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The Toll of Accidents Involving Large Trucks

Tractor-trailer accidents cause thousands of deaths and injuries every year. A recent accident on the New Jersey Turnpike involving two tractor-trailers and two box trucks underscores the dangers. One person died and another was injured in the accident, the Associated Press reported.

According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, accidents involving large trucks led to 96 fatalities and more than 5,500 injuries in 2011 in New York. Many of those seriously and fatally injured were other motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists involved in collisions with trucks.

The list of factors cited by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for serious crashes involving large trucks include:

  • Decision errors, such as driving too fast for conditions, tailgating, misjudging other vehicles’ speeds, were reported in 38 percent of serious crashes.
  • Recognition errors, such as distracted driving or inattentiveness, 28 percent.
  • Non-performance errors, such as falling asleep at wheel or being otherwise physically impaired, 12 percent.
  • Performance errors, such as driver panic or overcompensation, 9 percent.

These types of driver errors are factors in accidents involving not only truck but all types of vehicles.

If you or a family member has been hurt in a New York crash involving a semi-truck or other vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation. The New York personal injury lawyers at David Resnick & Associates, P.C., can help protect your legal rights.

If a truck accident has negatively affected your life, contact us.

Sources:

  • New York Department of Motor Vehicles: Large Truck Crash Summary
  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration: 2008 Large Truck Crash Overview
  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration: The Large Truck Crash Causation Study

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