Did you know that in the State of New York, a driver who possesses a valid Class D license is permitted to operate a box truck as long as it does not have a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) that exceeds 26,000 pounds [Source: New York Department of Motor Vehicles]? What this means is that anyone who is has obtained the proper licensure to operate a passenger vehicle, SUV, or small truck also has the ability to drive a box truck so as long as it does not weigh more than the GVWR listed above. Drivers with a Class D license are not required to undergo any type of specific training before getting behind the wheel of a box truck which means there is a good chance that many of these drivers are inexperienced.
As you know, a driver that lacks experience with operating any type of vehicle, especially a box truck that is more difficult to maneuver, is more likely to engage in an accident with another driver, motorcyclist, bicyclist, or pedestrian. The fact is, box trucks aren’t as easy to operate as passenger vehicles as these large trucks have many blind spots. In addition to that, there is always the risk of them tipping over when they aren’t being driven properly.
If you were involved in an accident with a box truck driver in Brooklyn, NY and you suspect it was the driver’s negligence or inexperience that played a role in causing it to occur, you may be able to sue the driver and/or their employer for damages.
How do I know if I have a case against a box truck driver and how much am I entitled to collect if I do?
There are a few things you can do that will help you to determine whether you have a viable case. The first and most important thing you need to do it hire a Brooklyn, NY truck accident attorney. The lawyers at Buckheit & Whelan, P.C. are some of the most experienced truck accident lawyers that provide their legal services to truck accident victims living in the New York Metropolitan area, including Brooklyn who can assess your accident and determine if you have the grounds to sue. In some cases, you might be able to sue both the driver and their employer while in other instances, you may only have a case against the operator of the truck.
Now, before a case can be initiated, an attorney needs to determine who was at fault and what factors played a role in the truck collision. In order to this, an investigation must be conducted. In the event it was the driver’s negligence or careless behavior that caused the crash, then you stand a better chance at recovering damages for your injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, and more. Once your attorney confirms that you have a case worth pursuing, they can then assess your damages and place a value on them.
If you are ready to learn more about filing a personal injury lawsuit in Brooklyn or would like to have an attorney provide you with an estimate for what your case might be worth, contact Buckheit & Whelan, P.C. to speak with a truck accident lawyer in Brooklyn, NY today.
Buckheit & Whelan, P.C. is located at:
49 North Airmont Road, Suite 100
Suffern, New York 10901