If you have been injured in a New York truck accident, you may think that you are limited to only suing the driver who was involved in the accident. But, often this is not the case. In fact, most [...]
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Auto Accidents – These can happen anywhere, anytime and many are caused by driver inattention. Other factors can include alcohol, speeding, and a failure to observe traffic laws at red lights, stop signs, construction sites, and other highway hazards.
Hit and Run Accidents – These injure or kill hundreds of innocent pedestrians and motorists each year, despite numerous laws that penalize negligent drivers. Injured victims face significant hurdles when they attempt to file claims against unidentified drivers. Only an experienced attorney can help navigate New York’s complex insurance laws to obtain all of the money you are entitled to.
SUV Rollovers – Rollovers happen more frequently to sport utility vehicles than other passenger cars. Many SUVs have high centers of gravity and top-heavy design elements, making them particularly susceptible to rollover accidents that can crush the SUV’s occupants. Manufacturers must be held accountable when their faulty designs cause needless and deadly accidents.
Van Accidents – The number of deadly accidents involving 15-passenger vans has steadily increased over the past few years. Because many of these vehicles are used by sports teams, church groups, nursing homes, and other organizations, van accidents can potentially injure many innocent victims.
Bus Accidents – These can be deadly. A yearly average of 325 buses nationally are involved in fatal collisions. New York, with its many transportation hubs, ranks high on the list of states in which these dangerous crashes occur. More alarming is that 40 percent of the buses operating in the United States are school buses, which places innocent children at risk.
Taxi Cab Accidents – In New York City, taxi cab accidents can involve other cars, pedestrians, bicyclists, or fixed objects. According to one study, nearly 4,300 accidents involving taxi cabs occurred in one 12-month span. Seventy percent of those accidents resulted in personal injury or death.
Motorcycle Accidents – These lead to 2,000 U.S. fatalities each year. Another 50,000 motorcyclists are injured each year in traffic collisions. Approximately 75 percent of those accidents involve another vehicle and are often the fault of the other driver. Nevertheless, insurance companies continue to blame motorcyclists for most collisions. Therefore, to obtain all of the money you are entitled to, it is crucial to have experienced legal representation to protect your rights.
Tractor Trailer Accidents – These are often caused by the negligence of the trucker or trucking company. Factors that lead to wrecks for semi-trucks and their drivers include brake problems, traffic congestion, prescription and over-the-counter drug use, cell phone use, tailgating, speeding, unfamiliarity with local roads, and driver fatigue. Trucking companies are experienced with handling legal claims against their drivers and are adept at denying fault. Victims of tractor-trailer accidents require an experienced attorney to protect their interests.
ATV Accidents – Yearly, these cause more than 500 deaths – many of them minors – as well as 140,000 injuries. Often, driver inexperience causes ATV accidents; however, defective design and/or parts also contribute to these dangerous crashes. As such, experienced legal representation is essential in any ATV injury case.
Large commercial trucks are more difficult to maneuver because of their size and weight — even the most qualified driver cannot stop or turn a large truck as quickly as a smaller passenger car. This disadvantage, as well as the sheer size and weight of tractor-trailers, make them inherently more dangerous than ordinary cars in a traffic accident.
While federal regulations do mandate how many hours a driver can operate a large truck without sleep, the reality is that many drivers face tight deadlines and unforeseen traffic delays that make it difficult to meet their delivery schedules. Trucking companies may pressure drivers to forgo necessary rest stops in order to deliver a load on time, despite laws to the contrary.
Many experts believe that truck driver fatigue causes more truck accidents than any other factor. Since tractor trailers are already more difficult to drive, an alert operator is absolutely necessary to avoid accident – and a driver who is sleepy on the road can be extremely dangerous.
Besides driver fatigue, other factors include brake problems, traffic congestion, prescription and over-the-counter drug use, cell phone use, tailgating, speeding, and unfamiliarity with local roads.
The truck industry is powerful, and large trucking companies maintain their own legal counsel and substantial insurance coverage to help protect their interests. Only an attorney experienced in truck accident claims and insurance coverage issues will understand the necessary regulations involved to properly represent your claim.