Help for Serious Trucking Crashes in NYC

When it comes to motor vehicle accidents, few are as horrifying as underrides. An underride accident occurs when a car or motorcycle slides partially or completely beneath the trailer attached to a semi-tuck during a collision. These accidents are devastating, often fatal. Safety features like airbags are completely ineffective in underrides due to the trailers shearing off the tops of passenger vehicles.

Underride accidents frequently result in catastrophic injuries, head and spine trauma, and wrongful deaths. Because of the size and weight of big rigs, it's uncommon for victims to walk away unharmed. The experienced NYC underride accident lawyers at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP, have helped many injured clients and their families get just compensation for their losses. Call our team at (212) 986-7353 to find out how we can help you.

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Underride Causes

Underrides occur from one of three directions: from the back, the side, or the front of the semi-truck. Nearly half of fatal underride accidents occur when the passenger vehicle travels under the rear corner of the truck. These accidents typically happen because the truck makes a sudden stop or merge, and the driver behind can’t slow down quickly enough. Other factors for underride accidents include:

  • The truck lacked a rear bumper or protective guard (this is illegal in the entire U.S.).
  • The underride guards were poorly designed or ineffective.
  • The trailer lacked proper lights or reflective tape and was difficult to see.
  • The truck driver failed to use warning cones when pulled over on the shoulder of a road.

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Required Safety Measures to Prevent Underrides

Federal law requires trucks to have rear underride guards. This has been a key regulation to prevent underrides as a result of rear-end collisions. However, not all rear guards are effective in preventing underrides.

Many trucks utilize older rear guards, which may be rusted or damaged. To get their rear guards approved, trucking companies must merely show that the guards can withstand a stationary pressure test. These tests do not do enough to show whether a guard can withstand the force of a motor vehicle hitting it full-on. There are many times when a rear guard fails in a crash at even moderate speeds.

Though rear guards can be helpful in preventing underrides at the rear of a semi-truck, there is no law mandating side guards to prevent underrides from taking place on the sides of a trailer. Though some trucking companies voluntarily put guards on the sides of their trailers, many do not. This can lead to a deadly accident if a motor vehicle ends up striking the side of a trailer.

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Injuries Associated With Underride Accidents

The lifted nature of semi-trailers makes them a deadly hazard for any driver who happens to strike them. Victims of underride accidents are at risk of suffering horrific trauma, including:

In a serious underride crash, victims are lucky to come away with their lives. The harm caused by underrides is emotional, costly, and can be lifelong. Most injured victims will need long-term medical treatment, physical therapy, and assistive devices, placing an unwanted economic burden on the victim and loved ones. In catastrophic injury cases like these, it can be difficult to foresee the long-term medical and financial consequences.

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Call Our Top New York Truck Accident Lawyers

Even though these accidents can destroy a family’s emotional and financial well-being, big insurance providers often dispute these claims on behalf of their powerful trucking company clients. If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident in New York, it is important to take immediate steps to protect your rights.

The experienced legal team at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP, is here to help you get justice. We have recovered millions of dollars for truck accident victims and their families. Let us fight the trucking and insurance companies to get you the compensation you deserve. Call us at (212) 986-7353 to schedule a free consultation.

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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.

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$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.

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$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.

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$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.

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$1.8 Million - Two Clients Struck by Garbage Truck

WRSMH 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.

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$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.

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$1.5 Million - Bronx Woman Injured in Truck Collision

WRSMH 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.

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$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

$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.

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$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.

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$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.

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$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, Moses & Halperin, LLP 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.

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