Every year, thousands of people use Interstate 678 in New York – and, every year, thousands of people are injured in accidents involving trucks and other commercial vehicles. Unfortunately, truck accidents can cause hundreds of thousands of dollars in injuries and damages. Additionally, if you find yourself in an accident involving a large truck, you will also be facing a sophisticated team of attorneys and insurance adjusters who represent the trucking company with the intent of proving that their driver was not responsible for the accident.
If you were injured in a commercial truck accident with an 18-wheeler or similar vehicle on Interstate 678 or other highways in New York, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and other losses. The highly experienced truck accident injury lawyers of Reiff Law Firm’s The Truck Accident Team may be able to fight on your behalf. To schedule a free and confidential consultation, call us at (215) 246-9000 or contact us online today.
What Causes Truck Crashes on Interstate 678 in New York?
Truck accidents tend to be some of the worst accident types on the road, and unfortunately, they are common on Interstate 678. Some common reasons for truck accidents on this and other highways in New York include:
- Defective truck parts
- Disregard for weight limits
- Driver fatigue
- Driver intoxication (drugs and/or alcohol)
- Excessive speeding
- Poor truck maintenance
In particular, driver fatigue is one of the leading causes of large truck accidents. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Large Truck Crash Causation Study, nearly 15% of all commercial vehicle drivers were considered to be fatigued at the time of their accident.
Trucker fatigue can be attributed to several different factors, such as a lack of sleep, extended work hours, strenuous activities, or a combination of these factors. The United States Department of Transportation has estimated that, in cases where a truck is the cause of an accident, an astounding 87% of such accidents could be attributed to driver fatigue.
Unfortunately, some truck drivers believe that it is less of a risk to drive while under the effects of narcotic substances or prescription drugs than it is to drive while fatigued. However, studies have shown that driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol is also a leading cause of accidents. Substance abuse among truck drivers creates extremely dangerous conditions for other drivers on the road.
In some cases, problems with the truck itself are what cause an accident to occur. While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires that all commercial trucks meet certain safety regulations before they are allowed on the road, which imposes a duty on trucking companies to inspect, repair, and maintain their vehicles, a large percentage of truck accidents can still be attributed to poor vehicle inspections and maintenance. Other accidents are the result of inadequate training and tight delivery schedules, as well as inadequate stopping distances and blind spots.
If you find yourself in an accident with a truck or other large commercial vehicle in New York, you should contact a skilled personal injury attorney immediately. Large trucking companies employ large and aggressive legal teams that will often use pressure and aggressive tactics to scare injured drivers away from filing a lawsuit and receiving the compensation they truly deserve.
How Much Compensation Can You Get for an 18-Wheeler Injury Claim or Settlement?
After an accident involving a commercial truck or other large commercial vehicle, you are likely going to have some form of injury, whether it is to your car or to you. Most people want to know how much they can receive after an accident, and what the law requires the other party to pay.
To begin understanding how much compensation you may receive, or what you can receive compensation for, you have to understand that New York accident claims are frequently filed as negligence claims, which can be summarized as carelessness. When a driver is careless behind the wheel, they can be said to be at fault for any accident and any resulting injury that stems from their careless driving behavior.
After proving that the other driver was at fault for the accident, an attorney will then turn to the damages that occurred. Truck drivers are required to carry insurance to cover those injured in accidents, and the insurance system allows drivers to recover for:
- Vehicle repair or replacement. Because of the size and weight discrepancy between a truck and a standard passenger vehicle, it is very common for your car to be deemed a “total loss,” meaning that the damage exceeds the value of your car. In these cases, you can receive compensation in the amount your car was worth.
- Economic damages. Many truck crashes result in more than just property damage, also causing physical injuries. If you were injured in a truck accident for which the other driver was at fault, you can receive compensation for such losses as your medical bills, the loss of income you sustain, and other financial losses that result from your accident.
- Non-economic damages. In addition to receiving compensation for property damage and for personal injury, New York law also allows an injured person to recover for their physical pain, mental anguish, disfigurement, and physical impairments stemming from a truck accident.
Ultimately, determining how much money you can receive from an accident depends on a variety of factors, such as:
- How seriously you were injured.
- How long you suffered from your injuries.
- Whether or not you will fully recover from your injuries.
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A time limit known as the statute of limitations acts like a legal clock that begins ticking once you have sustained an injury. If the statute of limitations expires, you will be unable to pursue your claim, which means you will lose your ability to fight for closure and compensation.