New York Fatal Truck Accidents Lawyer
In NY it is Important to Seek Legal Advice as Soon as Possible
When a family experiences the death of a loved one in the aftermath of a truck accident, it can be difficult to know what to do next. It is hard enough for you and your loved ones to deal with the loss, but when you think the accident was caused by either the truck driver or the trucking company’s negligence, you can find yourself going from grieving to angry. If you believe your loved one’s death was the result of someone else’s negligence, we advise you to seek legal advice as soon as possible. It is important to know that in New York State you have a shortened amount of time to file a wrongful death claim. While nothing can completely ease your pain, the experienced wrongful death attorneys at the Law Offices of Sobo & Sobo are here to listen and help you on your journey through this extremely difficult time.
Truck Drivers Have Added Responsibility For Your Safety
Truck crashes can occur under a variety of circumstances. Perhaps an 18-wheeler took a turn too wide coming onto the NY Thruway and as a result, the big-rig jackknifed causing a road blockage. Perhaps they did not take the extra minute to fully examine their mirrors and did not see the car coming up behind them as they entered the highway.
Tractor-trailer drivers have important jobs. Unfortunately their many hours on the road and their non-traditional pay scales can sometimes become an issue. Oftentimes they are trying to beat the clock in order to get the bonus for reaching their destination before they are due. This can mean driving for more hours than recommended, not getting an adequate amount of sleep, and not being 100 percent focused on the road.
According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, in 2014, nearly 83 percent of fatal truck accidents in the state were caused at least partially by human error.
At Sobo & Sobo we represent the loved ones of those who have been killed in truck accidents caused by circumstances such as:
- Overworked drivers
- Aggressive drivers
- Negligent drivers
- Driver impairment
Trucking Companies are Also Responsible for Your Safety
Truck drivers are not the only ones who could be at fault for the death of your loved one. Truck drivers often have strict deadlines set forth by their companies. Additionally, the company may not do their due diligence when hiring drivers and be unaware of improper licensing. Sometimes companies are not as concerned about the condition of the tractor-trailers as they should be and they may overlook small defects in the mechanics of the trucks. For these reasons, the negligence could be found on the part of the trucking company. Examples of negligence caused by trucking companies include:
- Mechanical failures
- Mechanical defects
- Improper licensing
- Outdated driver training
The Law in NY and the Benefits You Deserve
In the state of New York, there are detailed statutes that indicate what surviving family members are entitled to receive after a wrongful death. These entitlements include payment for lost lifetime earnings, medical treatment and funeral expenses as well as compensation for the pain and suffering your loved one endured as a result of a trucking accident. An experienced lawyer, like the wrongful death attorneys at the Law Offices of Sobo & Sobo can be your guide through the sometimes complicated process of filing a wrongful death claim. Our focus is to be by your side and ensure that the journey is as smooth as possible. Some of the documents you might be asked to provide when filing a wrongful death suit after a fatal crash include:
- Medical records
- Death certificate
- Police report
Compassionate Help for Families of Fatal Accident Victims
At Sobo & Sobo, we understand how to support clients that are suffering because of the death of a loved one. If you have lost a loved one in a truck accident, we can help. Our attorneys have experience handling fatal truck accident cases and know how to serve families with the kindness they deserve after such a terrible tragedy. Call 855-468-7626 to set up a free initial consultation. We have offices conveniently located in Middletown, Newburgh, Pine Bush, Spring Valley, Warwick, Poughkeepsie, Kingston and New York City. We look forward to hearing your story, helping your family during this tragic time and taking the next step toward Winning Together.