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What Things Need To Be Considered After A Trucking Accident?

What Are Some Of The Severe Injuries Seen Resulting In These Accidents?

Unfortunately, a lot of fatalities and wrongful deaths are seen in truck accidents in New York, especially. A lot of spinal injuries, a lot of fractures, especially spinal fractures in truck accidents, leg accidents, knee injuries, shoulder injuries requiring surgery are also seen. Really, you name it, any kind of injury there is. Our New York truck accident lawyers have also seen a fair amount of traumatic brain injuries involving truck accidents, so the injuries tend to be very serious when a truck is involved.

What Type Of Evidence At The Scene Is Important To Preserve And Collect In These Types Of Cases?

Pictures. Definitely, pictures because you want to see where the vehicles ended up and the points of damage on the vehicles which will show where the points of impact where. Also photographs which show the type of damage can show how the accident happened Certainly, in New York City, they do what’s called AI or Accident Investigations, they document everything. You definitely want to document any skid marks because that tells you roughly, the path of the vehicles and how they ended up, where they ended up, and what happened beforehand.

A lot of truck accidents, especially if there is a truck within an intersection, you always want to get what’s called a line of sight, which means how far was the truck driver was able to see while driving this truck because, for example, if you have a truck that makes a left-hand turn and crashes into another vehicle, you can use the line of sight to demonstrate that they didn’t see this particular car coming when they made their turn and because they weren’t paying attention. Trucks tend to be higher up, so since the truck driver has to be higher up than a car driver, they tend to have a much better view of what’s coming at them and their surroundings. They have almost a panoramic view, which means that there is no reason why they didn’t see the vehicle other than a lack of attention. Those are the kind of things you really want to document after a truck accident. You definitely want to get pictures of the vehicles themselves, the locations of the vehicles, where they ended up and certainly, the track marks or the skid marks of the vehicles.

How Important Are Witnesses In These Cases?

Witnesses can be very important. People who saw what happened, obviously, can give a firsthand account, so it’s always good to try and get the contact information for anyone who saw an accident happen because oftentimes the drivers will be scared, they will be nervous about losing their jobs, they would try to come up with a version of why they are not at fault.

What About Re-enactment? Are Those Used Often In These Cases?

To a certain degree, they are. A lot of times, depending on the kind of accident it is, you can do a re-enactment. Typically, if it’s like a rear-end collision, or a pedestrian knocked down who was crossing the street, it really doesn’t matter what people say because the law places certain responsibilities on either the truck or the car depending on what’s involved in the accident. For example, the regulations say that you have to keep a certain distance between a vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.

In New York City, they have very strict laws about yielding to pedestrians who were in the sidewalk and it is actually a crime to hit a pedestrian who is in the crosswalk with the right of way. So, if a truck hits a pedestrian who is in the sidewalk, it’s almost impossible for them not to be at fault but rarely will you see the re-enactments or cases where it’s a very sharply disputed story and the physical evidence isn’t determinative of what actually happened.

If you are not sure What Things Need To Be Considered After A New York Trucking Accident, call the law office of Michael Joseph at (212) 858-0503 and get the information and legal answers you’re seeking.

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