Buffalo Delivery Truck Accident Lawyer
For as long as we can remember, delivery trucks have traveled the roads in and around Buffalo, New York. From business-to-business commerce vehicles (like those that stock grocery and other big-box stores) to online shopping shippers (like Amazon and UPS), on Buffalo and suburban streets today we see more delivery trucks than ever before.
It’s not surprising that the greater the number of delivery trucks there are on the roads, the more accidents there are.
Collisions involving delivery trucks happen regularly and, unfortunately, they may result in considerable, costly damage and severe injury.
This makes sense when one considers the size and weight of delivery trucks in relation to passenger vehicles. While the phrase “accidents happen” is common, in cases like this negligence is often the cause.
If you or a loved one is dealing with the aftermath of an accident with a delivery truck, such as Amazon, UPS or other box trucks or delivery vans, you may be facing life-altering issues. At Feroleto Law, our delivery truck accident lawyers in Buffalo can help. We are well-versed in New York state personal injury law and know exactly what to do to guide you through this difficult time.
Call us today at 716-854-0700 to schedule a free consultation.
Why Choose Feroleto’s Delivery Truck Accident Lawyer?
We Are Best Positioned to Serve You
If you are the victim of a delivery truck accident, you have a lot on your plate. Simply managing your recovery can be a full-time job. Dealing with a lawsuit is a lot of work, and personal injury law in New York is complex. It’s not surprising you may not know what to do, the best ways to secure a personal injury settlement. Surprisingly many personal injury lawyers are unfamiliar with ways to maximize the value in truck accident lawsuits. This is where a delivery truck accident attorney can help.
That said, choosing the right firm to represent you is an important decision, one which you should take seriously. You want to work with professionals who are not only experienced in handling cases like yours, but who also appreciate your situation and who are committed to maximizing your settlement.
Feroleto Law is a great choice in selecting a truck accident lawyer. Consider all that we bring to you:
- Significant Experience in Handling Delivery Truck Accident Cases: It’s one thing to know personal injury law, but quite another to know how to manage a delivery truck accident case. With more than 40 decades of experience, we have successfully represented many truck accident victims. We consistently leverage our knowledge of both the law and the local court system to bring value to our clients.
- Hands-on, Personal Service: Delivery truck victims hurt, both physically and emotionally. They don’t have the time or energy to handle a personal injury lawsuit on their own. And, not surprisingly, they have lots of questions. At Feroleto Law, we understand and appreciate this. We make proactively communicating with our clients and always being available to them a priority. Additionally, our service philosophy is based on the knowledge that each incident and person’s situation is unique. We don’t have a one-size-fits-all approach. Our team listens carefully to our clients’ stories and focuses on the details that truly make a difference. Rest assured, we will make sure you are clear on the status of your case and respond to all of your questions.
- Investment in You: Our commitment to serving you well and maximizing your settlement is best illustrated by our fee structure. While we offer all clients a no-cost consultation, we also provide a “no fee guarantee.” Basically, if we don’t win, you don’t owe us any compensation. (Disbursements may or may not be waived, based on fee charged, per NY State regs.) Clearly, we are confident in our ability to help you.
This three-fold combination makes us a formidable presence and the ideal firm to represent you in your delivery truck accident case. Reach out to our team today; we have legal knowledge, experience in truck crash cases, familiarity with Buffalo and New York State doctors, and experts to work on your behalf.
Call us now to understand all of your rights, and truck accident investigation. Feroleto Law 716- 854-0700.
What Our Delivery Truck Accident Lawyers Can Do for You
Here Is What You Can Expect
If you have been injured in an accident with a delivery truck, you may be facing severe injury and significant property damage. Your life looks quite different today than it did in the minutes before the collision. In addition to physical and emotional pain, you are also facing life changes and costs. We are frequently asked, how will I pay my rent, how will I take care of my children, and many similar questions. We get it. You need to take action to protect your future and family.
The steps necessary to successfully manage a personal injury lawsuit after a delivery truck accident are considerable and complicated; the value a knowledgeable and experienced delivery truck accident attorney can bring is considerable.
When you engage our team to represent you, you can rest assured that we will handle every step of the process, from beginning to end, allowing you to focus on your health and well-being. You will not be left in the dark — we will communicate with you clearly and consistently.
The first step in serving you is investigating your accident. With an ultimate goal of proving negligence, we need to interview witnesses, gather information from the accident scene, and review all law enforcement documentation. We may have our own experts review the facts, conduct an inspection of the vehicle, and if helpful, the location of the crash. Often delivery trucks or delivery vans are parked illegally, obstruct visibility or are speeding due to an overly heavy delivery schedule. Delivery truck drivers may be looking at their route for the next package drop off, or otherwise be distracted due to the excessive amount of deliveries they must make in a day.
