Trucks run through Mid-Hudson Valley roads ever day and every night, including
Poughkeepsie. These vehicles weigh enormous amounts and when involved
in an accident,
wrongful death or serious bodily and
brain injury may result to those caught up in the accident. While sometimes the accident
was an unavoidable tragedy, other times a
Poughkeepsie trucking accident would not have occurred if the driver was not sleep deprived, under the
influence of a substance, or simply inattentive.
Accidents involving trucks may be a truck rollover. Larger automobiles
such as SUVs or freight carriers are ‘top-heavy’ which lends
more towards the occurrence of vehicle roll over. Such can happen when
taking a turn too fast, or when running off the side of a road. Any number
of things may cause a truck to run off the road. These include inattentive
driving, tire blowouts, and even truck design defects. Of course, the
use of legal and illicit substances may have led to the accident, or sudden
and violent stopping may be the cause. Weight shift of cargo may cause
a roll over. Sleep deprivation is another common cause. All of these causes
need to be thoroughly investigated by an experienced Poughkeepsie truck
accident attorney; these issues can prove your case.
Possibly more disastrous that an SUV accident is the crash that involves
‘big-rigs’, what are also known as 18 wheelers. The same accident
causes apply to these vehicles as well. But these large vehicles have
additional complications. For example, big rigs can jack-knife. This is
when the cargo container slides into a 90 degree position with the driver
cabin. Typically this happens when the trucker stopped suddenly, like
when slamming on the breaks of the vehicle. Jack-Knife collisions are
violent and may clear away every object in the truck’s path.
The freight carried by the 18 wheeler may not have been properly secured.
When this happens, the cargo weight can move around, shifting the distribution
of the load which places too much stress on a single portion of the vehicle.
The result is losing control of the truck which might include veering
off of the road and even roll over causing a Poughkeepsie trucking accident.
Tire blow outs are common as well and may be entirely preventable had the
vehicle been properly maintained. Even stopping too quickly may cause
a blow out. As we also discussed recently in another blog post, unsecured
loads or overloaded cargo can cause significant injuries and death to
innocent bystanders as well.
You should also know that small type commercial trucks like the common
delivery or box truck are also the cause of numerous Poughkeepsie trucking
accident. These vehicles limit a driver’s visibility and if operated
improperly, such limited visibility may become a liability. Box trucks
may also have been improperly loaded and maintained, but moreover, these
trucks drive more often on smaller streets and make frequent sudden stops.
As you may presume from what you have already read, this may be a recipe
for disaster. Just like other drivers, these professionals owe a duty
to pedestrians and other motorists to prevent avoidable collisions.
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. 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
convenient contact form here.