Decades Of Experience In Truck Accidents

When a large truck collides with a smaller passenger vehicle, it's rarely the truck driver who gets injured. Typically, it's the occupants of the other vehicle who suffer serious injuries or death.

At Brenna Boyce, we are passionate advocates on behalf of accident victims in the Rochester area and across New York. Our personal injury lawyers all have decades of experience in cases involving:

  • Semi-trucks and 18-wheelers
  • Garbage trucks
  • Utility trucks and construction vehicles
  • Delivery trucks (UPS, FedEx, etc.)

Braking Distance Is One Important Factor

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute point out several common causes of truck accidents.

One cause is the fact that fully loaded tractor-trailers can't brake as quickly as cars can. In fact, under perfect weather conditions, it takes tractor-trailers 20 to 40 percent longer to come to a complete stop. When the roads are wet or icy, or when the vehicle's brakes are not in top condition, it takes even longer to stop. This can easily lead to jackknifing trucks and rear-end collisions with passenger cars.

Overly Tired Drivers Is Another Factor

Truck driver fatigue is another significant factor in some trucking accidents. Federal regulations only allow truckers to drive 11 consecutive hours without a rest. Plus, regulations state that truckers can only drive up to 77 hours in seven days. However, due to financial motivations and pressure from their companies, many truckers operate on much less sleep than they should. Fatigue leads to decreased reflexes and slower reaction times, posing a danger to others on the road.

Regardless Of The Type Of Negligence, You Deserve Justice

No matter whether the trucker who hit you was drinking on the job, speeding, driving an overloaded truck or negligent in some other way, you have rights. Learn about those rights by contacting Brenna Boyce at 585-454-2000, or email our Rochester attorneys. We offer a free initial consultation.