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Truck Accidents Archives

Hours-of-service requirements for truck drivers

Traveling on New York's roads for long, uninterrupted periods of time can make almost anyone feel fatigued. A fatigued driver is a dangerous driver given the impact that drowsiness can have on one's reaction times while behind the wheel. Those whose jobs require them to drive for extended lengths (such as truck drivers) are encouraged to not push themselves to becoming physically exhausted on the road, as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that fatigue is cited as a cause in 13 percent of commercial vehicle accidents. 

Which factors can contribute to truck rollover accidents?

Nearly any type of large truck accident you can imagine is terrifying to think about. From being t-boned or rear-ended by a commercial truck to getting hit head-on or involved in a chain reaction crash, you and other New Yorkers could face serious injuries or death when confronted by a semi on the road. Another frightening, potentially devastating and common type of truck accident is a rollover crash.

Where does liability lie in multi-car crashes?

When New York drivers get into a two-car accident, determining who's at fault can already be a tricky task. Add more cars to the equation and you have an even more complicated problem. Just how is fault determined when it comes to a crash that involves multiple vehicles?

Trucker rear ends, kills car driver

Most drivers in New York have at some point been next to, behind or directly in front of a semi truck or some other very large commercial vehicle on the road. This experience can often make a person in a regular passenger car feel dwarfed and have a new realization of and appreciation for the sheer size and weight of these big rigs. These factors most certainly can make an accident with one of these trucks very serious for people in cars, pickup trucks and SUVs.

Facts about truck accidents

New York city streets are busy places, and accidents are not uncommon. When a large truck is involved, it increases the chances for more extreme injuries and damages. At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, we understand the risks of being involved in a truck accident. It can be a very difficult situation because of the complex insurance issues and the involvement of the trucking company. You can educate yourself about these accidents to learn more about the risks of getting into one and why they occur.

Truck accident claims lives of 2 New Yorkers

When people are involved in a large truck accident, the outcome can be especially perilous. Not only does it take large truck drivers longer to slow down, but the massive size of their trucks can make a collision even more devastating. In Manhattan, and on roads across New York, it is essential for those who drive a semi, delivery truck or other large truck to understand the importance of preventing these accidents.

Sleep-deprived truckers are a disaster waiting to happen

If you don't believe that drowsiness, sleep deprivation and fatigue present any real danger, consider the fact that history blames sleep deprivation for disasters such as the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger, the Exxon Valdez oil spill and the nuclear explosion in Chernobyl. One drowsy driver isn't going to cause that kind of devastation, but it's not just one drowsy driver. Research indicates that approximately 168 million people drove without adequate sleep last year.

A safety review of trucks

The majority of accidents with trucks occur in one of the four "no-zones." A no-zone is an area around the truck that is exceptionally dangerous because of the structure of the trucks. This post is specifically addressing big rigs with attached tractor-trailers. There are no-zones around every vehicle, including passenger cars, but in those situations, they are often called "blind spots."

Some safe driving tips from a trucking organization

The American Trucking Association (or "ATA") put out some guidelines for drivers interacting with trucks. Trucks are an altogether different beast and, unless you were a former trucker, you probably do not appreciate how dangerous they are. Sure, it is easy to note the size and loudness of the trucks but it is hard to imagine how destructive and hard to control they can be. This article will discuss the various safety tips on how to interact with trucks and, hopefully, avoid accidents.

Things to know before seeing an attorney, pt. 2

Truck accidents are devastating, far more devastating than a run-of-the-mill crash between two midsize sedans. As discussed in a prior article, they are also complicated to litigate. This article is part two and sums up the rest of the information you should bring to a meetingg with an attorney. What will follow is broken down into three categories that establish the harm you suffered and the amount of money you need in compensation.

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