Additionally, it should come as no surprise that filing a lawsuit comes with a great deal of paperwork. Our team will manage all of this for you; ensuring that everything is completed accurately and on time. We are aware of the statute of limitations and will make sure we meet all deadlines. We will communicate on your behalf. So, if insurance companies or attorneys contact you, simply tell them to contact your attorney at Feroleto Law who will give them the information they need. You should not talk with them.
Unfortunately, the expenses related to your accident can be challenging to calculate. While some are straightforward (like medical bills), others are intangible (like pain and suffering). Additionally, accidents with delivery trucks can impact lives in the long term; expenses can be ongoing. We will work to identify all of your costs, both present and future, so that when we file your claim, the damages accurately represent your losses. Many personal injury attorneys overlook the value of future damages, and possible future consequences of injuries suffered and a truck crash. Many injuries do not get better over time but become more significant as we age.
Finally, we will negotiate and, if necessary, litigate on your behalf. As skilled negotiators, we are often successful in settling your case during this phase. However, sometimes we are simply not able to reach an appropriate agreement to fully compensate you for what has happened, and future considerations. We will never settle for less than we believe you deserve and won’t hesitate to take your case to court. Our team is comprised of aggressive litigators who will work tirelessly in pursuit of the best possible outcome. We will respect your decision, but we will guide you and advise you about the value of your case, and the pros and cons of going forward.
We know what to do and how to do it; our successes speak for themselves. We are well familiar with how to get million-dollar and multimillion dollar resolutions in truck accident lawsuits. Our ultimate goal is to maximize your settlement while minimizing your stress. Our team is ready to go to work for you immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions About Delivery Truck Accidents
Our Buffalo Delivery Truck Accident Attorney Responds to You
While all vehicle accidents are frightening, a crash with a delivery truck is especially traumatizing when you consider the difference in the size and weight of a truck compared to a passenger car. Filing a personal injury lawsuit can help you get compensation for your losses. Many of our clients have raised similar questions regarding the legal process. Below we have shared their most common concerns, along with our answers.
Is there a time limit for filing a lawsuit in Buffalo, New York?
Yes, there is. In most cases, in New York State your truck accident attorney must file within three years from the date of your accident. However, there are exceptions. In some instances, a notice of claim may be necessary within 90 days of the truck accident, and a lawsuit brought in a little more than one year thereafter. It is best to contact the Feroleto truck accident lawyers to ask any questions you may have as soon as possible after the accident. For children different time periods apply.
What happens if my family member was killed in the accident?
In the tragic instances where life is lost due to the negligence of another person or organization, whether it be Amazon, UPS, an contractor driving a van delivering their goods, or an 18 wheeler tractor-trailer delivering their goods, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit within two years of the date of death. However, this is a complicated area of law, and you need to talk to an attorney early on. Our Buffalo delivery truck accident attorney can help you with this process. And unlike some personal injury firms, we do not wait until the time is nearly up before we bring a lawsuit in a truck accident case.
What is a comparative negligence state?
A comparative negligence state is one which takes into account contributory negligence in personal injury cases and settlements. Simply, you can still file a lawsuit if you were partially responsible for your accident, but if you are awarded a settlement it would be reduced by the percentage of fault you bear. This means you can still recover a money award even if you were considered partially at fault. Your Buffalo delivery truck lawyer can review your case and explain how this would impact you.
Who can I sue for my accident with a delivery truck?
Depending upon the circumstances, those who may be held responsible for your injuries include the driver of the delivery truck, the company that owns the truck, the truck manufacturer, the company that loaded the truck, or even the state or local government if road conditions or signage contributed to the accident. More than one party may be held responsible.
How much can I expect to receive?
Just as each accident is unique, so is each settlement. Our Buffalo delivery truck accident lawyer can give you a better idea of possible settlements once we understand the scope of your accident, injuries, and losses. We will look at the medical records, consider the potential for future limitations or partial losses, such as restriction of motion, future pain, limitation of activities or enjoyment of life, reduced work life expectancy, and other factors in evaluating a possible settlement and explaining these factors to the insurance company.
Of course, the questions above are just a sample of the many you may have. Reach out to our Feroleto Law delivery truck accident attorney today at 716-854-0700 for a call or to schedule a consultation where we can address your specific concern.
Delivery Truck Accident Lawsuits in Buffalo, New York
Proving Negligence Is Key
In Buffalo, NY, when another person’s or organization’s negligence results in someone being hurt, they may be able to recover the costs associated with their accident through a personal injury lawsuit. That said, the existence of injuries alone doesn’t warrant a settlement — negligence or fault on the part of the company such as Amazon, UPS or the delivery truck driver must be proven.
