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Brooklyn Truck Accident Lawyer

Have you been hurt in a truck accident in Brooklyn, NY? The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at (718) 802-1600 to schedule a free case review with a Brooklyn truck accident lawyer, we are ready to help you.

For 25 years, our law firm has represented accident victims in New York City’s five boroughs. You may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical care. Remember we offer a free case review, help is just a phone call away.

How the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC Can Help After a Truck Accident in Brooklyn

How the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC Can Help After a Truck Accident in BrooklynCommercial truck accidents often result in devastating injuries, frequently to multiple parties. They are also more complex than most car accidents. These cases tend to be more valuable and may have multiple liable parties. After a serious accident, the last thing you deserve is a complicated legal fight for the money you need, with insurance companies shifting blame to you.

The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC will serve as your legal advocate to protect your rights and fight for everything you deserve. Founding partner Jay S. Knispel is a Top 100 Trial Lawyer who has recovered some of the largest verdicts and settlements in New York history. He has extensive experience litigating multi-million-dollar injury cases.

We will put our decades of experience to work to:

  • Perform an independent investigation of your accident to gather evidence
  • Identify all parties who may be liable for your injuries
  • Work with experts in many fields to establish liability, causation, and the value of your case
  • Fight attempts by the insurance company to shift blame or escape fault
  • Negotiate on your behalf for a fair settlement offer
  • Take your case before a jury if the insurance company won’t treat you fairly 

We will fight for maximum compensation and hold the responsible party accountable for the harm you have suffered. Our firm has recovered life-changing settlements and awards for our clients, including a recent $2 million award for a car accident involving a tractor-trailer. Contact the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC today for your free case review with a Brooklyn personal injury lawyer.

How Common Are Truck Accidents in Brooklyn, NY?

How Common Are Truck Accidents in Brooklyn, NY?Large trucks make up just 4% of vehicles on highways in New York and the rest of the country. However, they are involved in 13% of fatal traffic accidents in the U.S.

When an accident involves a truck, it is more likely to result in serious injury and death. This is particularly true with accidents involving cars and trucks. 96% of deaths in these crashes involve the occupants of the cars, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Sadly, New York is one of the worst states for fatal truck crashes in the U.S. There were 121 fatalities involving truck accidents in New York in 2017 alone.

The New York Police Department publishes crash data for all New York City boroughs every month. Of the 228,047 traffic accidents in 2018 in New York City, 29% were in Brooklyn.

In January 2021 alone, there were 7,437 city-wide crashes. Most of these accidents involved cars and SUVs, but trucks and commercial vehicles were also common:

  • 559 large vehicle accidents (188 in Brooklyn)
  • 14 fire truck accidents (6 in Brooklyn)
  • 73 ambulance accidents (18 in Brooklyn)
  • 332 pick-up truck accidents (92 in Brooklyn) 

That means that in a single month in Brooklyn alone, there were nearly 300 truck accidents. Many of these crashes resulted in lives lost or changed forever.

What Is My Truck Accident Case Worth?

The value of your truck accident claim depends on many factors that are impossible to calculate without a consultation and investigation of your crash. Some types of damages are fairly easy to calculate, like property damages and current medical expenses. With serious accidents, long-term medical costs and non-economic damages can account for most of the claim’s value.

At the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, we will work with experts in many fields to help us calculate the full value of your claim. This may include financial experts who use data to predict the value of future lost earnings and employment benefits. We will also work with medical experts to determine your future medical needs, the extent of your injuries, and other damages.

As a general rule, the value of your claim will increase with factors such as:

  • Very painful, long-lasting, or serious injuries
  • Extensive, invasive, or painful medical treatment such as surgery
  • Future medical needs
  • Temporary or permanent disability or impairment
  • Disfigurement
  • Certain circumstances like an at-fault driver who displayed egregious behavior, like drunk driving 

Contact the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC today for a free consultation. We will help you better understand the potential value of your case.

What Kind of Damages Are Available to Truck Accident Victims in New York?

You may be entitled to many types of damages after your crash. This includes economic and non-economic damages for:

  • Medical expenses, including future medical care you need
  • Property damages
  • Lost wages
  • Lost or reduced earning capacity if disabled
  • Emotional distress
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of enjoyment of life 

You will need to recover damages from your own insurance carrier first under New York’s no-fault insurance rules. If you are not fully compensated or the at-fault driver caused “serious injury,” you can pursue damages through a personal injury claim.

