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A fully-loaded 18-wheeler can weigh up to 80,000 lbs. In a collision with a large truck, passenger vehicle occupants are likely to suffer serious or fatal injuries. If you or your loved one has been hurt in a trucking accident, contact Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. We serve Manhattan and New York City, representing people who have been injured through the negligence of others.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) provides the following facts about large truck accidents in 2016:
Large commercial trucks on the roadways present a great risk for other motorists. Although any type of motor vehicle collision can cause serious injuries or death, truck accidents are particularly dangerous for several reasons.
Commercial trucks, or ‘big rigs’ tend to weigh 80,000 pounds and up, twenty times more than the weight of typical automobiles. Despite regulations that exist to ensure truckers do not drive more than ten hours per day, many times they’re given financial incentives for traveling large distances quicker, which can directly harm other drivers’ safety. Bigger Insurance Policies – Truck drivers’ insurance policies are many times larger than standard auto accident policies. This can put the total value of insurance in the millions, so you know that the different insurance carriers named in a lawsuit will do everything they can to prove they were not liable. Veteran insurance adjusters will be called in to use a variety of tactics, such as offering a low-ball payout, when your case might be worth far more. Having an experienced lawyer by your side can help make the entire process less stressful. Increased Property Damage Coverage: As mentioned above, the weight and overall size of an 18-wheeler commercial rig are far larger than a typical vehicle. Accordingly, any surrounding property is going to be affected much more than in a crash involving two autos. More Serious Injuries – Similarly, the injuries that are common in car accidents are also far more severe and can include extensive medical bills. From serious whiplash and broken bones to brain trauma and severe lacerations, injuries following a truck accident are often life-changing. Much Larger Medical Bills: The amount of time spent in a hospital tends to be much longer than car accident-related injuries. Victims of truck accidents are unable to return to work for a prolonged period of time, if at all. An accident with a large commercial truck is far more likely to result in death than a crash between two passenger cars. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there are between 3,000 and 5,000 deaths due to truck accidents every year. Considering the number of variables involved in truck accidents and the considerable resources wielded by the trucking companies and their insurers, getting a no-cost case assessment is a recommended first step when deciding whether to obtain the services of a lawyer.
Trucking accidents are complex cases involving federal regulations and multiple potentially liable parties. They also tend to cause serious or catastrophic injuries to passenger vehicle occupants. Our NYC truck accident lawyers have the knowledge, resources, and experience to thoroughly investigate trucking accidents, determine liability, and fully assess the extent of the injuries suffered. We can negotiate skillfully on your behalf or fight for your rights at trial, if necessary.
If you or your loved one has been hurt in a trucking accident, it is important to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. to schedule a consultation at 212-240-9465. You can have confidence that we will aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve.