Common Questions after a Truck Accident

Have you ever seen an 18-wheeler, semi-truck, tractor-trailer, or big rig crash into car? Have you ever wondered what would happen if that car was yours and you were driving? The tragedy of such a situation can be mitigated with knowledge about what to do.  At NYC truck accident lawyer Wittenstein & Wittenstein we can put your mind at ease and take care of all the details for you, so you can concentrate on getting better.

Truck accidents can cause catastrophic injuries, and long-term disability.  Victims need an attorney with the experience to properly handle these more complicated claims.  There are often multiple defendants, such as drivers, trucking companies, municipalities (for defects on the road) and manufacturers (for design defects in the truck.)  When catastrophic injuries occur, an experienced Brooklyn traffic accident attorney will leave no stone unturned to get the highest amount of compensation from all possible sources.


  1. Document Everything
    1. Take photos of the vehicles and your injuries
    2. Take videos of the vehicles and your injuries
    3. Interview witnesses (try to do it with video.)
    4. Get the information from all drivers and owners
      1. License Plate
      2. Driver’s License
      3. Names, addresses, phone numbers and emails for all involved
    5. Note any defects in the appearance of the 18-wheeler, semi-truck, tractor-trailor or big rig involved in the accident
    6. Note the appearance of the driver – does he seems to be under the influence or sleepy?


Securing all this information is a very important first step for an 18-wheeler accident, as it will allow your NYC truck accident lawyer to make every possible claim, including claims for negligent hiring and failure to maintain the truck in the proper way.  The more evidence there is, there more avenues an experienced Brooklyn traffic accident attorney has to get you the highest amount of compensation.


Cars are an important investment and an essential way to get around, but never consider your car damage problem before you consider your health.  If your injuries are serious, you MUST risk leaving your car in the hands of the police to tow to a shop, while you go to the hospital.  Never value your property more than your health.  If you have full-coverage for your vehicle, your insurance company will handle repairs.  If you do not have full-coverage, you can make a claim for property damage against the truck.  If the facts of the accidents are very clear, such as if you were sitting at a light and hit in the rear by the truck, you might be able to collect the money quickly for the truck’s insurance company, and not have to pay the deductible.  It’s always best to ask an experienced Brooklyn traffic accident attorney before calling an insurance company yourself.


  • Failure to Yield Right of Way
  • Traffic Infractions
  • DUI
  • Inadequate rest periods for driver
  • Defects in Roadway
  • Using electronic devices while driving
  • Following too closely
  • Not slowing down due to weather conditions
  • Other human error


Just like you want to hire the best doctor, barber or real estate agent, having the best attorney in town will set your mind at ease.  A reputable law firm will be honest and protect your interests.  Also, do to their fine reputation with insurance companies and other attorneys, your case will be taken more seriously.  Contact Wittenstein & Wittenstein when  looking for the most experienced and reliable traffic attorneys in New York City.  With over 60 years of experience, they can handle any problem that comes up on a case with ease. So, what are you waiting for? Call 718-261-8114 for a free consultation.


2019-02-12T19:16:26+00:00By |0 Comments

About the Author:

Alyce Wittenstein is a world class attorney, blogger and filmmaker. She began working at the firm in 1985 as a managing paralegal, learning all the practices and procedures of the firm from Mr. Wittenstein and the staff. From 1995-1998, she attended CUNY Law School where she made a mark as a teaching assistant for Civil Rights leader Haywood Burns. She founded a Human Rights Delegation to Haiti and studied Constitutional Law with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Working at the Equal Opportunity Employment Commision (EEOC), she learned a great deal about Employment Discrimination matters. She brought her knowledge of the Personal Injury practice and her passion for Civil Rights to the firm when she was admitted to the Bar in 1999. In 2000, she became a partner and the firm name was changed to Wittenstein & Wittenstein, Esqs. PC.

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