What Does A Truck Accident Lawyer Do?

What does a truck accident lawyer do?

Any motor vehicle collision can be traumatizing, but a truck accident multiplies those troubles. When a commercial tractor-trailer or semi hits a passenger vehicle, the smaller the automobile faces much more risk and damages. 

If you or a loved one is facing this situation and need to know how to get compensation, learn how our truck accident lawyers at Cellino Law can help you.

How Can Our Truck Accident Lawyers Help With Your Case?

You may be at a loss for what to do next after a truck accident, especially as you try to repair your vehicle and care for your health. Our truck accident lawyers guide you through the whole process.

What Does A Truck Accident Lawyer Do?

Provide You With a Free Case Evaluation

Once you’ve gotten the necessary medical attention and reported the incident, you should call us for a free consultation with no obligation. You can be fully transparent about what happened and your concerns about the case. Don’t worry about forgetting anything. Someone from our team will ask you what we need to know to determine your next steps. 

Feel free to ask about our experience and track record. We have decades of legal work under our belt and have recovered over $2 billion in settlements. We’re confident that you’ll want to work with us.

Help You Investigate Your Accident

Once we agree that it’s a good idea to work together, we’ll begin investigating your case in depth. You may already have gotten photos, videos, recordings and contact information from witnesses that we can use to establish your claim. 

If you did not, don’t despair. We’ll take a closer look and get whatever details we can from the accident scene, footage and bystanders.

This step is important for determining all parties who played a role in your accident and owe you damages. For example, different companies or individuals may have contributed to the unsafe conditions, including:

We consider all the details to hold the right people responsible for your injuries and losses. 

Also, remember that New York is a pure comparative negligence state. Even if the court finds that you have some of the liability, you can still file an injury claim.

Gather and Organize Additional Evidence

The specifics about your injury and property damage will also be crucial in helping you establish the fault of the truck driver. The insurance company expects you to show that your injuries and property damage were not from some preexisting condition or situation.

We’ll also fight for evidence the driver’s employer has, such as travel and rest logs. If the company keeps any kind of event data recorder in its vehicles that can show what happened at the time of the accident, we’ll push to get that information, too. If necessary, we’ll also find experts who understand why and how accidents and injuries happen to verify your claims.

Communicate and Negotiate With Insurance Companies

Insurance companies know every trick to try to get you to say or do something that would allow them to reduce your claim. After a harrowing truck accident, you don’t need the stress of worrying about always saying the right thing to an adjuster.

Fortunately, we remove that burden and talk to the insurers for you. When the truck driver’s representatives or insurance team contact you, you can give them our number so that we can deal with the negotiations and push for the highest possible settlement.

Represent You at Trial When Necessary

We are able to settle most claims out of court. On occasion, an insurance company may refuse to give a reasonable offer. In that case, we’re fully ready to present your suit in court by filing a complaint, handling discovery and representing you in the trial.

How Common Are Truck Accidents in Manhattan?

Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs are some of the busiest locations in the state, not to mention the entire country. Because of the heavy amount of commerce that goes on in the area, the number of these large vehicles is higher than usual in the United States.

On average, at least a few truck accidents happen every day in Manhattan. For example, the area’s stats for December 2023 showed 97 collisions involving large commercial vehicles.

Even more concerning is the fact that accidents involving large trucks are more likely to cause a fatality. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, New York is one of the top 10 states for large truck fatalities. With the prevalence of such dangerous collisions, you shouldn’t hesitate to call us at Cellino Law if you need help.

What Determines How Much a Truck Accident Case Is Worth?

The value of your case will depend on the injuries you sustained and the percentage of fault the insurance company or court will assign to the trucker. With those elements, you can claim three types of damages.

1. Special Damages (Financial Losses)

It is your right to claim any and every financial loss that the truck accident imposed upon you beyond what your own insurance covers under New York’s no-fault laws. The at-fault party needs to take care of whatever costs to repair your vehicle or other property back to its previous condition or provide the funds to replace these items. They will likely argue about what the true values were, so count on our help to prove an accurate estimation.

When your injuries are extensive and more than what your personal injury protection coverage will handle, the liable parties must cover that as well. We’ll work with you to gather all the diagnoses you received and what the total costs of your treatments will be. This includes any equipment you’ll require and home modifications as well. Furthermore, related costs, such as traveling back and forth to treatment, are expenses you can claim.

Any time you take from work to recuperate is also recoverable, but PIP only covers up to $2,000 a month for three years. If your case is worth more, you should fight for the additional compensation.

Again, determining the full amount of lost future earnings can be debatable, so you want a competent legal team such as ours to back you up and help you get all you’re due. Keep in mind that this also applies to losses that a family experiences if a loved one dies in a truck accident.

