New York, New York (PRWEB) December 25, 2013
A tanker truck explosion in Bellmore, New York, alarmed neighborhood residents as flames leapt as high as 20 feet. As CBS News(12.18.13) reported, the tanker carrying 12,000 gallons of fuel hit the back of a Hyundai that was stopped at a red light. Attorney at Law David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, was relieved to hear that no deaths were reported.
The tanker truck was left charred by the massive fire that was fueled from the gas from the tanker. The fire also spread to a Harley-Davidson dealership and several homes.
Rear-end collisions are a common hazard for drivers across the United States. Trucks are involved in a number of these crashes. Rear-end accidents make up about 18 percent of the 400,000 truck crashes that occur each year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Trucks need approximately 40 percent more time than cars to stop because of factors such as weight. They are also less maneuverable and start more slowly. Common causes of rear-end collisions include speeding, driver fatigue, defective brakes, distracted driving, and inclement weather.
“Regardless of intention, accidents caused by preventable mistakes often result in liability,” said Perecman.
Negligent parties, which may include the driver and truck company, must compensate injured victims for their medical expenses, lost wages, and other losses arising from the accident. If a death occurs, the negligent parties must compensate family members of the victim for funeral expenses, lost earnings, and additional damages caused by the wrongful death. If a collision was caused by a defective product then a manufacturer, wholesaler, and/or distributor may be liable.
The cause of the Bellmore truck accident was under investigation. CBS reported that the tanker driver’s cell phone records would be investigated, as well as cameras in the area that may have recorded the accident.
If you or a loved one is severely injured due to a rear end collision, lawyers at The Perecman Firm may be able to help you obtain compensation for any injuries and losses. Contact the auto accident attorneys at The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
The CBS News story cited is “ 2 Hurt After Tanker Truck Overturns, Bursts Into Flames In Bellmore.”
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York personal injury, medical malpractice, construction accident, and auto accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of cases of vehicular accidents in New York, including truck accidents and auto accidents. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.
The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.
**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout
"Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome."