NYC Truck Accident Attorneys: Wrongful Death
NYC Wrongful Death Attorneys Helping Family Members Receive Compensation
Each year, over 4,000 large trucks are involved in fatal accidents, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). In the most recent year for which information is available (2017), 4,657 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes, which represented a 10% increase from the year before. Although the number fluctuates from year to year, thousands of people die in collisions with large tractor-trailers, garbage trucks, and other trucks.
How Truck Accidents Differ from Car Accidents
If a loved one died in a truck accident, you probably have many questions. It is best to meet with an NYC wrongful death attorney for answers. Wrongful death lawsuits allow family members to receive compensation for certain economic and non-economic losses after a loved one has been killed.
Our clients benefit from having world-class lawyers in their corner. One way that truck accidents are different from car accidents involves the aggressiveness of the defense. Trucking companies are very powerful and put considerable muscle behind not having to pay compensation when one of their drivers ends up killing someone. These companies have large insurers backing them up with boatloads of lawyers at their disposal.
After a fatal crash, the trucking company might send an investigator to the scene of the crime to begin collecting evidence for their defense. If your loved one died, you might spend the days and weeks following grieving. Unfortunately, this is a critical time where you need someone who can collect evidence for you.
Don't handle your truck accident wrongful death lawsuit alone. Instead, contact an NYC wrongful death attorney who can begin working on your case right away.
Truck Company Liability & Independent Contractors
Many truck drivers are no longer employees of trucking companies. Instead, they work as independent contractors. Under long-standing laws, employers are typically not responsible for the injuries caused by independent contractors, though they would be liable for those caused by employees.
Some trucking companies might try to slide out from under responsibility for your loved one’s death by claiming the driver was an independent contractor. You need an attorney who understands the legal landscape and can argue that the company should remain on the legal hook for compensation to family members.
The fact that a truck company classifies a worker as an independent contractor is not the final word on the matter. Your attorney can point to different facts that show an employer-employee relationship. Also, some truck companies, regardless of the status of the driver, were independently negligent, and their negligence could have caused your loved one’s wrongful death. For example, a truck company that performs no background checks on independent contractors has been negligent.
Call Us Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with an NYC Wrongful Death Attorney
The lawyers at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman are some of the most experienced in the city, and we can fight for justifiable compensation after the death of a loved one. Schedule your free case evaluation with a member of our team by calling 212-285-3300 or submitting this contact form.