A truck accident in New York left multiple pedestrians with non-life-threatening injuries and 42nd Street covered in a mess of debris earlier this month. Witnesses to the crash say that a truck hauling a trailer loaded with three driverless vehicles lost control along a stretch of 42nd Street and smashed into a scaffolding, sending pipes, planks, and other debris raining down onto the sidewalk and street. One person walking along the sidewalk suffered minor injuries and was transported to Bellevue Hospital. Another was injured as well but refused treatment at the scene.
The Department of Buildings rushed to the accident scene to assess the structural stability of the remaining scaffolding in order to prevent additional injuries. There is no word on whether the driver of the truck will face criminal charges. This will have no bearing on the victims’ rights to bring a civil action.
The pedestrian victims in this New York City truck accident can seek financial compensation from the owner and driver of the at fault vehicle. Aside from seeking a recovery against the owner and driver of the vehicle for pain and suffering for the injuries sustained in this accident along with any lost income for being out of work, the pedestrian victims will be able to apply for no-fault benefits from the insurance company for the truck which will cover hospital, medical and health related expenses. In addition, the insurance will pay up to $2,000 a month for the each victim’s lost earnings.
It is wise for an accident victim to seek out an attorney who is experienced and skilled in proving liability and damages (pain and suffering) and negotiating a fair and adequate settlement involving commercial truck accidents. Navigating the settlement process and proving a successful case can be complex and an inexperienced lay person or attorney in these matters will be at a distinct disadvantage.
If you’ve been injured by a careless commercial driver, contact an experienced truck accident lawyer in New York City today. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 for your free consultation.