New York Truck Accident Lawyers
Tractor-trailers play a vital role in the shipment of goods throughout the country. However, the size of these trucks and the amount of commercial traffic on our roadways present a tremendous risk to other drivers, especially if the truck driver makes a serious mistake. For the occupants of passenger vehicles, crashes involving large trucks can be some of the deadliest on our roads.
The truck accident attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC have helped a countless number of victims who have been injured in truck accidents. We have the skill and experience necessary to help you receive the maximum compensation you deserve.
Fast Facts About Large Truck Crashes
- On average, there are more than 3,500 deaths on U.S. roads in large truck crashes every year, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
- Nearly 85 percent of fatalities in large truck crashes are either occupants of a passenger vehicle or pedestrians.
- Over 80 percent of fatal large truck crashes happen on interstates, freeways and other major roads.
- In 2014, there were 11,848 crashes involving large trucks in New York.
- Of those large truck crashes in New York, 3,760 resulted in personal injury and 74 were fatal.
Common Causes of Large Truck Crashes
There are many possible reasons for a crash involving a tractor-trailer, and one single crash can have multiple contributing factors. However, many of these factors come in the form of human error. Here are a few examples of factors that could lead to a truck crash:
- Traveling Too Fast for Conditions. Speeding leads to a large percentage of trucking crashes. In 2014, 990 large truck crashes in New York were caused by unsafe speeds. Many trucks are equipped with devices that limit the speed at which a truck can travel, though that doesn’t necessarily prevent a driver from exceeding speed limits on smaller roads.
- Drowsy Driving (or Driver Fatigue). Truck driver fatigue is a major concern in the trucking industry and the center of much debate. The Federal Motor Carrier Administration says that nearly 30 percent of drivers could have some form of sleep apnea, a condition which disrupts sleep, decreases daytime alertness and leads to fatigued driving.
- Impaired Driving. Impaired driving among truck drivers has decreased greatly over the past few decades but, just like any other subset of drivers, some still get behind the wheel of their automobiles while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Driving Inappropriately for Road Conditions. Whether driving in a crowded city or on an icy road, most truck drivers are experts at navigating the random conditions they encounter on the job. However, some drivers, especially young drivers, might fail to adjust their driving habits according to the demands of the weather or traffic conditions.
- Driver Inexperience. Veteran drivers have been through almost every imaginable scenario on the road, but younger drivers are more likely to make mistakes, and those missteps can be costly for other motorists. New York City is a very challenging environment for truck drivers to navigate. For drivers who lack experience driving a commercial vehicle in New York, these challenges can be overwhelming.
- Distracted Driving. Every driver, including truckers, must be completely present behind the wheel. Diverting attention to mobile devices, stereos or other passengers even for a moment can lead to catastrophic and fatal traffic crashes. In 2014, nearly 2,000 large truck crashes in New York involved driver inattention and driver distraction.
Investigating the cause of a trucking accident is complicated and requires a specialized skill to determine the liable party. There may be multiple parties involved — the driver, the owner, the company that leased the truck, the company that loaded the truck, or even the truck manufacturer. Our truck accident lawyers have the experience and knowledge to confirm who was at fault and to hold them accountable.
Consequences of Truck Accidents
When a large truck collides with another vehicle, it is typically the occupant of the smaller vehicle that is injured, due in large part to the size and weight of the tractor-trailer. For this reason, the injuries sustained in these types of crashes can be some of the worst of all crash types. They include:
- Spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries are often permanent and debilitating. They can lead to paralysis and a lifetime of medical treatment and ongoing care.
- Traumatic brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries cause many problems for vehicle accident victims. They can impair motor functions, memory and the ability to interpret or use language.
- Internal damage. Internal injuries can be difficult to detect immediately following a crash. They may also cause the failure of several bodily functions and lead to death.
- Multiple bone fractures. Fractures to wrists or ankles, or hip fractures, can be painful, costly and impact a person’s ability to do their jobs and perform basic, everyday tasks.
In addition to these injuries, victims can face incredible pain, suffering, medical bills, ongoing medical care, loss of income and loss of work capacity. When crashes turn fatal, surviving family members also encounter devastating consequences resulting from the loss of their loved ones.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, contact the truck accident attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC. We understand the complex issues that stem from insurance coverage and the role of each defendant, and we will see to it that you receive compensation for your damages. The attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC have decades of experience and are here to help. Our consultation is free and there is no charge to you unless we win your case.
Top 5 Mistakes Made After a Truck Accident
- Admitting fault at the scene of the accident before you have all the facts
- Not filing an accident report with the police
- Assuming you will feel better after sustaining an injury and not seeking medical attention
- Believing that the insurance company will deal with you fairly
- Not hiring an experienced attorney who will complete all filings to protect your rights and ensure that you will receive the compensation that you deserve
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, you should not have to pay the costs for the mistakes of a negligent driver or trucking firm. Our New York vehicle accident attorneys are here to help you hold them accountable for the losses they caused you. Contact Kaplan Lawyers PC today to learn more about how we can assist you in obtaining the compensation you deserve.
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