Tractor-trailer and other heavy trucks are susceptible to the same types of accidents that cars may be involved in. However, due to their size, weight and unique handling characteristics, there are some types of truck crashes that are particularly common or unique to trucks.
When any sort of accident involves a large truck, the injuries and property damage are usually much greater than if the crash had involved only passenger vehicles. This makes it even more important to get help from an experienced Long Island truck accident lawyer if you have been the victim of crash involving a semi, box truck or other large commercial vehicle.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in any type of truck accident, you have the right to seek full compensation from the responsible parties. At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, our truck accident attorneys provide focused, results-oriented representation to clients in all types of these cases.
Talk to one of our attorneys about your case. Contact us today for a free consultation. Our Long Island trucking accident lawyers represent clients in Nassau County, Suffolk County, Queens and across New York City. Se habla español.
How Truck Accidents Happen
Truck accidents are different from car accidents in many ways. These differences include the way in which many truck accidents occur. Their massive size and weight cause trucks to maneuver, stop and accelerate differently from lightweight cars. The design of many trucks also makes impacts different from a collision that involves cars of similar size and design.
Some of the most common types of truck accidents include:
- When an 18-wheeler or tractor-trailer jackknifes, it puts everyone on the road in danger. The trailer can drift into an adjacent lane of traffic in jackknife accidents, potentially hitting other vehicles or creating serious road hazards due to blocked traffic lanes or debris from spilled loads.
- Rear-end collisions. A fully loaded tractor-trailer can weigh 80,000 pounds or more. According to the basic laws of physics, it will take a heavy truck much farther to stop. When truck drivers speed or follow too closely, the potential for a rear-end collision skyrockets.
- Head-on collisions. Any time two vehicles strike each other head on, the results are likely to be devastating. When one of those vehicles is a heavy truck, the outcome is often even worse. These kinds of accidents may happen when a truck crosses the median or center line – in many cases due to trucker fatigue.
- Most large trucks and the trailers they pull lack rear bumpers. This may allow a passenger car to slide under the trailer or truck body in an impact. One study found that underride happened in three-quarters of all rear-end collisions that involved a car that collided with the rear of large truck. These accidents can cause very serious injuries and are often fatal.
- Spilled cargo. Heavy trucks haul tons of cargo. If the load is not put on the truck properly and secured properly, it may fall off the truck and strike another vehicle or cause a serious accident when other drivers try to avoid the debris.
- Rollover accidents. Trucks have a very high center of gravity, which makes them prone to tipping This can happen when a trucker takes a turn too fast or when a truck driver swerves to avoid a collision. This problem is made worse when cargo is not loaded properly, allowing it to shift in the trailer or cargo area of the truck.
- Bridge strikes. Trucks are much taller than cars. Some trucks are unable to fit under bridges, overpasses and other structures that cross the roadway. When a truck driver does not pay attention to the height of the truck and the clearance of upcoming obstacles, the truck can collide with the structure and cause a serious accident.
- Large trucks – and particularly 18-wheelers – require much more space to turn and maneuver. If a truck driver turns improperly or makes a lane change without checking for traffic, a sideswipe accident may result.
Experienced Long Island Semi-Truck Accident Injury Lawyers
At Cohen & Jaffe, our extensive experience and complete understanding of the law in these matters allow us to take a much more proactive approach to obtaining a favorable outcome for our clients. We understand the types of injuries that can happen in these accidents, and we know what kind of compensation is typically required to facilitate your recovery. We pursue every available option in an effort to protect your interests.
We have experience handling all types of truck accidents that arise due to any cause, including the following:
- Driving too fast for road conditions
- Truck driver fatigue
- Improperly loaded cargo
- Failure to follow safety regulations
- Impaired driving, including drunk driving and misuse of legal medications
- Distracted driving
- Following too closely and having to brake suddenly
- Accidents on wet, snow-covered or icy roads
- Failure to reduce speed for a curve in the road or an obstacle
- Brake malfunctions and other issues related to improper maintenance
- Aggressive driving
- Fatal accidents
When you hire our firm, we will identify all negligent parties and seek full compensation on your behalf, including medical care, lost wages, property damage and future care.
Call our Long Island personal injury law firm at 866-878-6774 or email us and we will respond immediately. Our Long Island trucking accident attorneys offer a free consultation, including home and hospital visits.