Large Trucks & Sideswipe Accidents

A sideswipe accident involving another vehicle can have potentially tragic consequences, especially when the other vehicle is a big rig or a tractor-trailer. Sideswipe accidents can happen any time a truck driver makes a dangerous lane change, fails to check blind spots, or lets their vehicle drift into other lanes of traffic. These mistakes can prove costly for truck drivers and dangerous or even fatal for others on the roadway.

Truck accidents often result in major injuries. Because of the size and weight of big rigs, it's common for riders of passenger vehicles to suffer catastrophic or even fatal injuries. The experienced NYC truck accident lawyers at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP have helped many injured clients and families get just compensation for their losses. Call us at (212) 986-7353 to find out how we can help you.

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Devastating Injuries in Sideswipe Truck Collisions

Regardless of what causes the crash, the accident may result in the victim's vehicle getting crushed by the trailer or veering off the road. Such sideswipe accidents also result in devastating rollover accidents. What started as a minor bump on the side of the vehicle can turn into a serious crash with devastating consequences for the smaller vehicle's occupants. Victims of sideswipe truck accidents could potentially suffer bone fractures, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and internal organ damage.

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Common Causes of Sideswipe Truck Accidents

Here are a few circumstances that can lead to a sideswipe truck accident:

  • The truck driver fails to check mirrors or use the signal before changing lanes.
  • The truck driver overreacts to a dangerous condition resulting in a crash on the other side of their vehicle.
  • Distracted driver lets their vehicle drift across traffic lanes.
  • Drowsy truck driver who violates federal hours-of-service regulations dozes off at the wheel causing a crash.
  • Speeding truck driver loses control.

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Protecting Your Rights in New York

These types of injuries can prove as costly financially in addition to causing significant emotional trauma for victims and their families. Unfortunately, insurance providers often dispute injury claims when the cause of the crash is a sideswipe collision. It is crucial to take the steps necessary to protect your rights. If you have been injured in a sideswipe truck accident, make sure you remain at the site of the crash and call the police.

Write down everything you can about the truck driver, the truck, and the trucking company. Also, gather contact information from anyone else who may have witnessed the crash. It can help to have photos of the truck and the damage to your vehicle. Get medical attention for your injuries immediately. Contact a skilled New York trucking accident attorney who will help you get the support you need to recover and get your life back to normalcy. With legal guidance, compensation may be available for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, the cost of rehabilitation, and other related damages.

Call Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP at (212) 986-7353 to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation.

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Our Truck Accident Case Results

$3.5 Million - Young Woman Run Over By Garbage Truck

Bryce Moses represented a young woman who was run over by a garbage truck in Brooklyn that shattered her ankle in three places.

Bryce Moses

$3.3 Million - NY Truck Accident Case

The plaintiff asserted that the injuries suffered in the collision with the truck will permanently prevent her from working.

Kenneth Halperin, Philip Russotti

$3 Million - New York Truck Accident

Joseph Stoduto and Cliff Shapiro were able to settle a truck accident case for the amount of $3,000,000 on behalf of a 45 year old delivery man from Queens.

Clifford Shapiro, Joseph Stoduto

$2 Million - Flatbed Tractor Trailer Backed Into Minibus

Cliff Shapiro obtained a recovery for a 32-year-old male who was in the course of his employment with Access-A-Ride when his vehicle was struck by a flatbed tractor trailer.

Clifford Shapiro

$1.8 Million - Two Clients Struck by Garbage Truck

WRSH attorneys obtained a $1,800,000 settlement a year before trial for two plaintiffs who were injured after they were struck by a garbage truck.

Clifford Shapiro, Noah Katz

$1.5 Million - New York City Department of Sanitation Truck Accident

This motor vehicle accident involved a 43 year old woman who was rear-ended by a New York City Department of Sanitation truck.

Michael Fitzpatrick, Clifford Shapiro

$1.5 Million - Back Seat Passenger Underwent Lumbar Fusion

The plaintiff, a 29 year old male, was injured when he was a back seat passenger of a car that was sideswiped by a commercial truck which caused the car to be pushed off of the road into a tree.

Michael Fitzpatrick, Nicole Gill

$1.5 Million - Bronx Woman Injured in Truck Collision

WRSH attorneys Clifford Shapiro, Robert Bellinson and Joseph Stoduto were able to obtain a settlement in the amount of $1,500,000 on behalf of a fifty-one year old librarian from Bronx County.

Clifford Shapiro, Robert Bellinson,Joseph Stoduto

$1.35 Million - Rear-End Truck Accident Causing Injuries

Plaintiff sustained injuries to his knee and spine after his vehicle was rear-ended by a truck.

Ryan Lawlor

$1.3 Million - Crash with Fire Department Truck

Philip Russotti and Brielle C. Goldfaden obtained a $1.3 million settlement after jury selection on a trial against the City of New York, the New York City Fire Department and an FDNY employee.

Philip Russotti, Brielle Goldfaden,William Hepner

$1.3 Million - Parked Car Sideswiped by Commercial Truck

Our client in this case was a 37-year old man who was injured when his parked school bus was sideswiped by the defendants' commercial truck.

Nicole Gill, Kenneth Halperin

$1.150 Million - Garbage Truck Accident Case

Joseph Stoduto and Bryce Moses were able to obtain a settlement in the amount of $1,150,000 on behalf of our client, a 35-year-old man from Kings County.

Joseph Stoduto, Bryce Moses

$800,000 - Garbage Truck Accident

Our client was a 60 year old man who was stopped at a red light when defendant, who was driving a mack truck while performing garbage collection in Brooklyn, struck him in the rear.

Robert Bellinson

$750,000 - Client Rear Ended by an Electrical Contractor Truck

Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin attorney settled the case of our client being rear ended by an electrical contractor truck on the Van Wyck expressway.

Kenneth Halperin

$750,000 - Truck Lost Control Causing Serious Collision

Joseph Stoduto was able to obtain a settlement in the amount of $750,000 on behalf of our client, a forty year old man from Queens County.

Joseph Stoduto

$205,000 - Truck Veered Into Lane Causing Serious Collision

Joseph Stoduto was able to obtain a settlement in the amount of $205,000 on behalf of our client, a thirty year old man from Kings County, NY.

Joseph Stoduto

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