Semi-trucks play an important role in our society and economy. They can be found on America’s roadways seven days a week, 365 days a year. Without them, we would not have access to the food and other goods we enjoy on a daily basis.
However, traveling on the roadways with these large trucks can be dangerous. In 2016, 3,986 people in the United States were killed in accidents involving semi-trucks. This is the highest number since 2008 when the number of fatalities reached 4,017. New York has one of the highest rates of truck accident fatalities. Those who survive these types of crashes often end up with long-term or even permanent injuries.
That’s why if you or a loved one was involved in a truck accident, immediate legal help should be a priority. Accidents involving large trucks can be very complicated and too much for the average person to handle on their own.
Fatal Crash Data for Semi-Trucks
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in 17 percent of semi-truck occupants killed in accidents in 2016, speed was a factor. Nearly 40 percent of semi-truck occupants who were killed were not wearing a seatbelt. 61 percent of semi-truck accidents occurred on rural roads, while another 21 percent occurred in work zones. In six percent of the accidents, the semi-truck driver was distracted. 16 percent of these cases involved cellphone use.
Causes of Long Island Truck Accidents
There are many reasons why truck accidents occur. One of the biggest factors is the stopping distance for semi-trucks. Your passenger vehicle may weight two tons, while the average semi-truck weighs 20 tons for more. This extra weight makes it harder for the semi-truck to stop quickly. When traveling at 40 mph, it can take a semi-truck driver an extra 45 feet to come to a complete stop, when compared to the driver of a passenger vehicle.
Poor maintenance is another issue. Many accidents are caused by issues with the truck’s brakes, tires, engine, and other parts. This is due to wear and tear, as these trucks are driven hundreds of miles a day. Without regular maintenance, these parts quickly wear out and lead to fatal accidents.
Fatigue and pressure are also common causes of accidents. While truck drivers are limited to 11 hours of driving per day, sometimes they are pressured by their employers to drive longer. This can lead to fatigue, and an overly tired driver is almost as dangerous as a drunk driver.
Contact a New York Truck Accident Attorney Today
Semi-truck accidents are often very serious. It is rare for a passenger vehicle to collide with a semi-truck and not have anyone injured or killed.
If you were not hurt in a semi-truck crash, consider yourself lucky. If you were, know that help is available. New York truck accident attorney Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. can help you become whole again after such a terrible crash. Fill out the online form or call (212) 518-2095 to get started.