Febuary 20, Senator Schumer called for mandatory underide guards on tractor trailers. Underride guards are inexpensive side guards on trailers that prevent injury and save lives. Truck accident attorney John Feroleto has advocated for the simple safety guards to reduce necessary injuries in big rig crashes. Last month a western New York snowstorm resulted in […]
Trucking accidents are different from car accidents. Different safety laws apply. There are very specific rules regarding safe operation and maintenance. There are specific documents and evidence which should be secured to help win a case and fully compensate the injured party.
Our truck accident lawyers have experience. John Feroleto served as the chair of the National Interstate Trucking Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice, a national group of the top truck accident lawyers in the United States dedicated to protecting the rights of those injured or killed in trucking accident cases. This experience directly contributes to the success our clients have in dealing with insurance and trucking companies after a devastating accident.
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Considering an 18-wheeler can weigh more than 80,000 pounds and measure up to 75 feet in length, it’s not particularly surprising that truck vs. car accidents typically result in more serious injuries and fatalities than other auto accidents. Each year, some 140,000 people are injured in such accidents, with nearly 5,000 fatalities–the result being a substantial number of victims injured in a truck accident who need solid legal advice regarding the negligence of a truck driver (and likely a large corporation as well). Many of these people have their lives changed forever; often they require extensive medical treatments which may continue for years and years, resulting in astronomical medical bills and often the inability to return to work.
If you have suffered injury from a semi-truck accident, (neck injury, back injury, whiplash or other serious injuries) your medical bills are likely piling up at an alarming rate. The insurance company is probably giving you their very best runaround routine, and you are feeling frustrated and helpless as they make it difficult, if not impossible, to get the help and financial compensation you deserve. Whether you were rear-ended by a truck, or suffered a hit-and run due to the actions of an unscrupulous truck driver, an expert personal injury lawyer can make an astonishing difference in your life and the outcome of your accident claim. The highly skilled attorneys of Feroleto Law are highly skilled in dealing with insurance companies as well as with the complex regulatory issues surrounding interstate trucking accidents.
Common Causes of Trucking Accidents
In those New York truck accidents where the trucker is found to be at fault, the cause is generally attributable to driver fatigue. In a recent survey almost 20% of long-distance truckers freely admitted to falling asleep at the wheel at least once during the previous three month-period. In order to meet the strict deadlines imposed, truckers are also frequently guilty of exceeding posted speed limits, creating a dangerous environment for the smaller vehicles sharing the road. Aside from fatigue and exceeding the posted speed limits, truck accidents can result from a variety of causes such as:
- Inexperienced drivers who did not receive adequate training
- Truck drivers who drive under the influence, causing drunk driving accidents
- Truck drivers who drive too aggressively, changing lanes without proper care
- Trucks that are overloaded or over-sized
- Poorly maintained trucks, especially brakes and tires
- Inadequate or missing safety mechanisms
Even if you are simply minding your own business, following a safe distance behind an 18-wheeler on the interstate, your world can literally change in a heartbeat should the truck suffer a blowout on a worn-out or defective tire, causing the truck to lock down or skid, likely resulting in multiple crashes with serious injuries.
The truck could then lock down or skid, causing you, and everyone else behind you, to crash. Many trucking accidents are caused by truck drivers changing lanes without being sufficiently aware of the car next to him or her, often leading to multiple injuries and even fatalities. Because it can take a fast-moving semi-truck the length of a football field to come to a complete stop, there is little margin for error when driving these big trucks in traffic.
Many 18-wheeler accidents could have been prevented, whether they were due to the negligence of the truck driver or from a large trucking company so caught up in their bottom line that they neglected the safety issues of their trucks. The majority of truck driving companies show a three minute video which shows the dangers of mixing drugs and truck driving. 180 seconds is simply not adequate to ensure these new, inexperienced drivers fully understand the consequences of mixing drugs with an 80,000 pound machine. Companies need to provide much better training for their drivers before they put them on the road, have regular safety meetings, and commit to ensuring that the safety features on each and every truck on the road are in good working order.
The Aftermath of a Semi-Truck Accident
After a truck accident you may experience catastrophic injuries as well as pain and suffering—the emotional aftermath of an accident that was not your fault. Be aware that you are almost certainly entitled to personal injury damages which include property damages, compensation for medical bills, lost wages and compensation for pain and suffering for permanent injuries. Insurance adjusters may try to take advantage of your fragile state; a Buffalo, New York Lawyer who is well-versed in these specific types of accidents is imperative during this time. The highly-skilled truck accident attorneys at Feroleto Law will make sure you don’t get lost in the paper-shuffling aftermath of a trucking accident, working tirelessly to scrutinize all records and logs leading up to the accident, ultimately proving the truck driver’s negligence.
Nobody takes personal injury liability and laws as seriously as Feroleto Law. If you or a loved one has been unfortunate enough to be involved in a semi-truck accident, don’t settle for becoming one more statistic. It’s time to start healing, physically and emotionally so contact our law firm for personalized service, professional behavior, and many years of combined knowledge regarding trucking accidents.
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