Truck Accident Lawyers Helping Victims of Serious Injuries
Collisions with 18-wheelers or other large commercial trucks often result in serious, life-threatening or even fatal injuries to the occupants of a smaller, lighter vehicle. It is a common misconception that accidents involving a commercial vehicle are simply accidents involving a larger vehicle. The truck industry is heavily regulated, and these cases involve a complex interplay of state and federal regulations. If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident causing serious personal injury or wrongful death, the lawyers from Dupée & Monroe, P.C. have the experience and advocacy skill to aggressively represent your interests and help you obtain maximum compensation from a negligent truck driver or trucking company.
Common Causes of New York Trucking Accidents
According to the National Transportation Safety Board, driver error is a leading cause of truck accidents in New York. The trucking industry is dependent on delivering goods as quickly as possible, with penalties for late delivery and financial bonuses often given for deliveries ahead of schedule. Truckers are often under immense pressure to drive faster and for longer periods to meet those goals. These pressures often lead to speeding, reckless and aggressive driving and driver fatigue. To combat fatigue, many truckers rely on stimulants to stay awake. Stimulants have been shown to decrease attention and when the stimulants wear off, the effects of fatigue are often greatly enhanced.
Due to their enormous size and weight when compared to passenger vehicles, tractor-trailers can cause significant damage when they collide with a smaller vehicle. Large trucks require greater stopping time and distance to avoid an impact with another vehicle or maneuver around a road hazard. Inexperienced or inattentive drivers often fail to maintain a safe driving distance from other motorists. Truck drivers may also fail to see motorists in their blind spots in the front, rear and sides of the truck, leading to auto accidents when turning, backing up or changing lanes.
Trucking companies are also responsible for causing truck accidents. Improperly loaded trucks can become unbalanced when the load shifts, causing the driver to lose control. The trucking company is responsible for properly maintaining the truck, including regularly inspecting the tires and brakes and making sure the truck is properly equipped with the required safety features. The attorneys at Dupée & Monroe, P.C. understand the importance of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations and know how to investigate whether FMCSA rules were properly followed, or whether any violations caused or contributed to an accident.
Experienced Attorneys with a Record of Results
If you have been injured in a truck accident, trust your representation to a law firm with an established track record of successfully obtaining compensation for accident victims. Contact Dupée & Monroe, P.C. today for a free consultation.