Truck Accidents in New York

The Institute for Safety Management & Research (ITSMR), a non-profit organization affiliated with the State University of New York at Albany, reports that in 2020 there were 14,259  accidents in New York involving large trucks; 76 of these accidents resulted in fatalities, and nearly 3,000 resulted in non-fatal personal injuries. Statistics for 2021 were even higher. We rely on commercial trucks to supply us with food and other necessities, but these numbers illustrate the inherent dangers that exist when large vehicles share the road with passenger cars, motorcycles, and pedestrians.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Driver Fatigue

Even though the U.S. Department of Transportation regulates the number of hours that drivers may work in a day or in a week, commercial truck drivers are usually working on a tight schedule and under pressure to make deliveries on time. This may lead to inaccurate reporting and to drivers exceeding the mandated number of hours on the road. Even when a driver follows the rules, they are allowed to drive for up to 11 hours in one shift, and 70 hours over eight days. That can lead to boredom, fatigue, and inattention. A small lapse in concentration can lead to disaster in a vehicle weighing up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded.

Faulty Equipment

Faulty brakes, missing mirrors, and other mechanical problems cause thousands of accidents each year. Mechanical problems may be the result of poorly done inspections, failure to do regular inspections, or a manufacturing error.

Improper Loading/Storage

Failure to properly load or secure cargo can cause the load to shift during transport, making the vehicle unstable, especially during sudden braking or other quick maneuvers. Improper storage of hazardous materials can cause spills or leakage that is hazardous to other drivers and pedestrians after an accident.

What to Do After an Accident

The cause of an accident may not be apparent immediately after it happens.

  1. Take as many photos of the scene as possible
  2. Write down as many details as you can remember
  3. Never admit fault to a passenger in your car, the driver of the truck, a bystander, or an investigator at the scene

Even if you believe you may be at fault for the accident, you may not have enough information to know for sure what happened. Any statement admitting fault or suggesting that you were at fault may be used by an insurance investigator, or in court.

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If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a truck, do not waste time. Crucial evidence can disappear. Memories may fade. Witnesses may move away. Swift action by an experienced accident investigator will increase your chances of recovery for your medical expenses, property damage, and other damages. The accident lawyers at Mirman, Markovits & Landau, PC are available at your convenience for a free consultation and case evaluation. Learn more about us here or call us at 212-227-4000.