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New York Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawyer

Commercial vehicle collisions almost always cause serious injury to those in passenger vehicles due to the size difference between the two. If you were injured in a collision with a commercial vehicle, the company can be held accountable for your medical bills, property damage, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. As with any personal injury claim, the other party is sure to put up a fight when it comes to admitting liability and paying compensation. As such, it is necessary for victims of commercial vehicle accidents to work with attorneys who have experience handling such claims. The New York commercial vehicle accident lawyers at Cohan Law Firm have taken on the largest corporations and insurance carriers and won, and can do the same for you.

Examples of Commercial Vehicles

A commercial vehicle is any vehicle that is owned by a company and requires the driver to have a commercial vehicle license. Usually, commercial vehicles are large, heavy, and more difficult to operate than passenger vehicles. Examples of commercial vehicles include:

  • Semi trucks
  • Box trucks
  • Pickup trucks
  • Buses
  • Step vans
  • Cargo vans
  • Passenger vans
  • Farming equipment
  • Heavy machinery

Causes of Commercial Vehicle Accidents

Driver error is the most likely cause of the commercial vehicle that you were involved in. Distracted driving, intoxicated driving, operator inexperience, aggressive driving, speeding, and drowsy driving or falling asleep at the wheel are all common driver error scenarios in commercial vehicles. However, equipment malfunction or improper maintenance is more common in commercial vehicle collisions than it is in passenger vehicle crashes. Examples include defective steering, defective tires, and improper maintenance of brakes. Overloading the truck or improperly loading commercial vehicles is also a potential cause of the crash. Regardless, the trucking company or other company that is responsible for operating the vehicle will be held liable.

Injuries in a New York Commercial Vehicle Accident

If you were an occupant in a passenger vehicle, the commercial vehicle that hit you was likely quite a bit bigger than your own. A box truck can weigh up to 10,000 pounds, while a semi-truck can weigh up to eight times that much (80,000 pounds). To put this in reference, a typical car weighs around 3,00 pounds. The vast size difference can lead to traumatic injuries, including the following:

  • Fractured vertebrae
  • Whiplash
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Concussion
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Lacerations and contusions
  • Facial lacerations
  • Permanent facial scarring and disfigurement
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Fractured leg
  • Fractured arm
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Burn injuries

Call a New York Municipal Vehicles Accident Attorney Today

One of the only positive aspects of being involved in a wreck with a commercial vehicle is the large insurance policy that the company likely has in order to protect its assets. In passenger vehicle collisions, the minimum bodily injury policy is quite small, whereas commercial vehicles carry large policies, meaning you are more likely to be fully compensated for your damages. Call the New York commercial vehicles accident lawyers at Cohan Law Firm today at 855-855-0321 for a complimentary consultation.

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