Truck Accidents

Kingston NY Truck Accident Attorney

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New York State has some of the busiest roads in America. Vehicles of all shapes and sizes frequent the thoroughfares that connect villages to town and towns to cities across our great state. Some of our roads are dangerously congested, populated by aggressive drivers with little care for others’ safety. If you are involved in an accident, you could face a serious injury. When you are in a crash with a truck, the chances of serious injury rise dramatically. A truck driver has a responsibility to drive safely, within the legal speed limit, and within the allotted time allowed on the road per day. When a truck driver acts recklessly and irresponsibly, they put everyone at risk. If you get into an accident with a truck, you could face injuries including spinal cord damage, concussion, whiplash, broken bones, dismemberment, and more. If you were injured by a truck driver’s neglect, you may be able to recover damages that can help you with medical bills, lost wages, and more. If you need a lawyer with experience to effectively represent your interests and see that you are justly compensated for your injuries, contact Jeff Brody Injury Law.

The pitfalls of being a truck driver

Truck drivers have a very difficult job. Truck drivers are under immense pressure to make up time for the restrictions on the hours they are allowed on the road per day. The Federal Motor Carriage Safety Administration restricts a truck driver to 11 hours of driving within a 14 hour work day. Truck drivers are maxed out at a 70 hour work week, down from the 82 hours they were previously allowed to work. The intention was to protect truck drivers from being overworked and exploited. The employers of truck drivers do not want to see a change in productivity and truck drivers feel pressured to speed and take less care while operating their vehicles. Unfortunately, the pressures of the job, exhaustion of driving so many hours per day, and other factors lead to truck crashes.

What else causes truck collisions?

There are countless factors that can lead to truck crashes. Visibility can be a major factor in a truck accident. Trucks are large and hard to maneuver. Visibility is a major problem as the mirrors can only cover so much area. Trucks have huge blind spots that can affect their ability to see small vehicles on the road leading to a driver becoming trapped, ran off the road, and more.

Trucks are heavy and often loaded with cargo that adds to the enormous weight. When a truck stops, it needs a certain amount of area to come to a complete stop. With an average length of 45 to 65 feet and weight up to 80,000 pounds, it would take about 525 feet for a truck to come to a stop. That is almost 2 football fields. It is very easy for a truck driver operating the vehicle irresponsibly to not have the necessary room to complete the stop without incident. Additionally, trucks are susceptible to mechanical problems like any other vehicle. Unfortunately, when a truck has mechanical problems, it can put more people in danger. When an 80,000-pound vehicle has mechanical problems, the results can be devastating.

Contact an Ulster County truck accident lawyer

Jeff Brody Injury Law has been a legal resource for the people of Kingston, Ulster County, and the greater New York area for over 30 years. Through his established personal injury practice, Attorney Brody effectively represents people seriously injured in truck incidents. If you have been injured in a New York truck accident, you should contact Jeff Brody Injury Law for a free consultation. The firm will work tirelessly to see that you are compensated fairly for your injuries.