Long Island Truck Accident Attorney
Negligence Can Lead to Serious Accidents or Death
The probability of surviving a truck accident without suffering from a serious injury is not favorable. In fact, the forceful impact of a semi-truck colliding with cars, bicyclists, or pedestrians is typically catastrophic.
For this reason, the federal government heavily regulates the trucking industry. With an estimated 70 percent of the nation’s delivery relying on big trucks, trucking, as an industry is here to stay. Regulation has been the solution to reducing the number of truck accidents that occur. However, in many cases, people are still at risk for accidents, especially when trucking companies and their drivers do not adhere to safety regulations.
In the eyes of a court, the failure to follow regulations is negligence. Lawyers handling truck accident cases must prove that a trucking company or driver was negligent, and that the damages sustained in the accident were directly related to that negligence.
Trucking Industry Regulations
Truck drivers and trucking companies have numerous regulations they must follow. For example, the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) requires companies to follow routing regulations. In other words, only certain roads or highways permit trucks to travel. Drivers must keep various logs and file reports. Companies must preserve their records for specified amounts of time. Drivers must submit to drug testing and adhere to hours of service rules, not exceeding allowed consecutive driving times. Vehicles must undergo regular inspection and maintenance.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
A few of the more common driving errors that result in truck accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Using a phone while driving
- Driving too fast for weather or road conditions
- Wide right turns
- Failure to regard truck blind spots
- Brake failure
- Moving out of lanes
- Improper truck maintenance
- Failure to properly secure cargoes
- Driver fatigue
- Prescription drug use
- Driving under the influence of alcohol
If you notice a truck driver was speeding or seemed drowsy or intoxicated, it is crucial to mention this to your attorney.
Consult with an Experienced Long Island Truck Accident Lawyer
Because trucking companies retain attorneys, private investigators and other professions to argue their case, it is vital to have your own lawyer. Attorney John Fazzini has been in practice since 1993, and his primary focus has been handling accident cases. You can rely on his experience to advocate on your behalf. Call (631) 547-8989 or use our online form to schedule a free consultation to discuss your accident and your rights to recover compensation.
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