Truck accidents and accidents from large commercial vehicles often cause devastating and catastrophic injuries to the people involved. Injuries often involve broken bones, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, paralysis and even death. In addition to having devastating injuries trucking accidents often involve complex legal situations which can include personal injury claims, workers’ compensation hearings, multiple insurance companies, products liability claims and even criminal charges.
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Common Causes of Tractor Trailer Accidents in Monroe County New York
Accidents can happen for a variety of reasons and even a momentary lapse in attention can result in a traumatic or even catastrophic accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, anytime there is a tractor trailer involved there is a substantially higher likelihood that there will be injuries and even death. Nearly twenty-three percent of all truck accidents involve substantial injuries. Accidents involving large trucks account for well over 130,000 injuries every year and nearly 5,000 deaths across the country.
On highways and other larger roads tractor trailers have been known to drive over the speed limit in an effort to make delivery appointment times. This is particularly dangerous for everyone on the road because the faster a vehicle is moving the less time that a person has to react to any dangerous situations. However, large trucks are unique. These massive vehicles can cause injuries and catastrophic damage at even a low spend, but because they often speed in an effort to meet deadlines, this means that there is an elevated chance that an accident will be catastrophic.
Trucks often drive hundreds of thousands of miles more than an average commuter in a single year. Even in a single day a trucker may drive up to five hundred miles. With this much time spent on the road mechanical issues are always a threat. When a truck is properly maintained, it generally does not lead to many accidents. However, many trucking companies will do a lackluster job in inspecting and maintain the mechanical components of their vehicles. A mechanical failure with the braking system or with the axles can lead to severe consequences for other drivers on the road. One of the most pronounced problems for drivers is with their braking system. Even a truck that is meticulously inspected every day can have a problem with their brakes. Because it can take a tractor the length of several football fields to come to a complete stop even under ideal circumstances, even a minor problem with the braking system can spell disaster for others.
You are probably familiar with the scraps of rubber that can be seen on the side of the road. These are more common on the larger roads where drivers will often speed to meet deadlines. When tires are not properly maintained, including inspecting, rotating, and refilling them with air, they can effectively explode under the immense weight of the vehicle. When a driver is exceeding the speed limit or driving at a high rate of speed, the potential for a tire blow out is only elevated. When a trucks tire loses its tread or explodes it not only poses an immediate danger to the driver but also for all other drivers on the road with them. A tire blowout can cause the driver to immediately lose control over their vehicle. In addition, the tire tread can cause other drivers to swerve to avoid being hit.
Based on the size difference alone, if there is any accident with a tractor-trailer, even one at a low speed, there is an increased likelihood that the passenger vehicle drivers and passengers will sustain significant injuries.
Types of Injuries
Semi-trucks are some of the biggest mechanical devices ever used on modern roads. These 80,000-pound steel vehicles also share the road with some of the lightest vehicles on the road e.g. small cars and motorcycles. This means that anytime there is an accident involving a truck and a smaller vehicle there is an elevated risk that there are not only going to be injuries, but those injuries are going to be severe.
• Broken bones
• Seat belt injuries
• Airbag injuries
• Spinal cord injuries
• Internal injuries
• Spain and Joint Injuries
• Rib and torso injuries
According to the National Institute of Traffic and Highway Safety an accident involving a truck is more likely to result in death or a severe injury than an accident between two passenger vehicles. The amount of passenger vehicle deaths is vastly disproportionate to the injuries and deaths for the truck drivers. Nearly seventy-five percent of all truck crash injuries and deaths are suffered by the people in the vehicle the truck has hit.