Truck Accident Attorney in Buffalo, NY
Our truck accident lawyers help victims of tractor-trailer wrecks in New York State
Truck accidents can be devastating. Eighteen-wheelers, big-rigs and other trucks are massive vehicles. When they crash, jackknife, roll over or lose a wheel, everyone on the road is in danger. For this reason, trucking companies and truck drivers are held to high standards and must follow a wide variety of safety regulations. The attorneys at Pusatier Sherman Abbott & Sugarman, LLP work diligently to get you a fair settlement or a judgment in court.
Interstate trucking rules and regulations can benefit your case
Every aspect of the trucking industry is heavily regulated for your safety in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). Drivers may only work a limited number of hours without a break and must keep all of their hours in a log. Safety checks must be performed constantly and trucking companies must be diligent about maintenance. Trucks must be loaded in certain ways and only up to legally allowed weights. Some of the problems that typically cause accidents include:
- Driver fatigue
- Maintenance problems
- Poor training
- Improper loading
- Falsified driving logs
Proof of any mistake or violation by a driver, trucking company or other party is strong evidence that can help you recover if you have been hurt in a truck crash or a wheel-off (wheel separation) accident. Our truck accident attorneys are dedicated to getting compensation for tractor-trailer injury victims and justice for families who have lost a loved one.
Drivers, trucking companies, manufacturers and others can be held responsible
In order to determine who is responsible for an accident, our truck accident lawyers will typically have an accident reconstruction expert determine exactly what went wrong. An accident may be the fault of the driver if he was intoxicated, was speeding or made a mistake. It could be the fault of a trucking company if they made the driver work long hours, didn’t properly screen or train their drivers, or failed to maintain the truck properly. Anyone who loaded a truck can be liable for accidents caused by unsecured loads or shifting cargo. A truck or part manufacturer can be held liable for a defective part that causes injury. In some cases, a town or government may even be responsible because of poor signs or signals.
In New York State, adult truck wreck victims have three years from the time of the accident to file a lawsuit. Unfortunately, the law places a shorter time limit of two years on families who wish to file a suit for a wrongful death in a tractor trailer accident. Our truck accident laywer can help you file a lawsuit in a timely and efficient manner.
Buffalo Victims Should Contact A Truck Accident Attorney Immediately
It is in your best interest to contact an attorney as soon as possible so that evidence can be collected and preserved. Work with the trucking injury lawyers at the firm of Pusatier Sherman Abbot & Sugarman, LLP in Buffalo, NY for skilled representation after your wreck. Set up a free consultation by calling 716-873-6765 or contacting us online.
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Tuesday, November 8th, 2016
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Wednesday, September 7th, 2016
Pusatier, Sherman, Abbott & Sugarman, LLP partner Richard Abbott, Esq. and associate Audrey Rose Herman, Esq. volunteered for the recent Elmwood Village Festival of the Arts, a local non-for-profit.
Steven Sugarman Coaches University at Buffalo Law School Students To Great Success in International Competition
Wednesday, September 7th, 2016
The University at Buffalo School of Law’s CJ Cook and Joe Lavoie took second place at the Consensual Dispute Resolution Competition in Vienna, Austria. They were coached by professor and professional mediator Steven R. Sugarman, Esq. They credit their success to their ADR classes at UB, their training with Professor Sugarman, and the intensive workshop at the competition.