New York Truck Accident Attorney
The lawyers at the Brooklyn-based law firm of Rubenstein & Rynecki
have the specialized understanding of the unique issues pertaining to
truck accidents, state and federal trucking laws, and how the trucking
industry operates. Our firm has over three decades of experience fighting
for maximum awards for truck accident victims.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Out of 11,672
New York large truck accidents in 2010, more than 4,000 resulted in personal injuries, and 102 involved fatalities.
With the majority of accidents occurring on weekdays during the hours
when individuals commute to and from work and during normal business hours,
traffic congestion clearly plays a role in the causes of truck accidents.
The most common contributing factors to these
accidents and injuries involved human error, including the following:
- Driver inattention/distraction (2,005)
- Following too closely (1,369)
- Failure to yield right of way (1,161)
- Improper passing or lane usage (1,035)
Other factors can also cause truck accidents, such as the following:
- Driver exhaustion. Particularly during long hauls, the hypnotic effects of the road can cause
drivers to lose focus, in spite of mandated rest periods.
- Insufficient care when loading cargo. Those responsible for loading cargo must take special measures to ensure
the cargo is well-secured – otherwise loads may shift during transit,
causing loss of control of the truck.
- Inadequate safety inspections. Specific laws require trucks to undergo frequent inspections. When inspectors
fail to notice faulty brakes, tires, or other dangerous conditions, the
risk of collision increases.
- Scheduling and other company issues. In an effort to meet customer expectations, trucking management may set
aggressive scheduling requirements, which drivers might address by taking
procedural shortcuts to shave time from their runs.
Common Truck Accident Injuries
Truck accidents can be incredibly dangerous and often result in severe
injuries due to the size and weight difference between a truck and other
vehicles on the road. These accidents can cause a wide range of injuries,
some of which can have long-lasting effects on the victims. Here are some
common injuries that someone can suffer from being in a truck accident:
Fractures and broken bones
Spinal cord injuries
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
Cuts or scrapes
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
How severe an injury is depends on specific circumstances surrounding the
truck accident, but you should seek immediate medical attention no matter
how “minor” your injuries may seem. You should also consult
with a qualified attorney who is experienced in personal injury law as
it’s crucial for your well-being and legal rights.
Whether an accident occurs in NYC, Manhattan, or on the open road in New
York, each truck accident attorney at Rubenstein & Rynecki understands
the full range of issues that can cause trucking accidents. We use our
understanding of the industry – and how a trucking company lawyer
defends his or her powerful client – to develop the compelling evidence
needed to help our clients pursue the winning verdicts and settlements
Seek Support From an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer in NYC
Whether driving on congested Manhattan streets, or traveling NY highways,
every driver should learn the defensive driving techniques needed to safely
share the roads with trucks weighing 10,000 pounds or more. But if you
or a loved one sustains
injuries in a truck accident, our experienced lawyers can make a difference to
your case. It costs nothing to schedule a free consultation at
Rubenstein & Rynecki to discuss your case and learn how we can help. Representing victims since
1972, our firm has the experience, skills, and resources needed to help
you pursue the monetary damages you deserve.