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Truck Accident

When You Need a New York Truck Accident Lawyer

On the road, a car is no match for a truck in a collision. Large commercial trucks may be carrying loads that make allow them to weigh up to 80,000 pounds, and their large size and weight mean that they have much more momentum in a collision than would be experienced by a car. This means that it takes a lot longer for the larger trucks to stop. Because of the difference in size, a driver or passenger of a car is much more likely to suffer a serious injury than the driver of a large truck. Getting adequate compensation for this type of injury can be a complex challenge, as more than one party may be found negligent. The legal professionals at the Law Offices of G. Oliver Koppell & Associates of New York are dedicated to getting you the compensation you need if you’ve been injured in a truck accident.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

It is crucial that all drivers of cars on today’s roads and highways be aware of the fact that trucks do not move in the same way that cars do. Drivers of cars must understand that trucks have less visibility to see drivers sharing the roadways and highways with them, and trucks are unable to stop suddenly. Some of the most common causes of truck accidents caused by the drivers of cars include:

  • Changing lanes suddenly in front of a truck.
  • Driving in a truck’s blind spots.
  • Turning in front of an oncoming truck.
  • Unsafe lane changing or passing.

However, truck drivers may also be the cause of serious accidents. Often, it happens because of unrealistic schedules and deadlines that are set by trucking companies that demand that drivers speed to destinations within a given time period. Also, although there are rules as to how many hours a truck driver may be on the road, many drivers go over these limits and risk becoming sleep impaired on the roads, which can lead to a serious accident with other vehicles. Inadequate training may also be a factor leading to a tragic accident.

Commercial Vehicle Regulations

Due to the very large size of commercial vehicles and the prevalence of them on today’s roads, these vehicles and their operation are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA. The goal of this organization, which is a branch of the Department of Transportation, or DOT, is to prevent truck accidents on the roads and to keep dangerous drivers off the highways as well. Trucking companies must obey the regulations set forth by the FMCSA, or they can be found negligent if someone is injured by one of their trucks in a collision. The FMCSA mandates that truck drivers follow strict rules regarding the amounts of time they can drive, taking rest periods, and also periodic drug and alcohol testing. Trucks must also be inspected regularly for proper maintenance. When truck drivers do not follow these rules and regulations, serious accidents can happen.

Call to Schedule a Free Consultation with a New York Truck Accident Lawyer Today

If you’ve been injured in a collision with a large commercial truck, call to schedule a free consultation with a New York truck accident lawyer today. The legal experts at the Law Offices of G. Oliver Koppell & Associates have over forty years of experience working with personal injury cases related to truck and car accidents and understand all of the laws involved. We will work hard to get you the compensation that you need and deserve in these types of cases. We serve the cities of Yonkers, Nassau, Westchester, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and surrounding New York communities. Call us at 800-544-0484 and let us investigate your case to bring you justice and a peace of mind necessary to recover successfully after an accident with a truck.

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