According to the 2017 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Data, Nassau County vehicle accidents rank second among the top ten in New York Counties and a percentage of those occurred from accidents involving trucks.  The trucking industry is a high revenue business  but high costs of the approximately $676 billion dollars in revenue in 2017 are used for insurance settlements and personal injury and wrongful death litigation.  Contact a personal injury attorney if you have been involved in an accident with a big truck causing injury or property damage.

Roadway restrictions for trucks.

New York State has specific driving laws for truck drivers including restrictions on what highways they are allowed to ride upon per Section 385 of the Vehicle & Traffic Law, a 53-foot trailer is allowed only limited travel through New York City to reach destinations on Long Island, using the following routes: I-95 – from Bronx/Westchester County line to I-295; I-295 – from I-95 to Throgs Neck Bridge to the Long Island Expressway (I-495); I-495 – from I-295 to Queens/Nassau County line; and 53-foot long trailers are not allowed to make pick-ups or deliveries in any of the boroughs of New York City.

Actions to take after a truck accident in Long Island, New York.

  1. If you are able, check on the condition of the people involved in the accident;
  2. Call the police or emergency responders if needed;
  3. Get a written accident report;
  4. Remain at the accident scene;
  5. Exchange driver and insurance information;
  6. Get witness contact information;
  7. Call your insurance company to set up a claim;
  8. Seek out medical treatment if necessary;
  9. Take pictures of the scene, and the vehicle damages;
  10. If the truck is a Commercial Vehicle, get State Trooper report.

Types of truck accidents.

Common types of accidents involving trucks include rollover, jackknife, and underride accidents.  Rollover and jackknife accidents occur when the driver brakes causing the trailer to slide around toward the front of the cab, and in a rollover the truck will turn sideways and begin to roll.  Any of these types of accidents can cause damage to nearby vehicles due to the extreme difference in size and weight.  Most truck accidents leave victims with severe, life altering injuries that can cause future loss and pain and suffering.  Even minor injuries because of a tractor trailer accident should be investigated by insurance and legal professionals who can help figure out if you still have a claim since any type of injury requiring medical professionals or hospitals may still rack up expenses you cannot cover.

Damages.

Claims can be made for medical expenses, lost wages, and compensation for pain and suffering and future earnings.  If a death occurs due to the accident, a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed.

Call an attorney.

Hiring a legal professional to assist with the burden of collecting and analyzing the data related to your case is a viable solution to this overwhelming task if you are an accident victim who sustained damages caused by a truck driver. Determining the percentage of fault is a matter for those who have reviewed police reports, witness reports, car damages, roadway marks and other factors present at the time of the accident.  Determining charges based upon acts of negligence that caused the truck-involved accident is a matter for the law enforcement agencies.  Contact Jeremy Schiowitz, a distinguished attorney based in New York City and Long Island, to see if his professional expertise can help you with your case.

Isaacson, Schiowitz & Korson, LLP

371 Merrick Rd
Suite 302

Rockville Centre New York, 11570

347-768-8710

Sources:

https://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/large-trucks/fatalityfacts/large-trucks

https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/retrieveECFR?gp=1&ty=HTML&h=L&mc=true&=PART&n=pt49.5.380#sp49.5.380.b

https://cdan.nhtsa.gov/STSI.htm