Truck accidents are frightening, no matter how they happen or where they happen. Here in Erie County, there are numerous accidents every day that involves large trucks and other commercial vehicles. Unfortunately, these accidents often leave the injured straddled with bills and expenses that they did not anticipate.
The attorneys at the Reiff Law Firm will carefully research all the legally responsible parties and investigate their insurance policies and coverage to ensure that the injured parties receive the maximum amount of compensation they are entitled to. The attorneys of Reiff Law Firm have over 100 years of combined award-winning experience in representing innocent victims who were catastrophically injured or killed in truck accidents. To schedule a private, no cost evaluation, call the Reiff Law Firm at (215) 709-6940 or contact us online.
Erie County Roads
Erie county is part of the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area, which means that there are numerous major highways that connect Erie county with the rest of the state and the rest of the country. With various local state and interstate highways, trucks are common throughout Erie County. However, truck accidents do not just happen on major roads. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration almost sixty-five percent of all tractor-trailer accidents occurred on rural highways.
- Interstate 90
- Interstate 190
- Interstate 200
- Interstate 990
- S Route 20
- S Route 20A
- S Route 62
- S Route 219
- New York State Route 5
- New York State Route 16
- New York State Route 33
- New York State Route 39
- New York State Route 78
- New York State Route 179
- New York State Route 198
- New York State Route 263
- New York State Route 240
- New York State Route 277
- New York State Route 324
- New York State Route 354
- New York State Route 400
A tractor trailer accident on Route 16 in Sardinia highlights that accidents with tractor-trailers and other large commercial vehicles happen and can be quite dangerous. In early August the Erie County Sheriff’s Office reported that a tractor trailer that was traveling north on Route 16 burst into flames after an accident. A car that was traveling along Genessee Road failed to yield for the tractor-trailer at an intersection causing the tractor to hit the car. Subsequently, the tractor overturned and then burst into flames.
This accident highlights one of the major problems with these large commercial vehicles — they simply are not as maneuverable as other vehicles. In this accident, the driver tried to avoid hitting the car but was unable to because of the size and speed he was going. The Erie County Sheriff’s Office reported that the tractor was driving at approximately forty-five miles an hour at the time of the accident. However, while this driver was in an accident, his diligence and attention to the road is likely the reason why there were no fatalities.
Factors leading to Truck Accidents
When trucks are involved in an accident there is a much greater likelihood that there will be severe injuries due to their sheer size and weight. When on the road a truck driver has to maintain a vehicle that is substantially larger than a standard passenger vehicle, that is less maneuverable, and maintain absolute focus. Even a slight distraction can lead to an accident. The following are some of the most common factors that can cause truck accidents:
- Reckless driving
- Excessive speeding
- Brake failure/mechanical failure from poorly maintained vehicles
- Mechanical failure due to an overloaded/overweight truck
- Driver fatigue or driver use of alcohol or drugs
- Improperly secured cargo, and
- Safety and regulatory violations
In addition to these, a report by the Center for Truck and Bus Statistics highlighted that other factors such as the driver failing to stay in the proper lane, and inattentive driving are some of the most common factors that contribute to a truck accident. Over the last two decades, there has been a steady increase in the number of trucking accidents, many of which can be attributed to the driver not paying attention or engaging in dangerous driving behavior.
New York Insurance Requirements for Trucks
In New York, every vehicle, including tractor-trailers are required to carry no-fault insurance. For drivers, this means that if you are involved in an accident, that your insurance company will be responsible for paying a certain amount after an accident. This can include medical expenses, lost wages, and other incidental expenses that come with an accident. However, these payments are not automatic and if you have been involved in an accident in Erie County New York, then you must file a no-fault application within 30 days after an accident.
However, because truck accident often results in serious injuries which can require expensive surgery and treatment, often the no-fault insurance coverage is exhausted. However, you may still require medical treatment and ongoing therapy. In these cases, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney who has experience representing injured drivers throughout the country.
If You Were Hurt in a Crash with a Truck in Erie County, Our Lawyers Can Help