Kingston Truck Accident Lawyers
Injured? We Are Available 24/7!
Operating a vehicle as large as a truck is a big responsibility. Truck
drivers and everyone involved in the management of these vehicles are
required to uphold a standard of care to ensure the safety of the driver
and everyone else on the road. When this standard is breached, then devastating
injuries can occur.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, consider calling our Kingston
truck accident attorneys for help. Our personal injury team, based in
Poughkeepsie, Ellenville, and New York City, works around-the-clock to make sure your
case is prepared thoroughly and that you feel cared for. As the only firm
in Ulster County to have six attorneys recognized by
Super Lawyers®, we have the experience and dedication you need.
We're available 24/7 to take your call. Request a
FREE case review today at (845) 340-HURT (4878).
Preparing Your Injury Claim
At Mainetti, Mainetti & O'Connor, P.C., we work closely with experienced
investigators, accident reconstruction specialists, and experts in mechanical
engineering to help us get a full picture of what went wrong and what
led to your accident.
Our team can start your truck accident case by investigating:
- Driver logs
- Employment applications
- Personnel records
- Road test results
- Alcohol and drug test results
When you retain us, will look through all of the above and more to find
out if a truck driver or their company neglected to follow rules set forth
by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. These federal rules regulate
nearly every element of the trucking industry, from the number of hours
a driver is allowed on the road to the maximum weight permitted on a truck's
cargo. Each case is prepared diligently by our experienced and hard-working team.
Joseph O'Connor speaks at a trial attorneys’ conference about
the importance of tailoring an attorney’s presentation to the audience,
whether it is an insurance adjuster or a jury, and about using cutting
edge technology to more effectively prepare a case.
What to Do After a Truck Accident in New York
If you have been involved in a collision with a commercial truck, 18-wheeler,
semi-truck, or tanker, it is imperative you follow several key steps to
protect yourself from liability and maximize your chances of securing
the compensation you deserve.
Dial 911: Immediately after your collision, call the police and summon medical
attention as soon as possible to tend to injured parties. Do not attempt
to move anyone that appears seriously injured, as this can potentially
worsen their injuries.
Do not discuss the crash: At the scene of the crash, keep your comments to a minimum and do not
discuss the circumstances of your collision. Do not apologize for the
collision or say that you did not see the other vehicle, as these statements
can potentially be seen as admissions of fault.
Document the crash: Gather as much evidence as you can while at the scene of the accident.
This includes taking detailed photographs of the damage, skid marks, and
your injuries. If there were any witnesses to the crash, record their
Exchange information: You will need to exchange information with the truck driver and the drivers
of any other involved vehicles. Be sure to record the driver’s name,
license plate number, insurance information, registration information,
and trucking company information.
See a doctor: Even if your injuries appear mild, or if you are unsure if you have been
hurt at all, err on the side of caution and seek a full medical evaluation
as soon as possible. It is not uncommon for injuries to have delayed symptoms
and worsen over time. A doctor will be able to recognize your injuries
and protect you against further harm. Furthermore, delaying your medical
treatment or failing to see a doctor at all can cause your claim to be
limited or denied.
Tell your insurance company: Notifying your insurance provider as soon as possible is crucial to the
success of your claim. Examine the terms of your policy and follow the
instructions for filing a claim. Be truthful, but be careful not to sign
any papers or waivers without first consulting with an attorney. Otherwise,
your right to pursue compensation could be jeopardized without you even
Get in touch with an attorney immediately: Truck accidents are often highly complex events with multiple liable
parties, including the truck driver, the trucking company, or the truck
manufacturer. An attorney can examine the evidence surrounding your accident
and help you pursue legal action against those responsible. In addition,
an attorney will be able to ensure your rights are protected and advocate
for a settlement that fully compensates you for your losses, oftentimes
several times greater than the insurance company’s initial offer.
Helping You Maximize Compensation
After an accident, many victims find themselves experiencing financial
strain because of the high cost of medical care and lost earnings. We
understand what you are facing, which is why we do everything we can to
make sure our clients' claims are maximized. Our
personal injury lawyers are prepared to fight to get you the full amount for your present and
future costs, helping you secure the financial resources you need in the long run.
We can help you recover compensation for:
- Medical records
- Hospital bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. Call any of our offices in the Hudson
Valley to see what our attorneys' experience and knowledge can do
for your case.
Interested in learning more about filing a claim? Just
give us a call at (845) 340-HURT (4878) today.