Millions Recovered For Our Clients Hit by Commercial Vehicles in the Capitol Region
Accidents involving large commercial trucks typically involve incredibly complex and unique circumstances when compared to normal automobile accidents. Our team of lawyers and industry experts have decades of experience investigating these complex claims on behalf of our clients. We possess the resources and experience necessary to defeat the large companies who employ truck drivers who recklessly cause injuries on our highways. Hiring a firm without those resources and experience can be devastating to your interests. Call us to hear about our experience and results, and put our team to work for you and your family.
Commercial truck drivers are often pressured by their employers to drive too many hours, and too far. They often drive too fast, or while tired, or while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. We’ve all seen or heard of highway accidents caused by truck drivers who were overly aggressive, not paying attention, or driving a truck which was not properly maintained. Even a truck driver’s simple inattention can cause devastating injuries to other motorists.
Following a collision, trucking companies and their insurance companies will immediately begin to investigate the scene, vehicles and drivers. Their goal is simple: reduce exposure and limit their own liability. At Porter Nordby Howe LLP, we have extensive experience mounting our own investigation to defeat insurance companies that try to avoid responsibility. We know that in order to protect our clients, it’s critical for us to begin our own investigation as soon as possible after a collision, or the trucking company will gain an unfair advantage. Vehicles can be quickly repaired, evidence can be “lost” or destroyed, and witnesses’ memories can fade. We take immediate action to aggressively protect our clients’ rights by launching our own investigation with the best experts and investigators available. Doing so puts you on equal footing with these large commercial defendants, and greatly increases your odds of success.
When you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, the stakes can be extremely high. Special laws exist which govern the conduct of operators of commercial trucks, as well as the large companies that employ them. At Porter Nordby Howe LLP, we are knowledgeable and experienced in this field, and we have a proven track record of holding commercial carriers responsible when their negligent acts cause injuries to our clients. We face large corporate defendants head on, and we will take all available steps to maximize your recovery.
Smaller vehicles simply don’t fare well when they’re involved in accidents with larger trucks. The laws of physics dictate that, more often than not, the larger vehicle will cause far more damage to the smaller vehicle. This means passengers in smaller vehicles are often seriously injured even when a truck a suffers only minor damage. Although modern vehicles are designed to better withstand the forces of collisions, frequently passengers suffer significant injuries that require surgery, prolonged hospitalization and extensive medical treatment. When innocent people are involved in accidents, they must take the necessary steps to protect themselves. That’s why the legal team at Porter Nordby Howe LLP aggressively seeks compensation for innocent truck accident victims in Albany.
What can accident victims do to protect their interests after an accident with a commercial truck?
First, anyone involved in an accident needs to obtain medical care immediately. Determining the extent of any injuries and developing a treatment plan with the help of medical professionals is always the priority. Any motor vehicle accident victim should visit a medical professional as soon as possible after an accident. The doctors in emergency rooms or a private practice are experienced in triage and will carefully examine the injuries to determine if there are any conditions that require immediate attention. Not only will receiving immediate medical care help to resolve obvious injuries, but it will allow the accident victim to establish a record of getting prompt attention.
Not all injuries manifest themselves immediately. Visiting a doctor at the onset of any symptoms is crucial and documentation is critical. Our truck accident lawyers in Albany will need to have records of all medical treatment when we approach the trucking company to demand damages. We strongly encourage our clients to follow up fully with any treatment protocols recommended by the attending physicians. If treatments or therapy are recommended, it’s always good to comply.
It can’t be said enough that because investigators from a motor carrier’s insurer will be investigating the accident immediately, the other drivers and passengers involved should be aware of their rights as soon as possible, and certainly during the time the trucking companies are conducting their investigations. It is for these reasons that it’s so important to hire an attorney as soon as possible after being involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle. At Porter Nordby Howe, LLP, we’re here to make sure a commercial carrier’s insurer does not gain an unfair advantage over you.
How will today’s actions impact a victim’s future?
A trucking company and its insurance carrier will use every tool they have in order to use the law to their best advantage, and minimize the amount of any settlement or verdict they ultimately have to pay. This means that every action taken close in time to an accident can absolutely have a profound impact on what happens in the future. Even the entitlement to damages for permanent injuries are at risk if a victim makes mistakes early on in the process. We strongly advise truck accident victims to contact Porter Nordby Howe LLP for help as soon as possible following any truck-related accident in Albany.
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