Truck accidents are unique accidents on the road because these accidents typically involve multiple factors and multiple injuries. In addition, most accidents that happen on the road between passenger vehicles do not have a large company behind them who will send people out to the accident scene to clear evidence of negligence and wrongdoing. However, all too often victims of large truck accidents find that this is just the case. Truck accidents are some of the most traumatic accidents on the road and often result in severe injuries and even loss of life.
If you find yourself the victim of a truck accident, know that you are not alone. The attorneys of Reiff Law Firm’s The Truck Accident Team 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 our law offices at (215) 709-6940 or contact us online.
About the Long Island Expressway
The first section of this road opened in 1940 and was quickly expanded in 1941 by the New York City Planning Commission in a proposed extension known as the “Midtown Highway.”
The New York State Department of Public Works (NYSDPW) defined the route of the Long Island Expressway through Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties as follows:
- Queens-Midtown Expressway: from Queens-Midtown Tunnel approach to Queens Boulevard.
- Horace Harding Expressway: from Queens Boulevard to the Nassau county line.
- Long Island Expressway: Beginning at a point on the New York City line in the vicinity of the village of Lake Success, thence running generally easterly through or near the hamlet of Jericho to the Nassau-Suffolk county line in the vicinity of the hamlet of Plainview. Beginning at the Suffolk-Nassau county line in or near the hamlet of Melville, thence running generally easterly through or near the hamlets of Ronkonkoma, Medford Station, Yaphank, Manorville and Riverhead to a state highway in or near the hamlet of Mattituck, including a spur connection to the Sunrise Highway Extension.
New York State Traffic records indicate that this road sees a massive daily influx of users with an estimated daily traffic volume exceeding 100,000 vehicles. Estimates have been further broken down to determine that this road sees about 10,000 vehicles every hour or about 900 vehicles per hour per individual lane. These figures were based on reports from the early 1960’s.
According to the New York State Department of Transportation, the Long Island expressway currently handles approximately 210,000 vehicles per day through the borough of Queens. Approximately 190,000 vehicles per day through Nassau County, approximately 150,000 vehicles per day through western Suffolk County, approximately 100,000 vehicles per day through central Suffolk County, and approximately 30,000 vehicles per day near its eastern terminus.
Accidents on the Long Island Expressway
With the number of people who use the Long Island Expressway every day, it is not uncommon for accidents to happen. For example, on October 3, 2016, a tractor-trailer overturned in the early morning hours spilling fuel onto the expressway and blocking traffic for several hours. This accident included two other vehicles, however, fortunately, there were only minor injuries reported.
A similar story was reported in July when a tractor-trailer overturned on the Long Island Expressway near Flushing Meadows. The truck was heading east when it flipped onto its side and began to leak oil onto the road. While there were also no reports of major injuries, other accidents on the Long Island Expressway result in significant injuries and even loss of life. In late August, three people lost their lives as a result of a chain accident, and nearly a dozen other people were injured. This accident was attributed to one driver speeding and setting off a chain reaction, however, while this accident did not involve any tractor-trailers it only serves to show the danger when a driver is exceeding the speed limit.
If you or a family member was injured in a truck accident on the Long Island Expressway, you need one of our experienced personal injury attorneys to fight for your rights. We will pursue your personal injury claim or wrongful death claim aggressively and will hold the truck driver, the trucking company, or other third parties involved liable for their actions and injuries to you and your family. We have experience handling all truck accident claims, including those involving:
- Truck driver fatigue
- Truck driver negligence
- Truck drivers using cell phones
- Truck drivers hitting bicyclists
Common Truck Accident Injuries on the Long Island Expressway
With hundreds of thousands of people driving on the Long Island Expressway, it is almost inevitable that there will be accidents on the road. However, when a truck driver is behind the wheel and are not exercising the proper caution while operating their vehicle, not only is there an increased chance of an accident, but there is also an increased chance that the accident will result in serious injuries. Some of the most common truck accident injuries on the Long Island Expressway include:
- Broken Bones
- Cuts and lacerations
- Spinal cord injuries
- Abdominal injuries
- Head and neck injuries
The New York Department of Transportation keeps detailed reports of large truck accidents and the injuries they cause. In 2014, the New York Department of Transportation noted that there were an estimated 11,848 crashes that involved a large truck. Among these accidents, there were over 3,760 non-fatal injuries, 8,014 property damage crashes, and sadly, there was a total of 74 fatal crashes that resulted in 79 people losing their lives. Depending on the circumstances of your case you or your family may be entitled to significant compensation for your injuries. This can include coverage for your medical bills, rehabilitation services, continuing medical care and treatment, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and even loss of life.
Injured on the Long Island Expressway? Trust Our Truck Accident Injury Lawyers
If you’ve suffered severe injuries or the death of a loved one in an accident with a large truck, bus, or another commercial vehicle the lawyers of Reiff Law Firm’s The Truck Accident Team may be able to fight for you. To schedule a free and confidential legal consultation call (215) 246-9000 or contact us online today.