When a 40 ton tractor trailer crashes into you, the results can be catastrophic. About 200,000 people a year are seriously injured and over 5,000 people a year die in large truck, tractor-trailer and bus accidents. 90 % of these wrecks are caused by driver negligence. Operators of “big rigs” require Commercial Drivers Licenses, and the rules and standards regarding the safe operation of tractors, trailers, buses and trucks are very different than for regular vehicles.  These injuries and deaths are preventable.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a tractor trailer, truck or bus accident, call one of the expert, knowledgeable, experienced and hard working tractor trailer, truck and bus accident lawyers at Sonin & Genis. We are proud that one of our verdicts in a personal injury case was written up as one of the top tractor trailer trucking accident jury verdicts of the year in the National Law Journal, New York Law Journal, New York Magazine, and ALM Verdictsearch.

Crashes involving large vehicles requires extensive and unique knowledge.  You need an experienced trucking lawyer, one with the specialized knowledge of the Rules, Regulations and Manuals of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 49 CFR, the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles, the CDL Manuals and the laws – traffic, procedural and substantive. Sometimes these collisions occur in another state, which requires knowledge of the laws, rules and regulations of other states, and the ability to litigate in Federal Court, and in the State Courts in and outside of New York.

Frequently different companies own the tractor, the trailer, the “container” and the cargo. These crashes usually involve multiple corporations, various drivers and insurance companies. Oftentimes the vehicles are owned, operated and registered by out-of-state corporations and motor carriers.

If you or a loved one has been killed or injured in a large vehicle wreck, you need an experienced tractor trailer accident lawyer that is knowledgeable and familiar with all of these complicated issues, and conflicting laws of different states, and is ready, willing and able to properly litigate wherever necessary.

You need a trucking lawyer knowledgeable about these differences, as well as accident reconstruction, biomechanics, seatbelts and medicine.

After years of specializing in these cases, Sonin & Genis’ lawyers have the experience, skills, and knowledge that you need to win the compensation you deserve for all of the physical, emotional and economic damages resulting from the wreck.

As an active member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) – formerly the American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA) – Motor Vehicle and Premises Liability Section, we have access to a national network of other dedicated lawyers across the country.


Truck accidents are caused by multiple factors, such as speeding trucks, tired, intoxicated or negligent drivers, overloaded or improperly loaded cargo, inadequate inspections, maintenance and repairs, old and worn tires, vehicles that do not meet safety regulations, and dangerous road conditions.

Tractor trailers have “black boxes” (Event Data Recorders and Sensing Device Modules) that may contain crucial information. The driver’s logs, timesheets and schedules, the motor carrier’s safety history, the bills of lading of cargo and other records can sometimes be as or more important than the accident report or police report.

Was the driver engaging in distracted driving and talking on a cell phone or CB? Did a specialized Accident or Crash Investigation Unit of the police properly analyze the scene? Is an independent Accident Reconstruction Expert necessary?

Our Bronx personal injury attorneys know how to identify and collect important evidence, question and depose witnesses and the Safety Directors of the various motor carrier companies, as  well as expert witnesses, to properly prepare and assess each individual case so that get you the compensation you deserve.

Is a defective roadway condition, broken traffic light or downed sign a substantial contributing factor in causing the crash and injuries?

Our lawyers relentlessly prepare each case and fight hard to make sure that your rights are represented properly in court. We are thoroughly versed in the science, engineering, biomechanics, medicine and laws, and the specialized requirements of trucks, tractor trailers and buses.


A Truck, Tractor, Trailer or Bus crash can result in death, quadriplegia, paraplegia, Traumatic Brain Injury, spinal injuries, broken bones, fractures, damages to discs in spine, to joints and their tendons, ligaments, nerves and cartilage – especially vulnerable joints like knees, shoulders, wrists, ankles and elbows, and may require surgery.

The force of a crash can cause many disabling injuries, such as: protruding discs in the spine,  torn rotator cuff in the shoulder, torn meniscus or chondromalacia to the knee, carpal tunnel syndrome to a wrist, and other injuries. Trauma to joints can cause or aggravate painful and disabling arthritis and degenerative joint disease. Surgery may help but not cure these injuries.