We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation for All of Your Truck Accident Injuries

A truck accident can change your life forever. At the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, we fight for maximum compensation for all of your injuries including:

  • Burns
  • Amputation
  • Brain injuries
  • Back and neck injuries, like whiplash and herniated discs
  • Fractures
  • Nerve damage
  • Internal organ damage
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Seat belt injuries
  • Catastrophic injuries
  • Wrongful death

We will fight for not only the physical injuries you have sustained but also invisible wounds. This includes depression, PTSD, anxiety, and your reduced quality of life.

Can I Recover Compensation if I’m Being Blamed for a Truck Accident in New York?

New York uses a pure comparative negligence rule in crashes involving shared fault. Even if you contributed to your accident, you are still entitled to recover compensation.

In fact, the pure comparative negligence system allows you to recover damages even if you are 99% to blame for the crash. Your recovery will be reduced for any share of fault a jury assigns to you, however.

Because your share of fault will affect your recovery, it’s crucial to work with an experienced Brooklyn truck accident injury lawyer to build a strong case. Insurance companies use this system to shift blame as much as possible. If they successfully shift even some blame to you, they reduce their liability for the crash.

What Causes Most Truck Accidents in Brooklyn, New York?

Human error is to blame in 87% of all truck accidents, according to the Large Truck Crash Causation Study. This major nationwide government study found that the vehicle itself was the primary cause of a truck crash in 10% of crashes and the environment was to blame in 3% of accidents.

In all but 3% of truck accidents, someone is usually to blame through negligence or reckless behavior. Multiple parties may even share blame. For example, blame can be assigned to a distracted or fatigued truck driver, a negligent cargo loading company, or an irresponsible trucking company with unreasonable requirements for drivers.

According to the study, the most common factors contributing to truck accidents are:

  • Fatigued driving. The FMCSA even has strict rules on how long truck drivers can be on the road.
  • Reckless driving such as unnecessary and dangerous lane changing
  • Speeding
  • Drunk driving
  • Distracted driving such as using a cell phone
  • Brake problems, particularly with large trucks

The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC will carefully investigate your accident to determine the cause and who is responsible.

How Do I Prove Negligence After a Truck Accident in Brooklyn, NY?

Truck accidents are often serious and complex. A lengthy investigation may be required to determine how your accident occurred and who may be held liable. Our law office will conduct our own independent investigation separate from an investigation conducted by law enforcement and/or federal agencies.

Depending on the circumstances, many parties may be found to blame for your crash. This includes the truck driver, trucking company, the cargo loaders, the company that inspects and maintains the truck, manufacturers of defective parts, and other drivers.

Our investigation will turn to many forms of evidence that can establish negligence:

  • The trucking company’s internal records, requirements, hiring practices, training process, and more
  • The driver’s logs
  • The truck maintenance logs
  • Cell phone records from drivers who may have been distracted
  • NTSB investigation results
  • Police reports and accident reports
  • Any citations or arrests related to the accident
  • The truck’s black box recorder
  • Drug and alcohol screening results for the truck driver
  • Footage from surveillance cameras, traffic cameras, and dash cams
  • Witness statements 

Our firm will work with accident reconstruction specialists and other experts if needed. We will seek to prove negligence and liability beyond all doubt for the strongest claim possible.

How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Truck Accident in New York?

The New York statute of limitations in personal injury claims is three years from the date of the injury. If you do not file your lawsuit before the deadline expires, you will not be entitled to any compensation from the at-fault party. Wrongful death claims have a shorter statute of limitations of just two years.

Contact a Brooklyn Truck Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation

When you are left with serious injuries from a truck accident in Brooklyn, you deserve a legal advocate who will fight for you. The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC will fight for maximum compensation while you focus on recovering and moving forward with your life.

Call our law firm today to set up a complimentary consultation with a Brooklyn truck accident lawyer who will fight tirelessly for your rights.

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New York City Office 

450 7th Ave Suite 409
New York, NY 10123

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26 Court St., Suite 2511
Brooklyn, New York 11242

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