The Holland Tunnel passes underneath the Hudson River and (along with the Lincoln Tunnel, the Tappan Zee Bridge, and other routes) is one of them main access points to New York City. The tunnel opened in 1927 and has been operating ever since. I-78 is the main highway that passes through the tunnel, but the New Jersey side also connects Route 139.
Because of the way this tunnel crosses between New Jersey and New York, it is a common route of travel for cars and trucks to get in and out of New York City. Inevitably, on any road that has trucks, there are trucking crashes. If you have been hurt in a trucking accident, it is important to not only seek medical help, but legal help, to sort out how you may be compensated for your injuries.
Trucks Pose a Danger to Other Drivers
Trucks are not only enormous, but require extra training and licensing to drive safely. There are so many rules and regulations in place to ensure that truckers drive safely and space out their driving time, but these rules are not always followed.
Truck drivers and trucking companies often have incentives to break these rules in order to conduct more business. Since money in Big Trucking is usually based on how much freight they can move, and how quickly, their goals are often to keep as many trucks and as many drivers on the road as they can at all times. That means that trucks get less opportunity for maintenance, may be overfilled or improperly loaded with cargo, and may be run-down.
Drivers often are working hard, long hours to support their families. They may get paid more if they own their own trucks, but they also get paid more for driving longer runs more often. That is an incentive to stay awake and keep driving. Some truckers turn to abusing caffeine and other drugs, both legal and illegal, in order to keep alert on the road. Even if truckers are not using drugs, tired driving, especially on long, continuous runs, can be just as dangerous as driving under the effects of drugs or alcohol.
Additionally, the trucks themselves may be dangerous. The effects of improperly loading a truck can be devastating to its safety and road performance, leading to unwanted movement and even roll-overs at high speeds. Failures of tires and other parts may create catastrophic and sudden accidents on the road. Especially in a context that encourages keeping trucks on the road as long as possible, rather than properly servicing or replacing them, this can be deadly.
You May Be Able to Get Compensation as the Victim of a Truck Crash
When trucks are involved in accidents, especially at high speeds, those crashes may result in worse injuries and more fatalities than car-to-car collisions. Especially in tunnels and on bridges, where there is no room to maneuver or avoid a crash, truck crashes can be even more deadly.
It is common for a crash with a regular car to result in tragic injuries and loss of life, and all of that is made worse by the sheer size and weight of trucks – whether loaded with cargo or not. Simple sounding injuries like cuts, scrapes, and whiplash can even be made worse by the more powerful impact of trucks. It is common for truck crashes to cause the death of other drivers on the road. Even if no one dies in a truck crash, it is common for drivers to receive tragic, permanent injuries. This may include brain damage, loss of limb, chronic pain, paralysis, or even death.
Some injuries may be obvious right away, but other injuries may take time to appear. Injuries to the neck, back, spine, head, and brain especially may not be noticed for a few days. Even if you are lucky enough to walk away from a truck crash, you may later face these injuries.
Fortunately, there may be options for drivers to recover financially from truck crash injuries or death. Insurance and the companies who hire truckers may be liable for the injuries in a truck crash. That means that injured drivers may be able to recover money for medical bills, lost wages, lost future wages, continuing medical needs, and even death of a loved one in the crash. There may also be options to seek damages that punish trucking companies for ignoring safety rules.
Speak To a Truck Accident Attorney Serving New York State
If you have been injured or lost a loved one to a truck crash in the Holland Tunnel, get help from lawyers that care. Reiff & Bily’s The Truck Accident Team works around the country to help the victims of Big Trucking get reimbursed for their medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages. Call (800) 896-6173 to get help from The Truck Accident Team.