Large commercial vehicles traverse our roads every day by the thousands.
Whether they are 18 wheelers, tankers, flatbeds, or any of the like, accidents
involving these vehicles occur routinely while carrying any number of
consumer goods that people use regularly.
Trucking accidents can particularly occur when commercial trucks are overloaded, the loads
are unsecured, or they are towing unstable loads such as construction
equipment, mobile homes, or motor vehicles.
Poughkeepsie truck accident attorneys have seen many cases of serious injury which
could have been avoided if trucking companies properly secured their cargo
and load. For these companies, time is money. And taking an extra 10 minutes
at every stop adds up. Some companies take the risk to increase profits
by moving quicker while possibly subjecting themselves—and others
around them—to danger.
U.S. Department of Transportation oversees trucking laws created by the federal government as well as relevant
state laws. Such issues regulated are driver fatigue, safety requirements,
weight limits, among others. There is an extensive matrix of rules and
regulations for trucking companies and drivers to follow. Weight restrictions
are heavily regulated. You may have seen during your time driving the
various signs that state the weight limit restrictions posted on the side
of roadways. Freight carriers must know the weight of their cargo. Truck
operators must use the appropriate roads that have been designated to
carry various maximum weights. Moreover, speed limitations are placed
on certain trucks and special safety equipment must be on board.
The potential for very serious harm is high when a Poughkeepsie trucking
accident occurs. Should the owner and or operator of a commercial truck
fail to adhere to these restrictions, they could be liable for any accidents
and injuries that occur. Cargo that hasn’t been loaded properly,
causing imbalance, or cargo not adequately secured, are known as frequent
causes of accident resulting in the rise of liability.
Consider the type of harm that can come from cargo falling off of a truck,
whether due to excessive weight or improperly secured doors. Imagine the
harm that can come from a truck rolling over because the load weight was
not distributed correctly. Tire blow-outs cause loss of vehicle control
and cause injury. In wrongful death cases, you may be awarded considerable
damages including punitive damages.
Motorists see in person or on the television that these types of accidents
occur quite often, not only in Poughkeepsie, but throughout the Mid-Hudson
Valley region. Just any attorney may not be able to help in the same way
that an experienced Poughkeepsie truck accident attorney can when you
or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a negligent trucking
company or driver.
Our trucking accident attorneys at Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor,
P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of
personal injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious personal injury accidents,
particularly throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident, please
do not hesitate to contact us by calling 845-340-HURT (4878) or toll free
at 866-440-4452, or by using the
convenient contact form here.