Approximately seventy feet long and nine feet wide, weighing around ten
tons without a trailer, nearing sixteen tons with an empty trailer, and
as much as forty tons with a full trailer, big rigs barrel down highways
and byways with an enormous amount of potential destruction.
It is because of these facts that
experienced Newburgh, New York truck accident attorneys know tractor-trailer accidents are different and deadlier than accidents
that which involve vehicles other than big rigs. But of course, tractor-trailers
are harder to control, maneuver, and stop as compared to the regular four-wheeled vehicle.
Since tractor-trailers are unique, so too are the accidents in which they
are involved. Common big rig accidents are wheel blowouts, undercarriage
accidents, jack knife accidents, and accidents caused by unsecured loads,
improperly loaded cargo, and or overloaded cargo.
When tractor-trailers are involved in roadway accidents, death or disfigurement
is almost certain. The truck usually wins in the wreck, meaning that the
other vehicle will suffer more damage; the occupants therein will suffer
greater injury; and the likelihood for casualties is greater.
While anything under the sun can cause
tractor-trailer accidents, it is common to see causes such as drowsy driving, falling asleep at
the wheel, speeding, tailgating, driving drunk or under the influence
of drugs, inexperience, improper maintenance, and various other violations
of state and federal laws.
What also makes big rig accidents different is that they are commercial
vehicles. They are used to transport goods and the driver is typically
working for someone else in order to carry out the task. As with any employer-employee
relationship, the employer may be called to pay for the employee’s
negligence. But it can also add another character that may have committed
negligence, meaning that the employee and/or the employer may have negligently
caused the accident.
For example, the employer may be charged with negligent hiring and or negligent
retention of an employee. The employer may have failed to properly repair
and maintain the truck. The employer may have even forced the employee
to drive longer hours or with excessive payloads. Such would not be a
surprise to the industry. Gas is expensive and out of trucking company
control; toll fees too must be paid. With a thin margin, cutting corners
and pushing limits becomes the norm for some people. Thankfully, the laws
of New York can help.
Victims of trucking accidents can recover medical costs, rehabilitation
costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, just to name a few items that which
are caused by the negligence of a trucker and or trucking company.
Our personal injury 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 car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
what our clients are saying about us here and learn about just some of our
successful results here. 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
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