The State of New York is unfortunately home to many truck accidents each and every year that result in a number of accidents. Drivers, pedestrians, and others have suffered injury and even death.
In 2013, there were 92 fatal large truck crashes in New York. In the same year, 105 people were killed in large truck crashes, demonstrating that there are often more injuries than accidents. Ten drivers of large trucks were killed, while 43 small truck drivers were killed.
When we discuss non-fatal truck crashes, the number rises significantly to 3,850. Within these 3,850 non-fatal crashes, 20,629 vehicles were involved.
As evident in the statistics detailed above, truck accidents happen far too often and result in far too much devastation. The most common cause of truck crashes in 2013 was distracted drivers, followed by tailgating, failure to yield right-of-way, hazardous lane changes and other driving violations.
In the New York area, there are many roadways that experience numerous truck accidents each year. The most dangerous road for large trucks is the stretch of Interstate 95 in the state, otherwise known as the New York State Thruway. This road crosses the Hudson River on the George Washington Bridge from New Jersey into the Bronx and Westchester. Truck drivers will go 30 or 40 miles out of their way to avoid using the bridge, because it is notorious for horrific trucking accidents. Truckers complain of gridlock and sizable potholes that make driving very dangerous for vehicles of any size. Narrow roadways, in addition to the influx of cars commuting in and out of New York City via the George Washington Bridge every day, present problems for truck drivers and lead to many accidents.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a truck accident, call our office today. Our attorneys have over a combined century of experience dealing with truck accident cases in and around New York City and have achieved over $100 million in settlements and verdicts to prove our success record. We have spent countless hours analyzing truck accidents and we do everything from checking red light camera footage to speaking with expert witnesses to make sure the truth is told. Call our office today to figure our your next steps in your truck accident. We are here to help you.