Parker Waichman LLP’s Huntington truck accident lawyers are dedicated to one purpose: helping their clients regains financial security through personal injury compensation. Parker Waichman LLP’s Huntington truck collision lawyers emphasize with the insecurity and anxiety truck accident victims and their families experience after a loved one suffers a severe or catastrophic injury in a truck collision. Moreover, Parker Waichman LLP’s wrongful death truck accident lawyers want their clients to focus on grieving the loss of their loved one while the attorneys fight for justice for the victim and his or her family.
Parker Waichman LLP Fights for the Best Possible Outcome for their Clients
Parker Waichman LLP’s truck collision trial lawyers promise to pursue damages aggressively on behalf of their clients. They understand that no sum of money will return their clients’ lives to the way it was before the accident. However, Parker Waichman LLP’s lawyers believe in justice. Justice, in the context of a Huntington large truck accident, is holding those responsible for the accident liable for the damage the truck driver inflicted on the victim of the crash, as well as the victim’s family.
Parker Waichman LLP’s experienced Huntington 18-wheeler accident lawyers know from their vast experience that those who are legally responsible for the crash may be other entities besides the truck driver. From handling hundreds of big rig accident cases in New York and across the country, Parker Waichman LLP’s lawyers understand that the trucking company, truck manufacturer, distributors, wholesalers, and manufacturers could share in the legal liability for the accident.
Truck Accidents in Huntington, New York Can Lead to Catastrophic Injuries and Death
The size and weight of an 18-wheeler contrasted with a sedan, sports utility vehicle, or even a pickup truck, never mind that of amotorcyclist or bicyclist creates a dangerous situation in the event of a collision. The smaller vehicle tends to suffer the most significant damage in a crash between an 18-wheeler and a smaller car. Furthermore, the height of the large truck, with its high center of gravity, forces the weight of the truck out of balance, causing jackknife and rollover accidents.
The size and weight, also the weight distribution means that truck collisions differ from the average car accident. The standard 18-wheeler measures 53 feet in length and is allowed to have a gross vehicle weight of 80,000 pounds. The length and weight of a tractor-trailer truck dramatically reduce maneuverability and stopping response time of the vehicle, and when traveling at highway speeds, can impart tremendous and lethal force against the smaller vehicle.
New York Truck Accident Statistics
In 2017, the Institute for Traffic Safety and Research published a fact sheet regarding large truck crashes in New York. The basis of the statistics published come from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles records. In 2016, 1,029 people died in motor vehicle accidents in New York. Among those, 97 were truck accident fatalities. Although that number is only 9% of the total, the overwhelming majority of those killed in 18-wheeler accidents were in the smaller car. In addition, 3,860 people suffered injuries of varying degrees after a collision with a semi-truck.
The time of day is highly relevant when assessing the dangers of sharing a New York road with a tractor-trailer truck. An incredible 88% of all fatal and collisions inflicting personal injuries occur between Monday and Friday. Also, 81% of those collisions occurred between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. These numbers make sense because the days and times referenced are the busiest days and hours on New York roads.
Another interesting statistic cited by the Institute for Traffic Safety and Research is the frequency that multiple vehicles were involved in collisions with large trucks. The figures indicate that 88% of all fatal and personal injury accidents involving tractor-trailer trucks involved at least one other vehicle. That means only 12% of all of the truck accidents in 2016 solely included the large truck. By contrast, 69% of passenger vehicles accidents are multiple vehicle crashes.
Truck Accident Injuries
The forces generated by a large truck in a collision with a smaller car. The forces make the occupants of the smaller car vulnerable to death or severe bodily injury in a collision with a semi-truck. Parker Waichman LLP’s Huntington truck accident lawyers have represented clients whose bodies were ravaged in a collision with a large truck. The most common injuries Parker Waichman LLP’s clients suffered in an 18-wheeler accident are:
- Broken bones,
- Spinal cord injuries,
- Head and neck injuries,
- Traumatic brain injury,
- Internal injuries,
- Second and third-degree burns,
- Dislocated joints,
- So-called soft tissue injuries like whiplash, as well as additional strains and sprains, and
Causes of Truck Accidents in Huntington, Long Island
Tractor-trailer truck accidents occur for a variety of reasons but the mechanism of the accident, or the manner in which vehiclescontact each other, are limited. Tractor-trailer truck accidents are frequently:
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The possible causes of Huntington truck accidents are numerous. Most often, large truck collisions occur when the driver losescontrol over the load. When the driver loses control over the weight by speeding, for example, the truck driver can oversteer and cause the trailer to jackknife. At that point, the tractor could roll over, or the sliding trailer could override another car on the road. Other motorists are at an elevated risk of underriding the trailer if the rig slides into a jackknife.
Truck drivers can lose control over their rigs when driving while fatigued. Semi-truck operators must comply with the strict rules issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCA) regarding the number of hours a truck driver can be on duty as well as being behind the wheel. Drivers who refuse to comply with these mandates endangers all other on the road. These restrictions were instituted to protect other motorists as well as the truck drivers themselves.
Notwithstanding these strict limitations, truck drivers continue to push the limits and drive while fatigued. Large truck drivers say that one of the reasons why they push as long as they can despite driving hour limitations is due to pressure applied by the trucking companies for whom drivers work. These companies impose tight deadlines on deliveries and frequently over-promise when their shipment may arrive. The burden then falls on the 18-wheeler operator to make up for any delays. Those deadlines mean truck drivers must drive while fatigued, which is a violation of federal regulations itself and violating the rules relating to time on duty and behind the wheel.
Driving while fatigued is dangerous because feeling tired impairs the judgment of the operator. Additionally, fatigued driving slows reaction time, blurs vision, and dulls the senses. There is no allowance for error with a large truck. Even nodding off for one millisecond could cause the driver to lose control over the load, ending in disaster.
Statutes of Limitations in Huntington Truck Collision Legal Claims
The Statute of Limitations in New York for personal injury claims is three years from the date of the accident. Additionally, any claims of negligent infliction of emotional damage are also three years. The three-year time frame does not allow for procrastination. The three-year period allows for victims to investigate their claims fully and reach a medical end result with their injuries. Furthermore, the three-year statute of limitations protects potential defendants from claims that happened in the distant past, thereby depriving them of an opportunity of fairly defending the claim.
Any victim with a claim for damages from a Huntington truck accident must not wait until the very last minute before filing a claim. Doing so places the victim at an extreme disadvantage and highly prejudices his or her claim. The most successful truck accident claims begin shortly after the accident. Getting Parker Waichman LLP’s Huntington truck accident attorneys involved in the victim’s claim as soon as possible significantly increases the accident victim’s chances of winning a substantial monetary award.
Helpful Emergency Contact Information
The Suffolk County Police Department’s law enforcement officers respond to truck crashes in Huntington and elsewhere in Suffolk County. Officers assigned to the Suffolk County Police Department’s Second Precinct located at 1071 Park Avenue patrol Huntington. The Second Precinct’s business phone line is 631-854-8200.
Huntington Hospital is the closest Emergency Department servicing Huntington and its surrounding towns. The medical facility is located at 270 Park Avenue, and the hospital’s phone number is 631-351-2000.
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With over $2 billion in damages recovered for their clients, decades of collective experience, and a host of national awards recognizing Parker Waichman LLP’s professionalism and dedication to their clients, you and your family can rest assured that Parker Waichman LLP’s Huntington truck crash lawyers will vigorously represent your rights.
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