Trucking Accidents

 

Collisions with large tractor-trailers cause many injuries and deaths each year on our nation’s highways. Semi trucks (“18 wheelers,” “big rigs”) are so large and heavy that drivers and passengers of sedans and smaller trucks can be at a great disadvantage on the road. Trucks can weigh over 10,000 pounds, compared to a typical sedan weight of 2,000-3,000 pounds.

A collision with a truck, tractor trailer, semi, or big rig can be very dangerous for drivers of cars and other small vehicles.Some causes of trucking accidents include: high bumper height or lack of bumpers on tractor trailers (can lead to underride accidents), truck speeding, aggressive driving, jackknifing, unsafe lane changes and maneuvers, truck driver fatigue, truck driver drug and alcohol abuse, and unsafe trucks or truck parts (poor maintenance).

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), part of the Department of Transportation, sets Hours of Service regulations for truck drivers. These rules are intended to promote safety by restricting the number of hours a truck driver may drive without rest, the number of consecutive days a truck driver may drive, and other factors. In an effort to achieve higher profits, many trucking and shipping companies violate these regulations. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident with a big rig, Ashkin Law will investigate the accident to determine the best avenue to financial recovery.

 

 

 

 









Ashkin Law Firm
Roberta Ashkin, Esq.
300 East 42nd St. 14th Fl
New York New York 10017
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