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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Investigating Trucking Accidents in New York City

Q: Are truckers and trucking companies subject to extra safety regulations?

New York trucking accident attorneys handle many different varieties of trucking accident cases.  Whether the wreck involves large tractor-trailers or smaller commercial vehicles, if someone has been injured as a result of someone else’s negligent, reckless, or intentional actions--or their failure to act--the victim might be entitled to compensatory damages. 

In a personal injury action, compensatory damages may include the victim’s current and future medical expenses, current and future lost income, physical and psychological pain, property damage, and more depending on the particular circumstances. If the victim dies from their injuries, their estate and/or their closest surviving relatives may be entitled to damages in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Wrongful death lawsuits are complex with respect to who has legal standing to sue for damages and what kind of damages they may be entitled to recover depending on their relationship to the victim. In addition to the victim’s final medical and funeral expenses and the pain they may have suffered prior to dying, the victim’s closest relatives may be able to recover for loss of future earnings and benefits and loss of companionship of the victim.

Because trucks can weigh as much as 30 times more than an ordinary automobile and cause devastating losses in the event of an accident, there are special safety regulations that trucking companies and truck drivers must adhere to in an effort to reduce trucking accidents. Some of these regulations involve the inspection and maintenance of the vehicles and special licensing requirements of the drivers. Drivers also must abide by hourly driving limits to reduce the chances of them driving too long without adequate sleep.

Recently, an electrician replacing a street light bulb at approximately 3:00am reportedly fell from the cherry picker of his parked van when a bakery box truck “clipped the bottom of the bucket and flipped it”. According to nearby witnesses, the bakery truck was reportedly moving quickly at the time of the accident which was visible on nearby security cameras. The driver reportedly remained at the scene and passed a breathalyzer test. 

While an investigation will continue it was not immediately clear why the victim was apparently working alone at the time of an incident-- which may have been a violation of federal regulations requiring “at least two workers be on the scene when a cherry picker or bucket truck is in use”.

Contact Our Office Today to Learn more

If you or a loved one has been injured or a loved one has been killed as a result of someone else’s actions, the Goldstein Law Firm can maximize the compensation to which you may be entitled. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. 

From our office in the Bronx, New York, we represent injured victims and their families throughout New York City and New York State as well as those injured while visiting New York. 



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