Hudson Valley Truck Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, our team of experienced truck accident attorneys is ready to assist you. At Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP, we have represented hundreds of clients involved in truck accidents. With convenient locations in both Kingston, New York and Marlboro, New York, our firm routinely represents clients throughout Dutchess County.
Commercial Truck Accidents
Trucks that may be involved in accidents include both standard passenger trucks as well as commercial trucks. Truck accidents involving larger commercial trucks, such as semi-trucks, can lead to serious injuries because of the sheer size and weight of the truck. Although there can be many causes for truck accidents, often truck drivers cause accidents when they fall asleep at the wheel or are under the influence of substances (commonly, methamphetamines or other drugs to stay awake). Truck drivers can also cause accidents when they make wide turns, drive too fast for conditions (i.e. snow or inclement weather), or carry too heavy a load. In any event, truck drivers are operating heavy trucks that—when colliding with a much smaller passenger vehicle—can cause serious injuries.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a commercial truck, you may be able to seek recovery against the employer/company of the driver. For example, if the truck driver was under the influence of methamphetamines at the time of the accident and the employer knowingly hired the driver with a history of drug problems, the employer could be held liable. If the employer failed to properly train the truck driver or supervise him, they could also be held liable. In certain situations, the employer may be held liable even if they did nothing wrong, known as vicarious liability. Under the theory of vicarious liability, an employer is responsible for the acts of its employee who committed torts (harm) while working in the scope of their employment.
Damages in Truck Accidents
Like other automobile accidents, you can recover damages for the medical expenses related to your injuries as well as lost income. Truck accident cases, like other personal injury lawsuits, require the use of medical experts, experts in accident reconstruction, consultants, and other experts to ensure that you receive the best and fairest settlement to compensate you for your injuries. Our experienced staff has the resources and the knowledge to help you prevail on your case.
Free Attorney Consultation for Truck Accidents
At Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP, we are committed to fighting for you and getting you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case. We are available both nights and weekends, including home and hospital visits, to speak with you about your truck accident case.