Tractor trailers and other heavy trucks often contain dangerous defects putting the truck driver and passengers at risk of serious injury or death. Many of these trucks have particularly weak roofs that crush in rollovers, and the passenger compartments are often not protected by effective cab guards, which allows loads to shift into the truck cab.
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. The facts speak for themselves:
- One out of eight traffic fatalities is caused by a collision with a large truck
- Trucks weighing 10,000+ pounds represent only 3 percent of all registered vehicles on the road, yet they account for over 25 percent of the fatalities that occur in multiple vehicle accidents
- Nearly 80 percent of all large truck accidents involve more than one vehicle
- Trucks accounted for 104,000 injuries and 3,971 fatalities in 2012, according to a report by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration
Truck Accident Claims
Successful truck 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. If you have been involved in a tractor trailer accident or lost a loved one in a collision with a large truck, you are likely facing significant medical bills and other unforeseen costs – but getting money from insurance companies and the trucking companies they represent is often difficult.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Why are truck accidents so prevalent? According to a federal study, factors that lead to wrecks for semi-trucks and their drivers include:
- Driver fatigue – experts say fatigue plays a role in almost half of all trucking accidents because many drivers spend a full day behind the wheel or are pressured to skip mandated sleep breaks in order to meet shipping deadlines
- Prescription and over-the-counter drug use
- Poorly maintained equipment, especially brakes or tires
- Unfamiliarity with local roads
- Vehicle size and weight – larger trucks are more difficult to turn quickly, even when the driver is alert and the vehicle is properly maintained
- Speeding, tailgating, and other instances of careless driving
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. As if the injuries alone were not enough, victims are further challenged when attempting to file a truck accident claim. Successful truck 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.
Injured in a Truck Accident? Contact Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C.
The truck accident attorneys at Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. have been taking on the trucking industry for years. We understand the safety regulations and 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;
- Driver inattention, speeding, or other aggressive driving behavior; and/or
- Manufacturing or design defects within the truck.
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, our attorneys are well-prepared to handle all of your legal needs. Call us at 1-888-575-6410 or fill out our online contact form for a free case evaluation. We will fight for you!