New York City truck accident attorneys that will fight for your rights!
When large trucks carrying thousands of pounds worth of cargo share New York’s roads with passenger vehicles, the results of any collision are invariably dangerous and deadly. Truck accidents represent a serious problem to all drivers. In fact, large truck accident fatalities rose 14% from 2009 to 2013.
If you have been involved in a tractor trailer accident or lost a loved one in a collision with a large truck, you likely face significant medical bills and other unforeseen costs – but getting money from insurance companies and the trucking companies they represent is often difficult. The New York truck accident lawyers of Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. can help. Contact us today at 1-800-966-4999 or fill out our online contact form for a free case evaluation. We will fight for you!
Tractor Trailer Accidents By The Numbers
According to the most recent report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), tractor-trailer fatality statistics are staggering:
- 3,602 people were killed in accidents involving tractor-trailers in 2013.
- Of the 3,602 fatalities in 2013, 16% of those fatalities were truck occupants and 67% were drivers and passengers of vehicles that had collided with the truck.
- 11% of all passenger vehicle occupant deaths and 23% of passenger vehicle occupant deaths in multiple-vehicle crashes in 2013 occurred in crashes with tractor-trailers.
- 66% percent of tractor-trailer occupants killed in multiple-vehicle crashes in 2013 occurred in collisions involving another tractor-trailers.
The latest report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows the prevalence of large truck accidents and injuries:
- In 2012, there were 104,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks—an increase of 18% from the 88,000 injured in 2011.
- Large trucks were involved in 97 fatal crashes in New York in 2012, representing 6.2% of all vehicle fatalities in the state.
Tractor Trailer Accident Causes
Accident investigations have shown that truck drivers are generally much more careful on the road than passenger vehicle drivers. Yet, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) indicates that there were approximately 327,000 police-reported accidents in 2013. So why are truck accidents so prevalent? The FMCSA found that the following were common factors in tractor-trailer accidents:
- Excessive speed. Speed was the number one factor in accidents involving tractor-trailers, on the part of both the large truck and the other vehicle involved.
- Driver fatigue. Fatigue plays a role in almost half of all trucking accidents because many drivers spend a full day behind the wheel, as they are often pressured to skip mandated sleep breaks in order to meet shipping deadlines.
- Driver Impairment. Prescription and over-the-counter drug use can impair driver reactions.
- Poorly maintained vehicles. Worn tires and brakes are prime causes of accidents.
- Unfamiliarity with local roads. Searching for routes and destinations leads to driver inattention.
- Vehicle size and weight. Larger trucks are more difficult to turn quickly, even when the driver is alert and the vehicle is properly maintained.
- Careless Driving. Following large trucks too closely or driving in a truck’s blind spot can be deadly.
These factors combine to create the perfect environment for dangerous traffic collisions, and victims often suffer from catastrophic injuries, including head trauma and broken bones.
Proving Liability In Tractor Trailer Accidents
As if the injuries alone weren’t enough, victims are further challenged when attempting to file a truck accident claim. Successful tractor-trailer accident claims must take into account all relevant federal regulations, as well as detailed evidence documenting the status of both the driver and the vehicle. Trucking companies are only required by law to keep certain documents for a short period of time, so without prompt action, key evidence can be lost. The truck accident attorneys at Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. have been taking on the trucking industry for years. We understand the safety regulations and we prepare each case thoroughly in order to demonstrate:
- Failure to comply with federal safety or maintenance laws
- Failure to provide proper driver training or supervision
- Inattention, speeding, or other negligent or aggressive driving behavior
- Manufacturing or design defects within the truck
Contact the New York City truck accident attorneys at Schwartzapfel Lawyers. P.C.
When you’ve suffered severe injury as a result of a truck accident, you need the New York lawyers of Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. at your side. With more than 150 years of combined experience and a proven track record of success, our attorneys are well-prepared to handle all your legal needs. Contact us today at 1-800-966-4999 or fill out our online contact form for a free case evaluation. We will fight for you!