makes mistakes early on in the process. It is for this reason that we strongly advise truck accident victims to contact Porter Nordby Howe LLP for help as soon as possible following any truck-related accident in Syracuse NY.
For guidelines and instructions on what you should do if you’ve been involved in a truck accident, visit our FAQ page for important information.