Commercial truck accidents that involve large trucks are highly dangerous and very likely to result in death or permanent disability. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that in 2017, of the 1,366 vehicles involved in fatal collisions in New York, 115 or 8.4% involved large trucks. The victims who have been injured in large commercial truck accidents suffer not just bodily damage but also significant economic losses with estimates putting the average expense of each victim at figures over $100,000.
Commercial Truck Accidents are Preventable
When one mentions a commercial truck, the term could be used to mean any truck of large size such as garbage trucks, delivery trucks, 18-wheelers, or semi tractor trailers.
The most common types of accidents involving commercial trucks include:
All these accident types may be caused due to a combination of several different factors. However, it is a well-accepted fact that most of them are entirely preventable. Most accidents are a result of an error by either the truck driver or by the driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash. Some of the common causes of commercial truck accidents in New York include:
In each of these cases, it is possible to prevent a crash if the concerned truck drivers take the necessary care to avoid the risky behavior.
How can Motor Vehicles Avoid a Truck Accident in NYC?
As the driver of a motor vehicle, it is possible to avoid getting into an accident that involves a commercial truck. When you share road space with a large truck, make sure you follow these guidelines to avoid a dangerous collision:
What can NY Commercial Truck Drivers do to Avoid Accidents?
In most cases of NYC truck accidents, driver error is often identified as the main reason for the crash. Here are some tips for the drivers of commercial trucks to avoid accidents in New York.
Truck Safety Technology to Reduce Commercial Truck Accidents
Several safety systems have been developed over the years and making use of these can help reduce the risk of a preventable truck accident. The most popular forms of truck safety systems are described below.
Speed Limiting Systems: These devices restrict the speed at which the truck can be driven to a pre-set level. Although there are truck carriers who oppose this measure, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposes to make these speed limiters mandatory for commercial trucks heavier than 26,000 pounds.
Dual Facing Cameras: These cameras that record the traffic as well as the truck’s cab interior can help the trucking company to monitor the driving of their drivers and take action against errant drivers. In the event of an accident too, data from these cameras can help in accident reconstruction to find out who or what was responsible for the crash.
Forward Crash Avoidance Systems: These systems use a combination of radar and sensors to give out a warning when a collision is imminent with a vehicle in front of the truck. These systems can also be configured to spontaneously trigger the brakes after a threshold point to avoid or reduce the impact of a collision.
Get in Touch with an Experienced New York Truck Accident Attorney
Commercial truck accidents are far more dangerous than other passenger vehicle accidents. The medical injuries are far graver and may cause death or paralysis or amputation injuries or even a permanent disability. This makes it critical for the victims of such accidents to make sure they pursue their legal options to get the compensation they deserve for the losses they suffer.
In most truck accidents, it is not just one factor that is responsible for the mishap. Besides driver error, there may be other parties such as the trucking company or the truck maintenance company or even the road maintenance body who can be held liable for the accident. When you hire a competent and experienced New York commercial truck accident lawyer, they can help you build a strong case that makes sure you get the compensation you deserve.
Our firm works on a contingency fee basis for all personal injury law cases, which means that you do not have to pay us anything upfront until we obtain compensation for you. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a commercial truck accident in New York, call Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff, LLP today at 1-800-660-2264 or contact us online for a free case review.
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