Recovering from these life-altering injuries is not only painful; it requires costly and time-consuming medical treatment, doctor visits and rehabilitation. Costly medical treatment and doctors visits are required to treat these injuries.

Victims are often temporarily or permanently unable to work, or work with difficulty, limitations or restrictions and may have a diminished work life and diminished earnings because of their injuries.

You need a lawyer that understands and knows the medicine and biomechanics of injury and is able to educate and teach a jury the significance and permanent consequences of these harms and losses, so that a fair jury can provide the helps and fixes that justice requires. You need a lawyer that has the knowledge and ability to successfully cross-examine the stable of defense doctors and litigation experts that the insurance companies routinely rely on to deny liability, causation and damages to deprive injured people their fair compensation.

We have an excellent medical, forensic and engineering reference library.  We read and research medical and other journals regularly.  Our lawyers have taught Continuing Legal Education Classes and published articles on handling these types of cases and these issues.  Our knowledge, hard work and skill have enabled us to win many significant verdicts on behalf of our clients.

Insurance companies oftentimes hire litigation “experts” that rely on “junk science” to attempt to spread the myth that a low speed impact cannot cause injury.  These so-called “experts” ignore the fact that it is basic physics that Force = Mass x Velocity, and the mass of a car weighs thousands of pounds, and even a low speed crash transmits a significant amount of force, which can cause serious bodily harm to its occupants, even where the body of the car is unscathed – like when a carton containing eggs is pristine, but some of the eggs inside are cracked.

Sonin & Genis’ expert truck accident lawyers will help you gain compensation for:

  • Physical and emotional pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Future medical care and needs
  • Lost wages and diminished future earning potential
  • Repair or replacement of your vehicle

Statutes of limitations expire quickly, making it absolutely vital that you contact an experienced New York truck accident lawyer as soon after the accident as possible. Many tractor trailers come from different states, some having shorter statutes of limitations – giving you even less time to commence your case.

Don’t wait for evidence to be destroyed, allowing the insurance companies to easily defeat your bid for proper compensation. Contact Sonin & Genis to get some of New York’s best truck accident lawyers in your corner today.

At Sonin & Genis we are known as the “heavy hitters with heart,” for our compassion towards our clients, and our tenacious pursuit of justice for them and their families. We earned the moniker “the go-to lawyers’ because many of our cases are referred to us from other legal professionals who trust us to win even the toughest cases.
It is important to properly file your applications for “No-Fault” or PIP claims within 30 days or the insurance company will NOT pay your medical bills; insurance companies look for countless ways to not pay or cut off your benefits and deny you necessary medical treatment. The insurance companies hire “litigation doctors” to deny insurance coverage for necessary medical treatment, and second guess what your knowledgeable treating doctor knows what care you need, and to dispute your claims.  You need lawyers that will fight for you!

It’s important to act quickly. If you or a loved one has been injured in an truck or bus accident involving a city or municipality –including those owned or operated by schools, hospitals, police, sanitation, a Public Authority, such as the Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority [MABSTOA], or countless other public entities, the State or Federal government, or if a defective roadway condition, broken traffic light or downed sign is involved, – a Notice of Claim is usually required, a legal document that explains your claim, and must usually be prepared by your attorneys and served on the municipality within 90 days of injury, and sometimes sooner. Some private entities receive federal funds, and a claim must be filed with the federal government. Because wherever possible records must be obtained and reviewed before the Notice of Claim is prepared and filed, time is of the essence and it is vital that you act quickly!

At Sonin & Genis, we know that you have more important things to worry about than getting records and preparing and filing legal documents, so we take of everything so that you can focus on taking care of your family, so call the experienced New York Truck Accident lawyers at Sonin & Genis.

If you or a loved one has suffered from a tractor trailer accident, call Sonin & Genis (718-561-4444) to speak to an expert New York Truck Accident Lawyer today.

*Sonin & Genis has taught CLE classes on truck accident cases