Queens Garbage Truck Accident Lawyer

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Alex Nocerino
Alex Nocerino, managing partner and personal injury lawyer at Chopra & Nocerino, LLP in Garden City, NY

Alex Nocerino is a founding partner at our firm and a successful trial lawyer with roots in New York. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Association for Justice. He has helped injured individuals win hundreds of millions in compensation from large corporations, government entities, and wealthy landlords. 

With 18 years of experience, he has been recognized as a Super Lawyer since 2019 and has a five-star Avvo rating. He is a true New Yorker and a successful trial lawyer who is unafraid to go up against even the powerful and combative defendants.

Content Last Updated:   June 11, 2024

Garbage trucks often cause serious accidents due to their size and substantial blind spots. If you or a loved one has been injured in a dump truck crash, you’re likely grappling with growing medical bills, physical pain from your injuries, lost wages, and other losses.

Whether you’re a driver, cyclist, or pedestrian, pursuing full justice for these damages can be complex, often because of stubborn insurance companies. The experienced Queens garbage truck accident lawyers at Chopra & Nocerino can guide you through the legal process. Unlike other law firms, we’re real New Yorkers who don’t back down and aren’t afraid to fight for the compensation you deserve. Reach out to schedule a free consultation with a skilled attorney.

Why Choose the Queens Garbage Truck Accident Lawyers at Chopra & Nocerino?

When you come to us with a garbage truck accident case, we don’t take your trust in us lightly. Our passionate legal team will treat you like family, giving your case the attention it deserves and fighting for your rights aggressively the whole way.

The attorneys at Chopra & Nocerino have more than 20 years of combined experience supporting injury victims against negligent defendants. You can trust us to explore all available avenues and create effective strategies that deliver the most favorable outcome. In 2020 and 2022, our law firm had the most Top 50 Settlements of any New York law firm. We also have a multilingual staff to better understand and prioritize your needs.

Notable Legal Awards

Our lawyers’ commitment to safeguarding injury victims’ rights has been recognized through various industry awards, including the following:

  • Top 100 Lawyers, 2021 Attorney of the Year
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star 2017 to 2019 and Super Lawyers 2020 to present
  • Top 10 Under 40 by the National Academy of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Voted Top Attorney in North America 2021, 2022, 2023

Track Record of Success in Queens

We have a proven track record of hitting home runs and obtaining millions of dollars for our clients through settlements and verdicts, including:

for a 33-year-old passenger of a vehicle struck by a truck
for a 33-year-old passenger of a vehicle struck by a truck
for a 45-year-old man struck by a truck while crossing a Brooklyn street

for a 45-year-old man struck by a truck while crossing a Brooklyn street

for a family whose vehicle was struck in an intersection by a fire truck that ran through a red light
for a family whose vehicle was struck in an intersection by a fire truck that ran through a red light
for a mother and child hit by a truck in a crosswalk

for a mother and child hit by a truck in a crosswalk

for a 33-year-old driver whose vehicle was struck in a Brooklyn intersection by a New York City Department of Sanitation salt spreader

for a 33-year-old driver whose vehicle was struck in a Brooklyn intersection by a New York City Department of Sanitation salt spreader

“I highly recommend this law firm. The attorneys and staff are professional, knowledgeable, very thorough, and compassionate.  They truly work hard to get the best outcome for their clients.  You will not be pressured to take an offer when they know you deserve more for your injuries.  I am truly blessed to have been referred to Chopra & Nocerino.” –  Deborah C., Google

Queens Neighborhoods We Serve

Chopra & Nocerino frequently serves the people residing in the following areas around Queens:

  • Corona
  • Jackson Heights
  • Elmhurst
  • Rego Park
  • Ridgewood
  • Woodhaven
  • Pomonk

How Our Queens Garbage Truck Accident Attorney Can Help You Get Results

Our goal is to help get your life back on track by providing comprehensive legal guidance and exemplary services during this difficult moment. We offer a free no-obligation consultation session to learn more about your case and help you make an informed decision on the next steps

We will support you throughout the process of filing a garbage truck accident claim by doing the following:

  • Answering your questions and providing timely updates on your case’s progress
  • Investigating and gathering evidence at the accident scene and from other sources, such as eyewitnesses and security cameras
  • Consulting other professionals, such as accident reconstruction experts, financial analysts, physicians, and expert witnesses, to build a strong claim
  • Calculating the total amount of compensation you should seek from those responsible
  • Timely filing all paperwork, including your garbage truck accident lawsuit
  • Negotiating with insurance companies for a settlement covering all your damages
  • Litigating your case in court and taking your case to trial if the insurance company is unwilling to settle the full compensation you’re owed

Determining Fault in a Queens Garbage Truck Accident

To recover compensation for your damages, you must determine who is responsible and establish their fault for the accident. You must also identify all applicable insurance coverage. Garbage truck accidents often involve multiple defendants and insurers.

