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New York Truck and Trucking Accidents

If you were injured in a New York City truck accident that was someone else's fault, you may be entitled to compensation to pay for:

  • Past, present, and future medical bills for treatment related to your New York City truck-accident injuries
  • The repair or replacement of your motor vehicle and any property that was damaged or destroyed in the New York City truck accident accident
  • Lost wages for time off from work (including time spent going to doctor's appointments and physical therapy)
  • The cost of hiring someone to do household chores that you're unable to do because of your injury
  • Permanent disability and disfigurement from the New York City truck crash
  • Emotional distress from the New York City truck accident
  • Any other costs you've incurred because of the accident

If anyone was killed in the car crash or if either driver was intoxicated, the State of New York will prosecute the driver at fault and/or the intoxicated driver.

In the case of other truck accidents, you may ultimately have to file a truck accident personal injury lawsuit in New York courts against the party at fault to recover money to pay for your injury-related expenses. Your New York City trucking accident attorney can advise you on your specific legal options.

How Is Fault Determined in New York City Truck Accident Cases?

To collect money stemming from New York City truck crash injury claim, New York state law requires you to prove that the other driver was negligent. You must show:

  • The driver who caused your injuries had a responsibility not to injure you and failed to live up to that duty
  • There is a connection between the other driver's responsibility and your injury
  • You suffered damages, or a financial loss, as a result of the accident

New York state law will reduce the total amount you can recover if it's found that your carelessness contributed to your truck accident injuries.

How Long Do You Have to File a Truck Crash Injury Claim in New York?

New York state law gives you three years from the date of your New York truck accident to file a claim against the driver responsible for the crash. (This time limit is known as the statute of limitations.) If you and your New York City truck accident lawyer are unable to negotiate a settlement with the other driver (or the driver's insurance company), you should consider filing a lawsuit before the statute of limitations runs out.

Where Should You File Your New York City Truck Accident Lawsuit?

For New York City truck crash injury claims worth more than $25,000, you would file your lawsuit in the appropriate Supreme Court. Claims involving truck accident injuries in New York City and elsewhere in New York County would be heard in the Civil Branch of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County.

If your New York trucking accident claim is for less than $25,000, you would file your personal injury lawsuit in the New York civil court that has jurisdiction. For trucking crash claims in New York City, Roosevelt Island, Randall's Island, Ward's Island, and elsewhere in New York County, the New York City Civil Court would have jurisdiction.

Your New York City trucking accident lawyer can tell you which specific court is the appropriate court to resolve your dispute.

Additional New York Truck Accident Resources

The New York Department of Motor Vehicles

To obtain a copy of the crash report from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles

New York state commercial driver license requirements