Westchester County Truck Accident Attorneys
Truck Accident Attorneys in Harrison, New York
New York State has some of the busiest roads in America. Some of our roads are populated by aggressive drivers with little care for the safety of others. When you are involved in an accident with a truck, the chances of serious injury rise dramatically. A truck driver has a responsibility to drive safely, within the legal speed limit, and within the allotted time they are allowed on the road per day. When a truck driver acts recklessly and irresponsibly, they put everyone at risk. If you were injured by a truck driver’s neglect, you may be able to recover damages that can help you recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and more. If you need an attorney with the experience it takes to effectively represent your interests and see that you are justly compensated for your injuries, contact Hausman & Pendzick today.
The pitfalls of being a truck driver
Truck drivers have a very difficult and demanding job. They are under immense pressure to make up time for the restrictions on the hours they are allowed on the road per day. The Federal Motor Carriage Safety Administration restricts a truck driver to 11 hours of driving within a 14-hour work day. Truck drivers are maxed out at a 70 hour work week, which was reduced from the 82 hours they were previously allowed to work. The intention was to protect truck drivers from being overworked and exploited. The employers of truck drivers do not want to see a change in productivity which results in truck drivers feeling pressured to speed or drive recklessly. Unfortunately, the pressures of the job, exhaustion of driving so many hours per day, and other factors lead to truck crashes.
What else causes truck collisions?
There are countless factors that can lead to truck crashes. Trucks are large and hard to maneuver. Visibility is a major problem as the mirrors can only cover so much area. Trucks have huge blind spots that can affect their driver’s ability to see small vehicles on the road, which can ultimately lead to a driver becoming trapped, run off the road, and more. When a truck stops, it needs a certain amount of space to come to a complete stop. With an average length of 45 to 65 feet and weight up to 80,000 pounds, it would take about 525 feet for a truck to come to a stop. That is almost 2 football fields. It is very easy for a truck driver operating the vehicle irresponsibly to not have the necessary room to complete the stop without incident. Additionally, trucks are susceptible to mechanical problems like any other vehicle. Unfortunately, when a truck has mechanical problems, it can put more people in danger. When an 80,000-pound vehicle has mechanical problems, the results can be devastating.
Contact a Westchester County truck accident lawyer
Hausman & Pendzick has been a legal resource for the people of Westchester County and the greater New York City area for years. If you have been injured in a New York truck accident, you should contact Hausman & Pendzick for a free consultation. Our firm will work tirelessly to see that you are compensated fairly for your injuries. Contact the experienced attorneys at Hausman & Pendzick today.