Truck Transportation Presents Severe Safety Risks Including Death and Injury
There are over 11 million trucks on the roads in the United States, accounting for nearly 500,000 truck collisions annually. Truck driver error accounts for 90% of all collisions. According to some studies as many as half of all truck accidents result from drivers falling asleep at the wheel. One out of every eight automotive fatalities involves trucks including big rigs, tractor-trailers, and other commercial vehicles. Trucking collisions have increased by 20% over the last two decades according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA). In fact, every 16 minutes a truck crash or collision occurs.
A truck collision is not just a bigger car wreck. One tired, overworked truck driver can cause a life-changing collision. Trucks weigh 30 times more than a typical automobile. The increased size and weight of the typical truck increases the impact and consequences of a collision. There are often multiple responsible entities involved with complicated truck liability insurance policies. Truck companies typically are very sophisticated and conduct exhaustive and often self-serving investigations after a collision.
Having skilled personal injury representation for yourself is crucial.
Leading Causes of Truck Collisions in New York and Connecticut
New York and Connecticut roadways, particularly those surrounding the New York City metro area, are congested with trucks and cars alike. The chances of a truck accident increase with this congestion. Some of the leading causes of truck collisions include:
- Driver error
- Equipment failure
- Weather conditions
- Improper loading
Compensation for Injuries Suffered in Truck Collisions
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck collision you may be entitled to the compensation for:
- Past and future medical costs and expenses
- Lost wages
- Destruction of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Punitive damages
Contact a Skilled Truck Accident Attorney
Attorney Patrick J. Filan represents those injured by truck collisions in Connecticut and New York. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to truck driver negligence or error, improper loading, or equipment failure, contact The Law Offices of Patrick J. Filan P.C. online or call 203-349-8074 to initiate your free consultation.