Albany Truck Accident Lawyer
Victims of truck accidents–whether pedestrians or drivers–can suffer bone fractures, brain injuries and internal injuries as a consequence of being hit by a large truck or 18-wheeler. Filing claims, navigating the legal maze of courts and documents and keeping up with appointments is why many people in Albany choose to hire a truck accident lawyer to represent them.
William Mattar attorneys will work tirelessly to get you the fair and just compensation you deserve if you have been hit by a negligent truck driver. Compensation amounts are based on several factors, including lost wages, medical treatment and severity of injuries.
Always consult with an attorney as soon as possible after an accident. New York State, like all other states, has a statute of limitations governing the time citizens have to file an accident claim. To assist you, our law firm is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take your call. Dial (844) 444-4444 to make a free consultation appointment. If you are injured and recovering at home or in the hospital, we will be happy to come to your location to talk about your truck accident case.
Trucking Industry Laws and Your Rights
In addition to regular traffic laws, truckers and the trucking industry must adhere to a comprehensive list of special laws and regulations referred to as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Trucking companies are also required to maintain insurance minimums to cover damages caused by their truck drivers during accidents, whether solitary or involving other vehicles.
Trucking companies are also expected to maintain their trucks and keep them in safe operating conditions. Failure to inspect and repair faulty tires, brakes and other components can put drivers and pedestrians at risk.
Whether you were the victim of a fatigued or reckless truck driver or suffered injuries due to an unsafe truck losing a wheel or defective brakes, you are entitled to compensation. Be assured an Albany truck accident lawyer at our law firm is ready to take your call to discuss your case today.
Avoiding Accidents with Trucks
You should be aware that truck drivers driving semi trucks and 18 wheelers have “blind spots” at left rear corners, along right front quarters and immediately behind their truck. If you are driving behind a big rig on the highway and cannot see the side view mirror on the driver’s side of a tractor trailer, you are probably in a blind spot and should stay alert for sudden lane changes by the truck driver.
Never pass a truck while it is backing up because the driver probably cannot see you. In most cases, motorists should pass large trucks on their left hand side and maintain a safe speed while passing. Allow for enough space between you and the truck before switching back to the lane. Remember, trucks need much more distance to slow down than standard-sized vehicles.
Make sure your own rear view and side view mirrors are positioned properly to eliminate blind spots. While driving, you should be able to see your car’s rear left corner.
When driving on interstates with heavy truck traffic at night, you can consider adjusting rear view mirrors by slightly tilting them upward to dim headlights of cars behind you. This will provide a clearer view of the traffic in front and beside you and prevent sudden, blinding flashes of bright light from impeding visibility. If your looking for a Albany truck accident lawyer, William Mattar can help.
While it is not always possible to avoid an accident involving a truck in Albany, rest assured a truck accident lawyer will fight for your rights in court if you have suffered serious injuries due to a negligent truck driver. Call us today to schedule a consultation: (844) 444-4444.