Staten Island is in the southwest of New York City, and is the least populated region. However, as part of the New York City system, it is one of the most traveled areas in the country. With major roads such as Victory Boulevard and New York State Route 439 in constant use by truckers coming in and out of the city, it is easy to see why truck accidents can happen on Staten Island.
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.
Why are Tractor-Trailers So Dangerous?
While the average automobile weighs around 3,000 pounds, a fully loaded semi-truck, on the other hand, can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. This means that a tractor trailer driver has an incredible responsibility each and every time that they get behind the wheel. However, all too often drivers are not as diligent as they should be and will engage in reckless and negligent driving behavior. There are approximately 500,000 trucking accidents that occur each year in the United States and nearly twenty-five percent of them result in serious injuries. Some of the reasons why tractor-trailers are so dangerous to include:
- Size – one of the most dangerous things about a tractor trailer is just their sheer size. As noted above, a tractor trailer can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and be as long as 60 feet. Their weight as compared to a standard car or even a large SUV can be 16 times heavier, which combined with even minimal speed can be disastrous.
- Poor braking ability – in an emergency, a car traveling at sixty miles an hour can bring their car to a complete stop in a little over one hundred feet. However, the average tractor-trailer needs approximately 350 feet or more to come to a stop if they were traveling at the same speed. To put this into perspective, this is about the length of a football field.
- Poor maneuverability – smaller cars, motorcycles, and SUV’s are often advertised performing nimble maneuvers on the road; impressively weaving in and out of cones, and gracefully parallel parking. Trucks, however, are not nearly as agile on the road and lack the ability to weave in and out of traffic. In fact, drivers cannot make sudden changes when they are driving or they run the risk of losing control over their vehicle. That being said, a truck’s poor maneuverability can cause an accident anytime a driver would be required to make a sudden movement on the road such as changing lanes.
- Dangerous and improperly secured cargo – tractors are often tasked with delivering and disposing of dangerous and often flammable chemicals and products. Not only is there a risk of fire, but trucks often transport explosive devices and biomedical waste, therefore anytime there is an accident with a vehicle carrying these products there are additional concerns and even a minor accident can turn into a devastating event.
Tractor trailers are important vehicles that are responsible for delivering many of the goods and products that we need and enjoy. However, when a negligent truck driver is involved in an accident there are likely going to be injuries.
Common Injuries on Staten Island
In 2013 there were an estimated 95,000 victims injured in large truck-related accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that in 2013, there were an estimated 342,000 large truck accidents reported to police. Of these reported accidents, there were 3,964 people killed and another 95,000 people injured. The attorneys of the Reiff Law Firm’s The Truck Accident Team are passionate about helping those who are injured in truck accidents and other commercial vehicle accidents. Truck accident claims are complex because of the serious injuries that they often cause and the multiple parties that can be held liable for the accident. In addition, often truck accidents result in more than one injury at a time. Some of the most common injuries drivers experience during a truck accident include:
- Brain and head injuries
- Neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
- Facial injuries
- Internal injuries
- Broken bones
Often these accidents will require that you seek emergency medical treatment, and even surgery. A nationwide analysis of outpatient ER visits revealed that the average cost of the 10 most common types of visits was $1,233, and in 2012, the average hospital cost for a person who needed to stay in the hospital for surgery was as high as $21,200 per day. Even if you do not require surgery the cost to stay under observation at the hospital can be averaged across the country as $8,500.
Injured in an Accident on Staten Island? Contact a truck Accident Lawyer
Trucking accidents don’t discriminate, leaving victims emotionally, physically, and economically devastated. When you choose Reiff Law Firm’s The Truck Accident Team, you choose a team of truck accident attorneys who will give undivided attention to your cause no matter what time of day. We return your calls within 24 hours, making house calls if we need to. To schedule a private, no-cost evaluation, call our law offices at (215) 709-6940 or contact us online.