Syracuse, NY- Truck accidents don’t occur with the same frequency as passenger vehicle accidents, but when one does it can have disastrous consequences for the victim or victims. Truck accident victims are twice as likely to be killed and suffer serious or debilitating injuries. Truck driver error is the most common cause of these dangerous accidents.

The FMSCA investigated the reasons driver errors occur and found numerous causes, but the primary causes are the use of prescription or over-the-counter drugs, driving under the influence of alcohol, distracted driving, fatigue and speeding. According to the FMSCA study of all the truck accidents caused by driver error:

  • 18 percent involved fatigued drivers
  • 23 percent involved drivers who were traveling too fast for conditions, and
  • 44 percent involved truckers who were taking prescription or over-the-counter drugs

Truck drivers work long hours and often spend day after day on the road practically living in the cab of their rigs. Fatigue is an issue that plagues all drivers, but truckers are especially prone to drive when they have not had enough rest.

Fatigue can cause a driver to be unaware of the changes in traffic flow, lose control of their vehicle, be inattentive and over or underreact when a hazardous situation arises.

Truckers are required to follow strict guidelines called hours-of-service rules in order to combat fatigued trucking accidents. These rules are outlined by the FMCSA and should be strictly enforced, but many drivers and trucking companies are willing to defy those rules in order to get their cargo to its destination and move on to the next job.

The truck accident attorneys at DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Law Firm in Syracuse know the federal regulations. If an investigation reveals a driver or their trucking company violated federal regulations, they may be able to secure a generous truck accident settlement on their client’s behalf.

Every truck driver is forbidden from taking controlled substances or drinking alcohol while they are on-duty. Federal law also requires trucking companies test their drivers regularly for illicit drug use. However, some drivers are allowed to take certain medications so long as they are prescribed by a licensed physician, and the drugs will not present a driving hazard.

Even with strict federal and state guidelines, there are many occasions where an intoxicated truck driver causes a serious accident while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. When you have been injured in a truck accident that involves an intoxicated driver it is important you contact Syracuse truck accident attorney Jeff DeFrancisco to help you with your personal injury claim. He and his skilled staff will investigate every aspect of your accident in order to build a solid case.

Speeding is something almost everyone does, it can be risky in any vehicle but in a tractor-trailer it can fatal. All vehicles are harder to control or stop it the driver is traveling at a high rate of speed, but when that vehicle is large that can weigh in excess of 10,000 lbs., the resulting damage can be much greater. A truck driver who is traveling too fast for conditions is responsible for any injuries they cause.

In recent years, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found that truck driver errors are more likely to be the primary cause of injurious or fatal truck accidents than inclement weather, hazardous road conditions or mechanical failures.

If you have been injured in accident caused by a truck driver’s error, the truck accident attorneys at DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Law Firm will aggressively pursue that negligent driver, their trucking company or both to assure you are get every bit of compensation you are entitled to for your injuries of the death of a loved one.