Brooklyn Truck Accident Statistics
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in 2010 over 500,000 large truck and commercial vehicles were involved in accidents, with over 100,000 people sustaining serious injuries, and over 5,000 people dying in these accidents. This was compared to only 3,200 deaths involving large trucks in 2009. The Brooklyn trucking accident attorneys at the Law Office of Jay S. Knispel have successfully handled many truck accident cases and know how to fight for the proper compensation for the accident’s victims.
New York roads are very busy and semi-trucks often cause accidents that are dangerous and deadly. Truck accidents represent a serious problem to all drivers. The statistics speak for themselves:
- One out of eight traffic fatalities is caused by a collision with a large truck.
- Trucks weighing 10,000 plus 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.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a semi-truck accident contact the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC today at 212-564-2800. Our accident lawyers in Brooklyn have over 20 years of experience in trucking accident claims. We will review your accident to determine the causes and factors involved to distribute liability accordingly and to all parties involved. There is never a fee unless we win your case. Don’t delay, you may have a valid claim and be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call us today for a free legal consultation.
Truck Accident Causes
18 wheeler tractor trailer truck accidents can often be catastrophic or life ending due to the size and weight of the trucks. New York has some of the highest volume of traffic of commercial transportation. Large semi-truck accidents involving blowouts, unsafe loads, and driver violations often result in a significant number of personal injury and wrongful death claims annually. If you or a loved one has been injured in a catastrophic truck accident, you have a limited amount of time to take action and preserve your case. The Brooklyn personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC have expertise in handling these cases. We have over 20 years of experience in protecting the rights and interests of those involved in tractor trailer accidents. We will get you the compensation you deserve to help cover the costs of medical bills, physical therapy fees, vehicle repair, and even lost and/or potential wages. Call our office today at 212-564-2800 for a free consultation.
Common causes of truck accidents include:
- Inspection Failure
- Repair and Maintenance Failure
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Unlicensed driver
- Driver fatigue
- Vehicle collisions
- Mechanical or brake failure
- Backing up
- Tires blow up
- Overloaded trucks or trailers
- Loads that shift weight
However, based on an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the root of those causes of heavy truck accidents is often truck driver fatigue. The NTSB investigated 113 single-vehicle heavy truck accidents and based on the results of the analysis, they determined that fatigue is a key factor in tractor trailer accidents. Hours of service regulations are a key to preventing truck accidents and improved education of heavy truck drivers is important in implementing improved safety.
Free Legal Consultation with Brooklyn Truck Accident Lawyers
Truck accident lawsuits present a unique set of considerations including complications with the truck carrier or company, insurance companies, and attorneys representing the trucking company. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a tractor trailer contact an experienced truck accident attorney at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC. Our attorneys are dedicated to helping you recover the maximum compensation. Call us today at 212-564-2800. With offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn, we serve clients all over the New York City area, including the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk.