Manhattan is an area that needs no introduction. Times Square, Harlem, Midtown Manhattan, Downtown, Madison Avenue, the Lower East side, and Soho have roadways originally designed for small cars. Plus, traffic and one-way roads further complicate driving in NYC. Notwithstanding speed limit reductions in some areas of Manhattan, outdoor restaurants and bike lanes are challenging for motorists and pedestrians alike. In exploring the concrete jungle known as Manhattan, some motorists and pedestrians are injured in accidents with heavy trucks or tractor-trailers. Some of these trucks weigh 2-3 tons or more, and while making sharp turns or backing up, they sometimes fail to follow the rules of the road, the safety regulations of the company, or their CDL [ Commercial driver license] training.
If a truck driver who falls behind in his deadlines for deliveries drives too fast or makes sharp turns without properly looking into their blind spot mirrors or side-view mirrors, they can hit a car in the right lane. Worse yet, a truck may strike a pedestrian or bicyclist who is legally crossing the street or riding in the bike lane. Also, dooring a bicyclist is another danger when trucks make deliveries and open their side doors in front of the bicyclist.
If you have been seriously injured in a truck accident as a motorist, passenger, or pedestrian in Manhattan, then it is important that you speak to an experienced attorney as soon as possible. If you are involved in a truck accident in Manhattan, Ed Lemmo Law will assist in getting you the compensation you deserve.
Involved in a Truck Accident?
If you are involved in an accident with a truck, it is important to understand your legal rights and responsibilities. Immediately after your accident, make sure you call 911. Take photos and videos of the roadway, damage to the vehicles or bikes involved, and document your injuries before going to the nearest emergency room. Also, avoid making any statements to the other driver. Your actions after an accident involving a truck can have an important impact on your potential compensation.
Types of Compensation Available
For Manhattan truck accidents, there are three key categories of compensation that you can potentially receive under state law:
- General damages, such as past and future pain and suffering
- Special damages, such as medical bills and future rehabilitative costs
General damages include things that are not easily quantifiable, such as pain and suffering and mental anguish. Special damages include quantifiable losses such as medical bills, lost wages, or rehabilitation costs. Punitive damages are reserved for cases where the judge wants to punish the responsible party for their conduct. If your Manhattan truck accident case involves damages over $25,000, your case will be filed in the Civil Term of the Supreme Court.
Get Professional Assistance
If you have been involved in a truck accident in Manhattan, then it is important that you speak to an experienced attorney. Ed Lemmo Esq. has handled truck accident cases and knows the legal maneuvering of the truck accident lawyers and how to defeat them. At Lemmo Law, we are proud to offer free consultations to all prospective clients. To schedule a consultation, contact us online or call (646) 522-9082.
And remember, we have a no-fee guarantee—if we don't win your case, we do not collect any fees.
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