Serious truck accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, but they are always frightening and destructive. When collisions occur because a company chose not to make inspections or repairs to the truck, the devastation caused by their greed is terrible.
Holding companies accountable for their actions is incredibly important. It is the only way to ensure businesses will learn to put the well-being and safety of others ahead of their profits - because a lawsuit is ultimately more costly than performing proper maintenance.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a tractor-trailer, then you need an aggressive attorney to represent you and fight for your rights. Call Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP, at (212) 986-7353 and we can discuss your legal options.
Although the term “failure to maintain” can have several meanings, when it comes to commercial trucks it refers to a failure to perform proper maintenance on the vehicle. This includes regular and routine inspections, which need to be performed on a set schedule and after a vehicle has traveled a certain number of miles. Proper maintenance also includes actually performing repairs as needed and replacing parts when they wear down or break. Also, commercial businesses with vehicles need to make sure their trucks are inspected by people who are properly trained and certified to perform such tasks.
The biggest reason a company might fail to maintain its vehicles is greed. Hiring and keeping maintenance people on staff costs money – the time a vehicle is off the road for inspections or maintenance is time it’s not making money – and the parts needed to make repairs or replacements can be expensive. But this is no excuse.
Since a failure to maintain is often driven by a desire to maximize profits, the best way to ensure companies do not give in to that temptation is to hold them accountable. Businesses are driven by a desire to make money – that’s only natural. However, they should not place the desire for profits over the well-being of other people.
Since we cannot rely on businesses to do what is best simply because it is right, money can be used to motivate them to take proper action. A civil lawsuit will cost a trucking company a lot of money: legal fees, bad press, and settlements or awarded payments all cut into the business’s profits.
By winning a lawsuit or forcing a truck company to offer you a settlement, you show them that it is more profitable to perform maintenance and repairs than to skip them. Other businesses can also learn from this example and choose to enforce necessary inspections and repairs that keep others safe and prevent lawsuits of their own. Yes, personal injury claims are about receiving compensation, but they really do make a difference in the culture of safety.
Do not accept an insurance payout or any offer from a business that harmed you without an attorney to represent you. You can easily sign away your rights to compensation if no one is there to fight for you. Call Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP, at (212) 986-7353 to discuss your situation with a top NYC truck accident lawyer.
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