The common causes of truck accidents include traveling outside of their lane, losing control after driving too fast, and rear-end collisions, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Both federal and state authorities impose regulations and restrictions on commercial drivers, including those who drive large trucks or regular-sized trucks for commercial purposes. Just because these regulations and restrictions occur does not mean that every truck driver follows them.
Traveling outside of their lane, losing control of their truck after driving too fast, and rear-end collisions are among the list of common causes of truck accidents, there are other specific causes of truck accidents, including:
Because large truck drivers overwork themselves, their lack of sleep leads to excessive fatigue. It is not uncommon for large truck drivers to be on the road for many hours with few breaks. This driver fatigue is typically the result of truck companies demanding that drivers complete deliveries in a short timeframe. That puts a significant amount of stress and pressure on truck drivers to meet those deadlines. When drivers experience too much fatigue, they lose concentration, coordination, or fall asleep.
It is not uncommon for drivers to get bored after spending hours on the road while traveling long distances. As a result, they look at things like their phone to help keep them occupied. Staving off this boredom is one of the common causes of truck accidents.
Drug and Alcohol Use
While on the job, many large truck drivers are guilty of using drugs and alcohol. Some drivers use these substances while stopping along their route. However, others push the limits by using them while behind the wheel. As a result, their driving is impaired, and that often leads to a truck accident.
Over Speeding or Overtaking
Because trucking companies put demanding deadlines on their drivers, that pressure leads to driving over the speed limit. When drivers overtake another vehicle, that forces them to veer off the road and potentially get into an accident. Driving at excessive speeds causes trucks to lose their inability to stop quickly, and, as a result, they veer into other lanes.
Poor Truck Maintenance or Driver Training
Truck drivers must meet minimum requirements regarding training before putting their vehicles on the road. Because some truck drivers do not adhere to these requirements, it leads to a poorly trained truck driver on roadways. These same drivers must also ensure their truck is running at top condition and properly maintained. Failing to meet these two requirements lead to accidents.
Time Limits for Filing a New York Truck Accident Claim
New York Civil Practice Law and Rules § 214 outlines that if victims experience a truck accident, they have three years to file actions. This ruling is in place to assist victims regarding ensuring they receive much-needed compensation for personal injuries and (or) property damage. This statute’s date starts on the same date as the truck accident.
Failing to meet the filing deadline could lead to attorneys not being able to take the claim to court. That is why victims must act in a timely manner when pursuing compensation for injuries and losses resulting from a negligent truck driver.
Recoverable Damages for a New York Trucking Accident
There are countless impacts a victim and their family could experience following a truck accident, up to and including death. Our team makes it their primary focus to ensure all victims receive the compensation they need and deserve for past and future economic losses. Examples of these recoverable damages include:
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of wages or employment
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disabilities
You do not have to let a negligent truck driver, or any other motorist, take advantage of you after you suffered losses and injuries related to an accident. You have the right to pursue legal action, and you have a right to legal representation from the beginning of the process.
Morelli Law Firm Can Help You Pursue Fair Compensation
Our truck accident attorneys at Morelli Law Firms want to help victims following one of these types of accidents. We can help by filing procedures, analyzing regulations, and assessing recoverable damages. We handle truck accident cases involving the following:
- Truck malfunction or defect
- Driver error
- Drunk driving accidents
- Highway defects
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Pedestrian accidents
- Whiplash and other common car accident injuries
You have the right to legal representation when pursuing compensation after a truck accident. If you suffer from injuries following a major truck accident, we are available to help recover compensation that you deserve and need. Call Morelli Law Firm today at (212) 751-9800, so we can review your case today.