Two Main Factors That Contribute To Unnecessary Truck Accidents
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute, there are two common causes of truck accidents.
1. Braking Distance
It is a fact that a very heavy, fully loaded tractor-trailer simply can’t brake as quickly as small passenger cars can. Even under perfect weather conditions, it takes a tractor-trailer 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 and does lead to jackknifing trucks and rear-end collisions with passenger cars.
2. Overly Tired Drivers
Truck driver fatigue is another contributing factor in many trucking accidents.
Federal regulations allow commercial trucker to drive a maximum of 11 consecutive hours without a rest and drive up to 77 hours in a seven-day period. However, due to financial motivations and pressure from their companies, many truckers violate these rules.
They become too fatigued, which leads to decreased reflexes and slower reaction times, posing a danger to others on the road.
Decades Of Experience Helping Rochester Recover For Truck Accident Injuries
When a large truck collides with a smaller passenger vehicle, it’s rarely the truck driver who is injured; typically, it’s the occupants of the much smaller passenger vehicle who suffer serious injuries or death.
At Brenna Boyce, we represent the little guy. We are passionate advocates and have decades of experience representing those in Rochester and across the state of New York who have been injured in accidents involving:
- Semitrucks and 18-wheelers
- Garbage trucks
- Utility trucks and construction vehicles
- Delivery trucks (UPS, FedEx, etc.)
Regardless Of The Type Of Negligence, You Deserve Justice
It doesn’t matter if the trucker who hit you was drinking on the job, speeding, driving an overloaded truck or operating the truck while fatigued; you have legal options. Find out how our lawyers at Brenna Boyce can help you recover.