The New York Department of Sanitation is responsible for waste collection and disposal in most residential buildings. Businesses or commercial buildings typically hire private carter services or opt for self-hauling with due registration. One or more of these parties could be liable for your damages after a garbage truck accident in Queens.

Other persons who could be at fault for your injuries include the truck driver, the municipal agency responsible for road maintenance, or a third-party driver.

We have deep experience with New York City garbage truck accidents. You can trust our skilled truck accident lawyers to investigate, gather evidence, analyze the law, and build a strong case establishing liability to pursue the full compensation you deserve from all the responsible parties.

How Can Victims of Garbage Truck Accidents Be Compensated if the Insurance Coverage Is Limited?

It’s not uncommon for garbage truck companies to limit their spending on liability insurance to maximize profits. Unfortunately, this means the insurance coverage available for accidents caused by their drivers may also be limited. If this is your case, you might be worried about covering all your damages.  If the insurance fails to cover your damages, we can determine whether the defendant has significant enough assets to recover from. We have often obtained substantial compensation through negotiation and mediation. At Chopra & Nocerino, our accident lawyers have mastered the art of maximizing recovery, which we achieve by preparing thoroughly for the case, loading all the bases, and always being ready to move to trial for our clients if necessary.

What Damages Can I Recover for My Dump Truck Accident Claim in Queens, NY?

The damages you can recover from a garbage truck crash depends on how much the incident has impacted your life. Such cases typically receive economic and non-economic damages. In rare cases, you can seek an award of punitive damages. When you retain us, our Queens dump truck attorneys will leave no stone unturned. We will assess all the damages specific to your case and fight for maximum compensation. The types of possible damages include:

  • Economic damages: These are actual financial losses incurred from the accident, including medical bills, prescription medicine costs, lost wages, property damages, and survival benefits in case of wrongful death.
  • Non-economic damages: These are intangible and non-monetary damages from the crash, including physical pain, emotional distress, mental suffering, and the worsening of previous injuries.
  • Punitive damages: Rarely, a judge also may award punitive damages for claims involving intentional harm or gross misconduct, such as drunk driving. These damages don’t compensate victims for their losses but instead punish defendants and deter similar future behavior.

I have so much gratitude for Alex Nocerino, who was able to help me receive my full settlement amount after having issues with my previous lawyer. Alex was extremely patient, knowledgeable, and professional, and gave me great legal advice through my anxiety and impatience. He always picked up my calls and made sure to explain every step thoroughly. The best part was I explained to him how important it was for me to receive my settlement before my wedding, and he was able to make it happen. Thank you, Alex! I can’t recommend him and his team enough. – Summer E., Google

How Much Is a Dump Truck Case Worth in Queens, NY?

There is no set amount you can receive for your garbage truck accident claim in Queens, NY. Instead, it depends on various factors. Chopra & Nocerino’s experience in valuing cases accurately and negotiating fair settlements will be advantageous when calculating your compensation.

Common factors that determine how much a dump truck case is worth include:

  • The severity and extent of your injuries
  • Medical records and documentation available
  • How the injuries have affected other areas of your life
  • Whether your actions partially contributed to the accident
  • Insurance policy coverage limits
  • The amount and quality of your evidence

Time Limit To File a Claim for Queens Dump Truck Accidents

The statute of limitations sets the deadline for filing a personal injury lawsuit in Queens, NY. Failure to initiate legal action within this timeline will likely cause the court to dismiss your case.

The deadline to file an injury claim for a garbage truck accident in Queens, NY, may depend on the at-fault party. If you’re suing the Sanitation Department or any other government agency, you must file a notice of claim with the Comptroller’s Office within 90 days and wait for a response first. If the Comptroller’s Office offers an insufficient settlement or denies your claim, you can file a lawsuit in court within one year and 90 days from the date of the accident.

However, if the defendant is a third-party driver or a car manufacturer, you may have up to three years from the accident date or injury discovery to sue or two years for wrongful death claims. If you miss the applicable deadline, you will lose your right to compensation for your injuries. Thus, speak with a lawyer to start the legal process as soon as possible.

Contact the Queens Garbage Truck Accident Lawyers at Chopra & Nocerino

Chopra & Nocerino proudly serves the Queens community through excellent legal representation and support. We are the exclusive personal injury law firm for the New York Mets, but our firm serves everyone, whether you’re a construction worker, taxi driver, doctor, lawyer, or student.

Contact us today to discuss your garbage truck accident case in a free consultation with an attorney. Call us at 855-NYC-HURT or complete our online form to get started.

“Extremely happy with Chopra & Nocerino! Throughout my whole case, they kept me updated & always handled all of my concerns promptly & thoroughly. Having them handle my case was the best decision, and I’m beyond happy at the outcome of my settlement. Highly recommend.”  – Breanna L., Google

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