Trucking accidents are vastly different from standard car accidents. In addition to the vast size discrepancy between the two types of vehicles, there are also laws that are specifically designed to address the trucking industry regarding safety and operation. However, all too often an accident happens because a truck driver or trucking company choose to ignore the laws and regulations. Truck accidents have devastating consequences not just on the vehicles involved but also on the lives of the people involved in the accidents.
Roads in Nassau County
Located east of New York City there are nineteen major highways in and around Nassau County and Long Island, some of the most heavily traveled roads include:
- Interstate 495 also known as the Long Island Expressway
- Northern State Parkway
- Route 231
- New York Route 107
- Route 25
- Route 27A
- New York Route 106
- Route 135
- Route 27
- Route 454
- The Wantaugh State Parkway
The Long Island Expressway is a major road that thousands of people use on a daily basis. Not only are commuters on their way to work using this road, but so are large commercial vehicles and tractor trailers. This past July a tragic accident involving a tractor trailer and another driver highlights the importance of being safe on the road. On July 21, 2016, a man driving on the Long Island Expressway in Old Westbury was killed when he got out of his vehicle to change a flat tire. Police noted that the man got out of his car during rush hour to change a flat tire when he was struck and killed by a passing tractor trailer near Exit 39.
Common Causes of truck accidents in Nassau County New York
Truck accidents are often the result of a variety of factors, many of which stem from some negligence on the part of the driver. Indeed, in a truck accident where there are injuries, negligence on the part of the driver is the basis for an injured being awarded compensation from the courts. Some of the most common reasons for truck accidents in Nassau County New York and throughout the country can be attributed to inexperienced and fatigued drivers, improperly loaded cargo, and equipment failure.
A jackknifing accident is a relatively common truck accident term. These accidents refer to a certain dangerous situation that arises when the trailer swings to one side of the truck causing the trailer to form an angle with the cab. Generally, these accidents occur when one or more of the wheels lock up due to wet or slick road conditions. However, jackknifing is often caused by the driver exceeding the speed for the road.
Rollover accidents are a potentially deadly accident that is more prone to occur to a tractor-trailer or other commercial vehicle than it is to a standard car, SUV or truck. While rollover accidents can happen to a passenger vehicle when they take a turn too quickly, a rollover accident can happen to a tractor trailer merely because they overcorrect. While these accidents are relatively minor for standard passenger vehicles and only account for a meager three percent of all accidents, tractor trailers are more prone to these accident and rollover accidents made up over thirty percent of all truck accidents.
Tractor-trailers and other large commercial vehicles do not drive the same way that a standard car does, and how they approach and execute turn is completely different than a car or SUV. Because there are many factors that go into properly executing a turn when you are operating a ten-thousand-pound vehicle such as speed, visibility, turning radius, and space, even slight negligence can result in an accident.
However, because a truck accident is often the result of several factors there can be more than one person who may be held liable for the accident. Some of the people and parties who may be liable for a truck accident include:
- The truck driver
- The trucking company
- The truck maintenance company
- The company which loaded the truck
- The condition of the roads, signage, or lighting at the time
- Third party vehicles
It is important that you work with an attorney to determine who is or who may be liable for the accident. Trucking companies will often employ aggressive strategies to not only avoid liability but also to convince you to sign away your rights to recover.