2. General Damages (Noneconomic Losses)

The trauma of your injuries and the incident itself could be life-altering. Some people even develop a fear of driving. Others have dealt with psychological and emotional turmoil from physical disfigurement or disabilities that impair the enjoyment of their previous lifestyle. Sadly, the most unfortunate consequence of truck accidents is someone dying. 

You can request compensation for any of this pain and suffering by claiming these general damages. Since these don’t have any intrinsic monetary value, they can be difficult to calculate. We’ll work out the appropriate formula for your case.

3. Punitive Damages (Punishment on the Defendant)

If the truck driver or their employer was grossly negligent, punitive damages might be possible. This type of compensation is infrequent but possible.

Get the Support You Need From Our Truck Accident Lawyers in Manhattan

A truck accident is a frightening ordeal. After such an incident in Manhattan, you have every right to recover damages for the driver’s negligence or wrongful act

Call Cellino Law for assistance in holding the appropriate parties responsible. We’re ready to use our extensive experience and resources to represent you.

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  • Thank you for your efforts on my behalf. I am very pleased (and surprised) at the amount of the settlement. We will use the funds to help pay down the debt on the truck we had to purchase after ours was totaled. Thank you again.

    Linda

  • Cellino Law and more specifically my attorney, Gregory V. Pajak, Managing Attorney, and as a whole the Cellino Law Firm and its organization. This is by far one of the most professional law firms and attorney I have ever engaged with and retained in my 35 years. The level of professionalism goes beyond words, the care and constant engagement with me as the client was touching. I was never ever just treated as simply a CASE with potentially a significant dollar number attached to my file. I was engaged regularly, Tracey (Ass’t) and Greg always made sure to remain constant, as well as consistent in overseeing that my case was handled properly and that it did matter in many ways - ensuring that the end result(s) would be fair and reasonable to my case/injury. The regular follow-up calls were very satisfying, knowing that you’re involved in your case matters significantly AND always. One of my main items to recognize Cellino Law and Gregory is that whenever I called, I was able to get through to speak directly to my Lawyer and he would answer any if not all of my questions in a very professional and genuinely caring manner. I always felt cared for and protected legally and more importantly, I was made feel as a human being that was being cared for and always keeping me abreast of all matters connected to the case. There was never a point I felt let down, on the contrary -the level of service was “STELLAR”. Greg is the consummate professional, a ‘role model’, if you will, for what other attorneys should strive to become when dealing with their clients.

    Anthony

  • This letter is to thank Ms. Diane D’Andrea, assistant to Mr. George Gridelli, Attny for all the hard work, dedication, and attentiveness she showed during the representation of my case. She was always cheerful and ready to help in whatever way she could. All messages left for Mr. Gridelli were always relayed and Mr. Gridelli always promptly returned our calls. She was a very competent assistant. Cellino Law has proven to be a model of what legal representation should be. Throughout the 6 ½ years of this case, I have heard many horror stories from people with “bad lawyer stories.” We consider ourselves to be very lucky to have chosen Cellino Law and will always recommend you to those looking for good, honest representation with a personal touch.

    Joseph

  • I want to thank your law firm for settling my lawsuit where others failed. You treated me with the utmost respect and care, because of your law firm the dream of owning my own home finally came true. For the first time in a long time, we're living out our dream home. Thank you a million times over. Thank you for making my dream come true.

    Marcy

  • Choosing the right attorney to represent you after an accident can make all the difference. This is no cliche. I recently experienced these words to live by first hand. After a tractor trailer rear ended me at high speed in 2017 I retained Allan Silverstein to handle my case. I quickly realized that bringing a lawsuit rapidly snowballs into a mountain of details that can make or break your results. Documents, case histories, doctor visits, bills, and lots of phone calls all need to be accurately kept track of if a successful outcome it to be attained. To complicate matters I reside in New York and the incident took place in New Jersey. Luckily, Allan was licensed in multiple states. I was fortunate to find Allan to handle this matter from the New York area. Armed with an accurate account of the facts Allan went to work on the difficult job of negotiating with the defending insurance company as well as my no fault carrier in order to obtain the best possible outcome for my set of circumstances. In a lawsuit communication is key and and events can be of a timely nature. Allan never failed to return my calls - usually the same day! He fought skillfully and respectfully to get me the best possible settlement. He is easy to deal with and a likeable down to earth guy. He always listened with compassion and respect to my issues. He guided me with objective understanding as well as a realistic analysis of the merits of my case. When we finally settled Allan got me a fair agreement beyond my expectations and negotiated with my doctors to make sure all my bills were paid. It was a great experience having Allan represent me. Quality work in any aspect of life is hard to find. Quality is what I got with Allan Silverstein. I highly recommend him if you find yourself in need of a personal injury attorney.

    Theodore

  • My experience during the time of negotiations was extremely positive. Josh Sandberg handled my lawsuit with the utmost integrity. He returned all my phone calls in a timely manner and answered all my questions. Josh made things less stressful. I would highly recommend Josh and the entire staff at Cellino Law.

    Arthur