Brooklyn has an estimated 2.6 million residents, which makes it the most populated borough of New York City. Essential to Brooklyn and the rest of the city are tractor trailers, semis, big rigs, and 18-wheelers. Brooklyn and New York City have one of the most complex street systems in the world, and thousands of trucks make deliveries and pick up cargo from Brooklyn stores and producers every day. Unfortunately, trucks are often the source of accidents and injuries. In 2013, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles reported that there were 11,452 large truck crashes. Many of these accidents occur right in the middle of the city.
What Leads to Tractor-Trailer Accidents on Brooklyn Roads?
With many roads including the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, Gowanus Expressway, Prospect Expressway, Belt Parkway, and Jackie Robinson Parkway large trucks come in and out of the city. Trucks exit and enter these major roads and on to more local roads which causes accidents.
Truck accidents are often complex accidents that are the result of multiple factors, but some of the most common types of accidents include the following six categories:
Crashes that involve 18 wheel trucks typically fall into one of the following categories:
• Aggressive Maneuvers – A truck is not a maneuverable as a standard car, van, or SUV, and a truck driver who fails to maintain their vehicle or makes an aggressive lane change can cause an accident.
• Cargo Shifts – Cargo that is not properly loaded, or a trailer that is overloaded can cause the trailer to shift, jackknife and even overturn.
• Rear-end Collisions – Rear-end collisions are one of the most common traffic accidents, however, when there is a large truck involved it can result in severe and even deadly injuries.
• Stopped Trucks – Vehicles that are stopped on the side of the road, or even in the middle of traffic pose a potential problem for all drivers involved.
Truck accidents can be the result of multiple factors, some of which are within the driver’s control. In 2013 the New York Department of Transportation attributed thousands of truck accidents to human factors such as aggressive driving, alcohol use, and texting. However, thousands more were attributed to vehicular factors such as defective accelerators, defective brakes, and overloaded vehicles.
Common Truck Accident Injuries
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2013, an estimated 342,000 large truck accidents were reported to the police. Of these reported accidents, there were 3,964 people killed and another 95,000 people injured. Simple physics will tell you that the larger an object is and the faster it is moving the more force there will be involved in an impact, which means that accidents with tractor-trailers tend to be some of the most severe. Some of the most common truck accident injuries that clients come to us with include:
Head injuries can range from minor concussions to more severe internal injuries such as dermal abrasions, and brain damage.
Internal injuries are among the most serious truck accident injuries and often go unnoticed until extensive damage has been done. With the amount of force behind a tractor-trailer accident, even at a low speed, there is the chance that the delicate internal structures of the body will undergo trauma. It is not uncommon for truck accident victims to have internal bleeding, kidney injuries, spleen injuries, liver injuries, and abdominal injuries.
Back injuries are extremely common and are one of the most detrimental type of injuries that truck accident victims suffer. The back contains many delicate bones as well as the crucial spinal cord. Even a minor fracture in the spinal column can result in severe injuries and lifelong paralysis.
Neck injuries and in particular whiplash are common injuries in truck accidents of any type. However, these injuries are particularly common when there is a rear-end accident. These injuries can not only be painful but can require extensive therapy and medical treatment.
There are over 200 bones in the body, and with the force behind a truck accident, almost all of them are susceptible to being fractured or broken. Fractures are extremely common in truck accidents. Because there are so many bones in the body and there is an incredible amount of force in a truck accident, many truck accident victims will suffer more than one break, and anytime a bone is broken it requires an examination by a medical professional.
When there is an 80,000 pound 18-wheeler involved in an accident, chances are that the occupants in the car are not going to walk away without some injury. In fact, according to nationwide truck accident statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly twenty-five percent of all large truck accidents result in injuries.
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