This can be challenging, but the delivery truck accident lawyers at Feroleto are experienced and knowledgeable and have had considerable success in truck crashes from big rig 18 wheelers to small delivery vans, and we understand that driving a truck is far different than driving a car, we understand the safety regulations, and the importance of heightened driver safety while operating a commercial motor vehicle. We have the knowledge and have had success for our clients time and time again in truck accident cases.
In order for an individual or entity to be declared negligent, the following four things must be proven:
- That the defendant(s) owed you a duty of care
- That the defendant(s) breached their duty
- That this breach was the cause of your injuries
- That the injuries resulted in real damages.
Drivers of delivery trucks are responsible for operating their vehicles safely. However, they often exhibit irresponsible and negligent behavior.
The type of behavior as well as the circumstances surrounding it help to determine who may be held responsible in a personal injury case.
Actions where the drivers themselves may be accountable include looking toward their next delivery and losing focus as they check logs or review directions, or speeding in order to complete their deliveries more quickly. Sometimes they don’t follow the required procedures of their employer in an attempt to save time. Finally, in an effort to increase their compensation, they may work more hours than allowed and drive when tired, putting themselves and others on the road at risk.
On the other hand, sometimes the delivery truck employers may be responsible. Actions like not providing necessary training and not maintaining their trucks appropriately can both result in devastating consequences. Sometimes the companies force the drivers to make far too many deliveries within a limited time period. It is not unusual for drivers to be working late at night, knowing they need to attend to their family and trying to rush to get home because of the excessive volume of deliveries forced on them. Very often companies such as Amazon, UPS or independent contractors give their drivers more deliveries than can be handled safely.
In still other circumstances, accidents may also be the result of poorly maintained roads or inadequate signage. When this is the case, the state or local government may be deemed the negligent party.
Your Buffalo delivery truck accident lawyer can review your case and help determine the at-fault parties.
Understanding the Damages You May Receive
The costs of an accident with a delivery truck can be astronomical and its effects life changing. Accident victims find themselves consumed with worry about both. Days in the ICU of the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) can be incredibly expensive. A short time can consume any no-fault insurance benefits an individual may have.
“How much can I expect to receive?” This often-asked question is one which is impossible to answer without knowing the specifics of your situation. In New York, damages can include economic, non-economic and, in some cases, punitive damages.
Economic damages are those which are tangible and quantifiable. Economic damages may include:
- Medical Expenses (including future costs)
- Lost Present or Future Wages
- Caregiver Expense
- Property Damage.
Some of these expenses can be long-term and challenging to determine.
Our delivery truck accident attorney is experienced in helping our clients calculate and show the importance of their losses, which is critical to maximizing compensation.
Non-economic damages are intangible and more difficult to quantify, but that does not make them any less valid. These losses are real, and you deserve to be compensated for them. They may include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Emotional distress
- Any partial permanent restriction
We can help you identify and quantify the losses you have experienced and illustrate their impact on your current and future life.
Finally, in cases where the action or inaction of the defendant has been extremely negligent or malicious, you may be able to include punitive damages in your lawsuit. Be aware, these are awarded only in rare and serious cases and are designed to both punish the negligent party and deter others from acting similarly in the future.
Our Feroleto Law Delivery Truck Accident Attorney Is Here to Help
Contact Us Today
Representation from the right firm can make a very real difference in your life after an accident with a delivery truck. The experience, knowledge and service philosophy of your truck accident lawyer is important. This professional can help you maximize your settlement while controlling the legal process, minimizing any additional stress on your life.
At Feroleto Law, we have a reputation for leveraging the full resources of our firm on behalf of our clients while providing them a superior service experience. We know how to handle truck accidents in Buffalo.
Time is incredibly important when it comes to accidents like this. Engaging us early in the process offers us access to evidence while it is fresh and provides us the most time to build your case.
For years our team has dedicated themselves to helping accident victims in Buffalo and the surrounding area. Our firm was built on the premise that those whose negligence caused accidents and injury should be held responsible.
Let us help you move forward toward a future that is brighter than today. Contact us at
716-854-0700 to schedule a consultation. We are ready to go to work for you now.
Attorney John Feroleto
Attorney John Feroleto understands the value of hard work. He is known in the community and by his peers for his willingness to work and go the extra mile. Other lawyers often ask John to handle their trial matters to maximize clients’ recovery. Trial lawyers know who the best trial lawyers are. He was also named Trial Attorney of the Year in 2012 by the Western New York Affiliate of New York State Trial Lawyers Association. [ Attorney Bio ]