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Truck driving is one of the hardest, most physically taxing jobs in our country. Truckers drive through 70-hour workweeks, often through the night to reach all their destinations on time. We can thank truckers for food in our grocery stores, clothes in our department stores, and virtually everything in between.

Though most truck drivers are hard-working professionals, this is not always the case. Unfortunately, the job does not come without risk, and when truck drivers act negligently, they can cause serious damage. If you have been injured in a truck accident, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help cover the cost of your medical bills, lost wages, and more. If you are in this situation, here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the most common types of truck accidents?

Truck accidents can be caused by any number of factors, which is why there are so many ways in which a truck can crash. The most common types of truck accidents are as follows:

  • Jackknife accidents: These will occur when a truck’s trailer is swinging independently of the cab, with both sections of the tractor-trailer moving in different directions.
  • Rollover crashes: One of the most common types of truck accidents, these usually occur when a truck rounds a corner too quickly, causing the center of gravity to shift the wrong way.
  • Rear-end accidents: Truckers are responsible for applying the brakes at the right time. Doing so in a truck is very different than in a standard automobile, which is why all truck drivers must allot a sufficient amount of time and space to brake safely and properly.
  • Truck driver DUI accidents: Everybody knows it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, though unfortunately, people still do it. Truckers, just like everyone else, drastically increase their risk of having an accident if they drive under the influence.

How do I recover financial compensation after being involved in a truck accident?

To recover financial compensation, you must first prove that you were injured due to a negligent truck driver. For example, if you were hit head-on by a truck traveling on the wrong side of the road, you should recover financial compensation. To prove your claim, your attorney will use security camera footage of your accident, police reports, medical documents, and more.

Contact our experienced New York City firm

If you have been injured in a New York City accident, Swerling Law is here to help. Our firm understands the challenges that many people face after being hurt in an accident and is prepared to help you receive significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today. 

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