At RGLZ, we’re constantly keeping on top of relevant info in our practice areas as a way to better serve our clients, and when it comes to truck accidents in New York, the available data shows some sobering figures.
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (NYDMV) reported the following statistics for large truck accidents in our state in 2010:
- 102 fatal accidents
- 393 serious injury accidents
- 74 drivers of other vehicles killed in large truck accidents
- 15 passengers killed
- 18 pedestrians killed
- 9,061 two-vehicle accidents
- 932 multiple-vehicle accidents
- The NYDMV report identified the following leading causes of large truck accidents:
- Inattentive driving
- Failure to yield right of way
- Following too closely
- Improper passing or lane usage
- Defective brakes
- Oversized vehicle
- Tire defects
- Slippery pavement
- Obstructed view
These statistics may or may not be of interest to you if you are coping with a serious injury or death of a loved one in a tractor-trailer crash. However, determining the cause of the truck accident that injured you or your family member may have a dramatic impact on your ability to recover compensation. The sooner you have an attorney on your side after a truck-related crash, the greater opportunities there will be to tap into all available financial resources.
Ample Compensation Can Greatly Ease Your Burdens After a Serious Injury Caused By a Truck Accident
Listen, we know money cannot put your life back as it was before the crash, but it can enable you to have access to the care and accommodations you need to recover as much of a rewarding lifestyle as possible. Financial resources can allow for top-notch therapy, rehabilitation and aids such as devices, home remodeling and assistive technology.
A prompt investigation offers the greatest promise of gathering evidence needed to determine the true cause(s) of a semi accident. In addition to the common causes above, our firm is adept at investigating accidents caused by overloaded trucks, defective equipment and jackknifing.
We also take a close look at logbooks to determine liability on the part of the driver. Truck drivers are required to log truck maintenance, hours spent driving and hours spent resting in a logbook. Federal laws require truck drivers to keep their logbooks for a certain length of time. Waiting too long to begin legal action can mean that this valuable resource might be lost or destroyed.
After a Long Island Truck Accident and Injury, The Partners at RGLZ Offer Free Consultations
Serving areas in and around Suffolk County and Nassau County, the New York personal injury lawyers at RGLZ have decades of experience representing truck accident victims. Our law firm handles all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, so you will pay no attorneys' fees unless we recover compensation for you.