Truck Accident Attorneys in Long Island
Truck accidents can be catastrophic due to the massive size and weight of the trucks; and the damage from a truck accident can be extensive, leading to serious or fatal injuries. Truck accidents and truck safety are particularly important in places such as Long Island, which has many busy roads and highways. Crashes involving trucks and other large vehicles are particularly worrisome in Long Island because certain roads, including the Southern State Parkway, are notorious for the high rate of traffic incidents.
Filing a truck accident lawsuit may be different from other types of personal injury lawsuits because truck drivers are subject to various federal rules and regulations.
Parker Waichman LLP, a personal injury law firm with headquarters on Long Island, has decades of experience successfully representing clients in motor vehicle accident lawsuits. If you or someone you know was injured in a truck accident on Long Island, contact one of our personal injury attorneys today. Our firm offers free, no-obligation legal consultations. Our accident attorneys also work on a contingency fee, meaning you only pay lawyers’ fees if we win your case.
Long Island Truck Accidents and Injuries
Given the large size and massive weight of trucks, truck crashes often lead to severe if not deadly accidents. Injuries associated with truck accidents and other motor vehicle accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI), ranging from a mild concussion to cognitive issues and deficits
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Back injuries such as a herniated disc
- Blunt force trauma to the chest
- Broken bones
- Facial injuries
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
- Soft tissue injuries
In 2014, there were 11,848 large truck crashes in New York state, according to data from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (NYSDMV). Among these, 74 crashes were fatal and 3,760 resulted in non-fatal injuries. Property damage was reported in 8,014 large truck crashes. A total of 79 people died in fatal truck crashes, including 50 drivers, 12 passengers and 17 pedestrians.
What Causes Long Island Truck Accidents?
Speeding, drunk driving, aggressive driving, drowsy driving, and reckless driving are all factors that can increase the risk of any motor vehicle accident. However, the NYSDMV has also collected data on “crash contributing factors” for large truck crashes. These factors fall into three general categories: human factors, vehicular factors and environmental factors.
Human factors were the greatest contributor to large truck crashes, documented in over 80 percent of accidents where at least one factor was reported. Some of the most common issues contributing to New York state truck crashes in 2014 included:
- Driver inattention/distraction (18.4%)
- Failure to yield right-of-way (10.9%)
- Following too closely (15%)
- Improper lane passing or lane usage (10.2%)
- Unsafe lane changing (10.5%)
Among vehicle factors, an oversized vehicle (3.2 percent) and other vehicular factors (4 percent) were the most notable contributing factors. In crashes with environmental factors, a slippery pavement (10.3 percent) was the most reported contributing factor.
Both truck drivers and other motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians can contribute to a truck crash. A driver may continue to drive while fatigued to meet a deadline, for example. A bicyclist may ride in the truck’s blind spot, or “no-zone”. Everyone on the road needs to be attentive and cautious to avoid a disastrous accident.
Long Island’s Most Deadly Roads: Blood Alley and the Southern State Parkway
Some roads in Long Island are known to be dangerous, worsening the consequences of any large truck accidents. The Southern State Parkway has seen numerous auto accidents, so much so that officials introduced a bill to address Long Island traffic injuries and deaths. “The long and short of the bill is really saying, ‘Hey look, there are a lot of problems on this road, a lot of activity. Let’s take a look at what’s contributing to that and identify those things that we can correct,'” said Sen. John Brooks, according to Fios1 article published March 2017.
The Southern State Parkway is one of the busiest roads on Long Island. Its infrastructure has remained largely unchanged since the highway opened in 1927.
According to a 2016 study conducted by the New York State Department of Transportation, there were 10,500 crashes on the Southern State Parkway over the course of 5 years. Injuries were reported in over 3,000 crashes and 32 accidents were fatal.
One section of the Southern State Parkway is so susceptible to accidents that it has been dubbed “Blood Alley”. This 10-mile stretch extends from Exit 17 in Malverne to Exit 32 in South Farmingdale. Factors that make this road dangerous include narrow lanes, sudden and sharp turns, short entrance and exit ramps and poor lighting. A number of accidents have also occurred due to speeding.
What to Do If Injured in a Long Island Truck Accident
If you were involved in a truck accident on Long Island, seek medical attention immediately. Truck injuries are often serious or fatal. Even if your truck accident appears to be minor, you should consider seeing a doctor immediately. Additionally, certain injuries such as a TBI or soft tissue injuries take longer to appear. In terms of litigation, medical records are proof of your injury. If you choose to file a truck accident lawsuit later, these records help strengthen your case.
With any personal injury case, our attorneys strongly recommend that you document the accident if possible. This includes taking photos of the accident scene and your injuries. Any time you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, you should also take down the other driver’s license plate number and contact information. Statements from eyewitnesses are also helpful.
Keep in mind that the other party’s insurance company is always looking for a reason to say that the accident was your fault. Therefore, do not apologize or say “sorry” following an accident. The insurance company could later use your words against you.
Contact an experienced personal injury attorney for more information about filing a Long Island truck accident lawsuit. You only have a limited amount of time to sue, so we encourage you to call us today.
Filing a Long Island Truck Accident Lawsuit
If you or someone you know is interested in filing a personal injury lawsuit involving a truck accident that occurred on Long Island, contact one of our Long Island accident attorneys today. Parker Waichman offers free, no-obligation case evaluations. For more information, fill out our online form or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).
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