Truck Accident Lawyer
Serving those injured in truck collisions in Connecticut and New York
Truck transportation presents severe safety risks including death and injury. There are over eleven million trucks on the roads in the United States, accounting for nearly 500,000 truck collisions annually. Truck driver error accounts for ninety percent of all collisions. According to some studies as many as half of all truck accidents result from drivers falling asleep at the wheel.
One out of every eight automotive fatalities involves trucks including big rigs, tractor-trailers, and other commercial vehicles. Trucking collisions have increased by 20% over the last two decades according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA). In fact, every 16 minutes a truck crash or collision occurs.
A truck collision is not just a bigger car wreck. One tired, overworked truck driver can cause a life-changing collision. Trucks weigh 30 times more than a typical automobile. The increased size and weight of the typical truck increases the impact and consequences of a collision.
There are often multiple responsible entities involved with complicated truck liability insurance policies. Truck companies typically are very sophisticated and conduct exhaustive and often self-serving investigations after a collision. Having skilled legal representation for yourself is crucial.
Leading Causes of Truck Collisions in New York and Connecticut
New York and Connecticut roadways, particularly those surrounding the New York City metro area, are congested with trucks and cars alike. The chances of a truck accident increase with this congestion. Some of the leading causes of truck collisions include:
Driver error is the most common cause of truck collisions. This includes fatigue, inattention, distractions, or substance abuse on the part of the truck driver.
The second most common cause of trucking accidents is equipment failure, including design and manufacturing errors such as defective tires, lack of reverse-detection warning devices, and improperly maintained brakes or tires. Drivers are required to perform a pre-trip inspection and to perform regular inspections and maintenance of their trucks throughout the year. Often these rules are ignored resulting in preventable injuries.
The heavy weight of the trucks and their loads impairs braking distance in bad weather. Big trucks cannot stop as quickly as cars. Truck drivers must take into account these limitations during adverse weather conditions.
When a truck’s load is not safely configured or distributed on the trailer, the vehicle can become imbalanced causing a truck to tip over when it would otherwise remain upright. Improper loading can also lead to a load not being properly secured, then falling off the truck and onto the roadways into the lanes of traffic.
Compensation for injuries suffered in truck collisions
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck collision you may be entitled to the compensation for:
- Past and future medical costs and expenses
- Lost wages
- Destruction of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Punitive damages